Yeah…..almost another Covid blog (with a twist)…..sorry…..
First there was the onset of Covid supposedly back near the beginning of the year and it took everyone by surprise (especially New Yorkers) and continued to ‘morph’ in our minds as we grappled with the nature of it, the impact of it and our responses to it. It was, to a large extent, a mystery disease; so little evidence, so much talk and confusion.
“What’s really going on?” No one really knew.
Sal and I think we contracted Covid in early March as a result of the filthy and contaminated physiotherapy room at the hospital where Sal had her knee replaced. We were both very ill, Sal for a week, me for 3 days. We had a residual malaise for, perhaps another ten days. And a trace of that even today. But, despite our very probable personal Covid experience, we still knew nothing but we were somewhat more inclined to wear masks and sometimes rubber gloves, keep socially distanced and generally live less and less ‘in community’ and rather, stay more and more isolated. I do not think I have been to town in three months at the least. We don’t know much but we erred on the side of caution. Still do.
Around that time, we all got to know and like Dr. Fauci of the US Centre for Allergies and stuff and Dr. Henry, the BC chief medical officer. Both were sincere, human, learned and seemed to convey a level of competence and genuine concern. But, sadly, that was more appearance than fact or result. They know more, they can speak with authority and they can ‘work’ 16 hour days but, if the masses do not listen, if their political superiors undermine them and if they are reeling from the changing pandemic landscape virtually every day, they are – despite their best efforts – not ‘flattening the curve’, not curing the disease and, sadly, NOT making a positive-enough difference. In fact, during Fauci’s watch, the greatest possible criminal negligence act was perpetrated on the American people in their history. Trump knew in early February that C-19 was a deadly pandemic and chose a path of action that could only make it worse. Fauci and Trump shared the stage.
No. Fauci is not to blame. Close to 200,000 people are dead in the USA today because of the politicans who did NOT listen to the good doctor. Even if Fauci didn’t really know how things were going to turn out, his guess was better than theirs. But, ‘Who ya gonna believe?’
Of course, ultimately the mystery disease and your response to it is yours. You decide how to address this threat for yourself and for your family. You have to think. And you must take the actions you think are necessary.
At least a third of Americans chose purposefully NOT to think responsibly and, surprisingly, they willingly decided to flout any medical advice and many also purposefully chose to immerse themselves in situations virtually guaranteed to infect themselves and, of course, their families and friends. Millions chose to believe the disease was a hoax and they then chose to get in the way of the virus to prove it! They did NOT merely suspect the doctor’s advice, they totally believed the doctors were lying and that the virus was nothing more than the flu. They believed Trump.
Why follow lyin’ Trump? Because they believed in something else even bigger. They had chosen to believe alternative facts, Globalist conspiracies, Trump’s lies, Q-Anon’s theories and the rants and propaganda of more idiots with microphones than ever in history (social media). Even as the liars and propagandists were proven time and time again to be wrong, their supporters grew. We are witnessing the zombification of the American people by evangelizing con-men. The Bubbas are not only stupid but they are getting stupider and stupider every day.
And that is the second virus. Ignorance, stupidity, gullible populism, sheep-disease and delusion are rampant, virulent and well-established in the USA with no cure in sight. And no amount of facts, data, truth and information can change them. Not quickly, anyway. They are, in fact, proud that they DO NOT KNOW anything and they chant USA, USA, USA to tell us proudly who they are. Ignorance is their second disease and it is gonna kill ’em.
Frankly, I do not care all that much. I should. But I don’t. I think I am basically a good person but I hate mosquitoes, I hate liars and I especially despise stupidity. If the Darwin awards have you on their list, you are not on mine.
But those that choose to be stupid are free to do so. ‘ You GO, Bubba!’
Zombification may be a form of Nature’s population control.
But doesn’t this great social phenomena of NOT believing science, facts, reason and logic make you wonder? How did this weird, insidious social-disease happen? Did it start with Limbaugh? Did it start with Trump? Did the Russians or Chinese sabotage the American culture and school system back in the 80’s? Exactly HOW DID stupidity become so popular and prevalent? Even if you trace National Dumb back to beer-guzzling guys wearing cheap baseball caps backwards, that is still just a glaring symptom. Beer and hats don’t make you stupid….well, not long term, anyway…..(I hope). How did dumb become a such a popular ‘thing’?
Seriously, did some ‘marketer’ decide to promote idiocy as a way to sell hats and beer or something?
PS I did some further research into this and found a small body of reference to it in that the Hardhat Rebellion during Richard Nixon’s time is perceived as maybe the genesis of the ‘great divide’ in ‘Merican politics. There were those opposed to the war in Vietnam and there were those who chose to see that opposition as unpatriotic. So, the hard-hat wearing right-wingnuts beat up a bunch of long-haired hippy activists in New York and the president sided with the ‘patriots’ against the ‘draft dodgers’. And there has been a nasty divide ever since. The sins of the father…….
Opinions have nearly ubiquitously become sacrosanct in a seemingly ‘fake news’ world of no truth. It follows therefore for many that their personal beliefs triumph over facts. In such a dismissive world of mindlessness, reality becomes whatever an individuals think it is.’ The pandemic denial, the discrediting of Dr Fauci, the deification of fascist leaders like Trump, and the general mockery of the disdain culture of I’m right and your opinion therefore must be wrong. Let’s have a return to civility! Dave you make a great for sanity’s return before events turn more tragic.
Thanks. I just posted a ‘nobody-loves-me’ blog and, as I am hitting the publish button, your comment comes in. Thanks. It is NOT really a ‘no-love’ blog. Sal loves me…..I am pretty sure…(I’ll get back to you on that)……but it was a ‘nothing-makes-sense’ blog to be sure. It is like more and more things in life are coming out whacked. We may not be able to fix any of them but, at the very least, misery loves company. Keep writing.