Kinda. It’s also a highly tribal mentality that is very easily exploited.I still insist that a major reason the MSM has been able to whip up normies into a frenzy over COVID is that almost no one understands large numbers and can do basic math anymore, even in the "high IQ West." Every time the MSM throws out a number like 150,000 in the article above, I factor it in with what I guess is the population of the area mentioned and replace it with "statistically insignificant for an infection with a survival rate of close to 99%" in my mind, then go on with my day.
Keep in mind that although we tend to view tribalism favorably here, when not tempered by reason it is very easily exploited to enforce conformity, create artificial consensus, and harness people’s efforts towards causes that don’t actually benefit the tribe as a whole (e.g. any secular nationalist nation’s tendency to engage in empire building).
The COVID hysteria has become a tribal marker.