I’m still not sick. Neither are the guys at the gym, including my buddy who works at a hospital and should be sick by now, given how very contagious this “virus” is.
And yet, it isn’t.
Four months after the gym reopened and no one has gotten sick, even though no one except the staff wears the Holy Rag. Perhaps it protects the rest of us. It’s a meerakuhl! Say it like the great TV evangelist, Ernest Angley – a specialist in religious things.
One of two things must be true – assuming it isn’t a meerakuhl.
The first is that the “virus” – I put it in finger quotes to emphasize the holy totemic nature of the term – isn’t nearly as contagious or as dangerous as Pope Fauci XVII and his Jesuits would have us believe. If it were, then logically by now at least some of the several hundred people who are members of my gym would have caught the “virus” – and at least some of them would have become seriously ill. Ill enough to have required medical intervention to avoid dying . . . if, indeed, the “virus” is that dangerous and that catching.
No one has even caught cold.
Ergo, it cannot be as contagious – or as dangerous – as we’ve been led (just the right word) to believe.
There will be some believers who say, it’s just a matter of time.
Wait and see!
Well, it’s been four months. How much longer must we wait to see?
At what point do these hysterical assertions take a back seat to what’s actually proved to be the case? Why do fearful claims carry more weight than facts?
Perhaps, at first – six months ago – these hyperbolic assertions deserved more weight for the sake of reasonable caution. After all, no one really knew what was going on, what the “virus” might do. It was all new – and many were scared – not unreasonably, given the apocalyptic scenarios bleakly painted by the prophets of Doom.
Now we do know.
We know that it is not nearly as catching nor as deadly as we were led to believe. We know that for the healthy population, the odds of even catching symptoms are low, that if they are caught, they’ll be mlid in most cases and that death happens in almost no cases.
Which brings up the second thing.
The people at the gym are healthy. Healthier, almost by definition, than the average person who doesn’t work out. Who is obese and perhaps diabetic and/or arteriosclerotic. These people do get sick – because they already are.
But healthy people aren’t – and so tend to not become sick as easily or as severely.
Regular exercise – usually accompanied by other sound habits, such as eating healthier and not doing unhealthy things like smoking and eating unhealthy food – probably reduces your chances of dying from the WuFlu by orders of magnitude relative to getting a shot and also greatly reduces the chance you’ll get sick in the first place.
This, too, is known.
It is “science” (cue Thomas Dolby) but so many people are willfully blind to it.
Being fit keeps you healthy – and the healthier you are, the less likely you are to get sick and the less you’ll be and the sooner you’ll recover if you do get sick. Forcing gyms to close in the name of public health is like encouraging people to have children by sterilizing them. Encouraging people to work out is how you keep them healthy.
Instead, they believe.
A Holy Rag being their salvation.
Which, of course, is their right in a free country. The followers of Do and Ti (the leaders of the Heaven’s Gate Cult) also believed. They believed so earnestly that they “shed their containers” – by eating pudding laced with cyanide – in order to hitch a ride on the Hale Bopp comet back in ’97.
“Hale–Bopp brings closure to Heaven’s Gate . . . Our 22 years of classroom here on planet Earth is finally coming to conclusion — ‘graduation’ from the Human Evolutionary Level. We are happily prepared to leave ‘this world’ and go with Ti’s crew.”
Nothing could have persuaded them otherwise. That is how it is with belief held as a matter of faith.
Which is not to disparage belief. Provided it isn’t imposed. It’s one thing to put on your tennis shoes and eat the poisoned pudding. It’s another to force anyone else to join you in your “graduation” ceremony.
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