Facts – as John Adams put it – are stubborn things. Assuming people care about facts. Or even inferences, based on the facts plainly in front of their faces.
Assuming they haven’t been narcoticized (as well as hystericized) by the Diaper covering their faces.
Sadly, even many who aren’t Diapered here Diaper there – depending on the signage. Which tells you they are more afraid of the signage than “the virus.”
At my gym in Roanoke, Virginia, almost no one Diapers – because there is no sign “mandating” they do. Most just walk in – and work out. A few Diaper but they are in the small minority – perhaps 5 percent of the total present at any given time.
But they are the majority almost everywhere else, such as the supermarket (Kroger) down the street, where I am usually the only one not Diapered – probably because there are signs on the door. It doesn’t matter that there is no physical enforcement because psychological enforcement is sufficient.
Thus, even people who don’t Diaper at the gym put the loathsome rag on when they enter the supermarket.
These same people have to know it’s all for show. After all, they have been working out Undiapered among the (mostly) Undiapered for going on four months now. Using the hysterical language of the sickness psychotics, my gym is a “superspreader event” . . . every day.
For months, ongoing.
Yet no one has died – or for that matter, even gotten sick. If they had – given the state of hysteria over coughs and sniffles, even – there would have been a hysterical response, such as a forced-closure of the gym, probably with yellow tape around the perimeter for heightened effect.
This is not an editorial exaggeration. The panic over sickness is such that the slightest evidence of sickness – even if nothing more than a ”positive case” sans any symptoms of sickness – is more than sufficient to (as Mr. Burns used to say) release the hounds.
Which ought to tell these obedient-to-signage simpletons something. One can infer from the lack of sickness – from the fact that lots of people gathering in close proximity every day in a gym, where people are not just breathing openly but heavily and not getting sick – that the hysteria over this sickness is just that.
Of course, they know that.
Which one can infer from the fact that they come – and show their faces. No one who really feared “the virus” might kill them would enter an environment where “the virus” was likely to be present.
Certainly not without donning what they at least believe to be viable palliative measures, such as the Face Diaper. The fact that they do enter this environment, not only sans their Diaper but unworried about the many other people present also Undiapered is proof they do not fear “the virus” – or they are personally indifferent to the “risk” they are assuming, which is hugely doubtful given the general obsession with risk-avoidance to any extreme.
There is another explanation.
These people aren’t afraid – of “the virus.” They are afraid – of being seen as “noncompliant.” Of sticking out. Of being the only brave face in a store full of Face Diapered poltroons, obedient to the signage and the social pressure.
This is much sadder than the sad people who have been reduced to neurasthenic hypochondria by a juggernaut of state (and corporate) sponsored terror, whose fear of “the virus” – however neurotic – is very real.
These are the people who consistently Diaper – even in their cars. Give them credit for at least believing their lives are in mortal peril and acting (just the right word) in accordance with that fear. Condemning them for this would be cruel – in the manner of mocking someone afflicted with Down Syndrome for being unable to understand algebra.
But what do we say about people who know perfectly well (as evidence by their actions) that “the virus” is a grotesquely exaggerated threat and who do not fear it and yet reflexively don their Diapers whenever a sign tells them to, even when all it is is a sign?
Who give in to social pressure as if they were 12-years-old again and desperate to fit in with the “cool” kids by talking like them, acting like them, dressing like them and pretending to like everything they like – while also (and this is important) joining the “cool” kids in mocking and worse of the kids who refused to play along and didn’t “fit in” with the “cool” crowd?
This isn’t sad, when adults behave this way.
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