Why let them off the hook?Ironically the longer it goes on as a non-event the more desperately many will cling to the idea that it's a big problem and we need to lock down harder because the alternative is to accept that their hysteria has permanently changed life - decimated their cities, destroyed livelihoods, will kill millions over the years with secondary effects, was a huge upwards transfer of wealth - all for absolutely nothing. Their minds can't handle that, the idea that I did that, me, the Good Liberal. Nothing I did could ever do that! It's not possible!
They're effectively hoping for a big mass death to justify their hysteria post facto. The alternative - that they're selfish disgusting NPCs - is simply too much for their minds to accept. The cognitive dissonance is too much.
That's why I keep saying we need to find a way to let people off the hook. It sucks, you'll want to hold people's feet to the fire for what they've done, but as long as that's the case the normies just won't be able to let things go. They need an out, they need an excuse, they need to be able to say "Okay, lockdown was a huge clusterfuck, but that's not my fault, that was the the man, I'm just a victim!". Sucks, but if we ever want life to return we have to offer that get out of jail free card to normies at large.
They have to see in their own eyes the devastation that they caused. If anything, 2020 showed me that the normies are indeed a danger, and cannot be ignored. They are the ones who will happily push me under the bus, vote to take my land away, increase taxation to "help the women and children", and install a Draconian dictatorship, ignoring any form of civil liberties or protest.
You are DELUSIONAL (and I had to capitalize this) if you think that there is any way to get back to "the old life". Unless you live in one of the few free states, your gym is not going to re-open, the restaurants are going to stay "take away only" for a long while. Your cash is going to become more useless with each passing year.
There is nothing to go back to. And at least here in West Europe, the real layoff wave has not even started, since everything was bailed out. In the US, the zombie companies still have free credit to bankroll their debt. It has just started.