I am a lockdown skeptic, and there are certainly a lot of others out there, but I think there's still a solid majority of the population who are in favor of the shutdowns, and want to go slow on opening things back up.
I think their primary motivation is fear. They are exposed to the legacy media. They see the statistics for new cases and for deaths, and they are not mathematically literate enough to recognize that this means their risk is very low, and is no worse than a typical flu season, even if the WuFlu is not technically a type of flu.
I think this fearful phenomena is the same that results in men being soyboys, men being unwilling to stand up to shit tests from women, Republicans being unwilling to stand up to Democrats, people being opposed to the US taking an aggressive foreign policy stance, and people wanting the government to provide them with some sort of cradle-to-grave safe space.
It's a cowardly age, and the WuFlu Panic scares them.
I totally agree, especially when it comes to social media.
I have an overweight friend from high school I've stayed friends with on Facebook. He had a heart attack a few years ago and is in the worst shape of almost anyone I could imagine.
A few days ago, he posted this ridiculously "scolding" message complaining that...people were going to the beach. I wanted to reply and say that the outdoors is healthy and safe and getting some Vitamin D from the sun helps ward off such viruses.
But I decided not to even post anything because it would have meant inserting myself in his drama -- which included a lot annoying posts by ill-informed fat old people. It's not worth the trouble. I'm there to observe. Let the ignorant stay ignorant. Let he and his pudgy girlfriend stay home and gorge themselves on scones. I don't care.
This is by definition the normie view of power and control.I am not a conspiracy theorist in that I don't believe there is some sort of centrally coordinated power controlling the world, but rather see multiple powerful factions each pursuing their own interests at the expense of all the others', and the smallest common demoninator (wow, I meant 'denominator', and it came out like this, but I'm just gonna leave this, it somehow fits) of those groups' interests is usually the result of the bigger developments that we see eventually in the news, which normies would take as bare facts.
So the above makes sense to me as in: After 2008, financial institutions had a double bonanza with low interest rates, quantitative easing, and depressed asset prices. Like Christmas, Birthday and Chinese new year (thats when Chinese kids get the money envelopes) all in one single day. Then came the 10-year bull run, which produced financial gains of generational proportions for those groups who were in on this game from the very beginning.
At the end of this bull run, which is around now, a lot of them might think: 'This was quite good, any way we can replicate this?'
Which leads us to the present moment.
The above is just a theory, and I am not saying this is certain, as I don't believe in some some of coordinated power that pulls the strings. The powerful groups compete against each other as well, but if history is an indicator, it is possible to believe that a replay of the conditions of 2008 are in the interests of the groups in power, and that a similar development might happen.
I think two things happened: (1) she went on a sales call and didn't make a sale, leading to anxiety of money, and (2) she was around someone who coughed, leading to fear of death. Both of these combined to create a mental breakdown, a way of alleviating her fears, that normally would lead to some kind of treatment, but in today's age leads to at least a partial celebration of how strong and smart she is.Normie has a profanity-laced breakdown:
Note how she didn't mention a husband or kids.
I was at a park on Saturday. I saw more masked wearers than before. For the first time I felt pity for them. I don't think they enjoy wearing the mask, but their fear is too great. It's just unfortunate that their fear will be transformed into hatred for us, to snitch on us.As I walked around my neighborhood a few nights ago and observed masked dog walkers practically leaping aside to avoid me, I began to feel something approaching compassion for them.
I realized that the specific fear that the manipulators are so easily capable of exploiting is the fear of death and that so much of the evil wrought upon the world stems from this basic fear. It’s clear to me that people need to come to terms with their mortality and that we can never rise out of an oppressed state until we conquer this most basic fear of an unavoidable eventuality.
I was at a park on Saturday. I saw more masked wearers than before. For the first time I felt pity for them. I don't think they enjoy wearing the mask, but their fear is too great. It's just unfortunate that their fear will be transformed into hatred for us, to snitch on us.
As I walked around my neighborhood a few nights ago and observed masked dog walkers practically leaping aside to avoid me, I began to feel something approaching compassion for them.