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Friday, July 09, 2021

20 Things

Since March of 2020 I have tried to point out the idiocy of the governmental, societal, and political (not to mention cultural) responses to the pandemic. Driven by media dishonesty, political motivation and outright stupidity (not to mention innumeracy) our leaders and supposed "experts" did far more harm that good. They ruined lives, deprived children of an education, and did little to "stop the spread." The only bright spot was the accelerated development of vaccines that have moved us toward herd immunity.

In what has to be one of the most important twitter threads posted about the response to COVID-19, @ZubyMusic (Independent Rapper. Author. Podcaster. Coach), Zuby looks at the pandemic from 10,000 feet up and discusses "20 Things I've Learned (Or Had Confirmed) About Humanity During The 'Pandemic'. 

His assessment of our response to COVID-19 should be required reading for every catastrophist who somehow thinks that they're virtuous because they wore (or wear) a mask or hid in their basement for months on end or argued that shutting down schools was for the good of the children or speciously claimed they were "following the science." Zuby's thread follows:

20 Things I've Learned (Or Had Confirmed) About Humanity During The 'Pandemic'

1/ Most people would rather be in the majority, than be right.

2/ At least 20% of the population has strong authoritarian tendencies, which will emerge under the right conditions.

3/ Fear of death is only rivalled by the fear of social disapproval. The latter could be stronger.

4/ Propaganda is just as effective in the modern day as it was 100 years ago. Access to limitless information has not made the average person any wiser.

5/ Anything and everything can and will be politicised by the media, government, and those who trust them.

6/ Many politicians and large corporations will gladly sacrifice human lives if it is conducive to their political and financial aspirations.

7/ Most people believe the government acts in the best interests of the people. Even many who are vocal critics of the government.

8/ Once they have made up their mind, most people would rather to commit to being wrong, than admit they were wrong.

9/ Humans can be trained and conditioned quickly and relatively easily to significantly alter their behaviours - for better or worse.

10/ When sufficiently frightened, most people will not only accept authoritarianism, but demand it.

11/ People who are dismissed as 'conspiracy theorists' are often well researched and simply ahead of the mainstream narrative.

12/ Most people value safety and security more than freedom and liberty, even if said 'safety' is merely an illusion.

13/ Hedonic adaptation occurs in both directions, and once inertia sets in, it is difficult to get people back to 'normal'.

14/ A significant % of people thoroughly enjoy being subjugated.

15/ 'The Science' has evolved into a secular pseudo-religion for millions of people in the West. This religion has little to do with science itself.

16/ Most people care more about looking like they are doing the right thing, rather than actually doing the right thing.

17/ Politics, the media, science, and the healthcare industries are all corrupt, to varying degrees. Scientists and doctors can be bought as easily as politicians.

18/ If you make people comfortable enough, they will not revolt. You can keep millions docile as you strip their rights, by giving them money, food, and entertainment.

19/ Modern people are overly complacent and lack vigilance when it comes to defending their own freedoms from government overreach.

20/ It's easier to fool a person than to convince them that they have been fooled.

Bonus thought:

21/ Most people are fairly compassionate and have good intentions (this is good)

As a result, most people deeply struggle to understand that some people, including our 'leaders', CAN have malicious or perverse intentions (this is bad).

That pretty much sums it all up.