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…and we crossed that line a long time ago.
Over the weekend on Facebook, I repeated a line that I heard at the beginning of the COVID-19 freakout, “There is a fine line between prudence and panic” and commented that we are so far beyond the line that it is no longer funny and is now just sad. Someone responded that we obviously weren’t panicking because 100,000 people are dead and that I (and apparently I alone) am the reason that we can’t open up the economy. Sorry, but that guy was wrong — as a nation, we are in full-blown panic mode, and I think the latest fight over masks proves that beyond any reasonable doubt.
I think masks are mostly virtue signaling, but I’m on record as saying that if virtue signaling will make the paranoid feel safe enough to open up the economy, I will grudgingly virtue signal. I also view wearing masks when I’m in a store as a simple courtesy to the paranoid (and where I live, almost everyone seems to think the COVID mortality rate is 99% and if you get within 50 feet of another healthy person, you will die an instant and horrible death.) I’m all for courtesy, but just because I’m willing to virtue signal and be courteous doesn’t mean that we are not panicking.
But, it is worth saying if we let the paranoid among us dictate how normal people are required to act, it will end badly for all of us. All of us.Published in