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My oldest (20) is very suspicious of Dad’s opinions. After all, if you’re under 30 and not a liberal, yadda, yadda… I forwarded him an article written by a couple of his college professors (well worth your time): Mandatory social distancing: The greatest theft of all time.
Son: “Just by the first paragraph I can tell where they are politically. Describing it as theft is ridiculous, not allowing certain industries to reopen is theft. If you can have a business adapt to guidelines made by people who have devoted their lives to science, then you should reopen. Not allowing business to do so is theft. Social distancing should not be political but unfortunately has become political, along with wearing a mask? I understand people’s needs and desires to go back to normal but prioritizing ones “freedom” is not worth the death of a loved one. People don’t seem to understand that unless is happens to them which is unfortunate.
Dad: “Good thoughts. 0.26% of people die from it. What are the true costs? By the way, I know you don’t like politics but when politicians make decisions impacting all of humanity then everything is political.”Son: “I know the death risk is low. I’m well aware that if you or I contract the virus, we’ll probably still live to be 80+ that’s not the case for Mom, Mimi, and Grandma though. That’s where people need to acknowledge a number can’t symbolize an entire category of this disease. The whole ‘facts don’t care about your feelings’ saying I think is ridiculous. Human emotion is what makes people human. If you don’t have any empathy or sympathy and only regard to ‘the facts,’ you’re nothing more than a Google search engine that spits out numbers all the time.
“That being said, of course, it’s important to know the facts. But basing an entire nationwide way of living off a number, disregarding human thought, is not viable, especially to the many people who may not be able to come back from this virus.”
Dad: “Humans, all humans are flawed. Even our leaders and scientists. Science isn’t a fact. It’s ‘fact right now.’ Science is peer consensus and it changes literally every day. Always has and always will.
“To ask questions, to debate, and to keep an open mind isn’t anti-science, it’s a sign of intelligence. To blindly accept what people tell us without analysis is dangerous. A little common sense in our culture would be very helpful right now. My hope for you and Evan is that you question everything. Look at all sides. Not to accept a narrative because everyone else does. In many cases that narrative may be correct and in many cases, as we’ve seen throughout history, we’ve got it wrong.”
Son: “All true. But it’s important to keep in mind that it’s extremely easy to question what you oppose politically. It’s a valid statement to say I question conservatives consistently, probably as you question Democrats consistently. It should be applied across the board if that’s your argument. Call into question what scientists say. You’re an American you have the first amendment and have every right to voice your concerns with how the CDC and WHO approached this. But blatantly ignoring and disregard for advice to help your fellow man is different than ‘questioning.'”
Dad: “When I lived in England, I remember the scientists telling us we were 10 years away from a new ice age. The earth was cooling!!! People were freaking out. It was, after all, science!”
“When AIDS became the national health crisis I was Evan’s age. For a year, we were told you could get it from kissing and it may even be as easy to transfer as breathing the same air. People were petrified. In our high school, there was talk about postponing Prom. Kids didn’t go out on dates. There are countless other examples.
“I wear a facemask at the grocery store so I don’t make others uncomfortable who are freaked out over COVID. But breathing in your own Carbon Dioxide is deadly. I have a sore throat every time I do it. So, if I’m outside, there is no need.
“Not buying into the panic isn’t the same as ignoring there’s a virus that will kill some people and taking precautions. Washing hands, etc. But again, just 60 days ago the scientists told us a 3.5% casualty rate (that included social distancing). CDC quietly released the updated rates last week (0.26%) and the media ignored it. Why? Is there a larger force behind all this? If so, who stands to benefit from a devastated economy?
“Why, as states started to open up again, the hard Left (not the legit peaceful protestors) were already organized across the country to attack, vandalize, and loot businesses in dozens of cities? Who paid for, distributed, and placed pallets of bricks in over 30 cities overnight? You keep people locked up for 90 days, no income, no social life, no school, work, or travel, then you create a powder keg ready to blow. Not everyone has a comfortable home. Many live on top of each other in small spaces, with little money, food, and a lack of ways to entertain themselves. As soon as the horrific murder happened in MN, that lit the fuse. It could have been any number of other incidents.
“The older you get, the more you realize there are significant powerful interests out there, using groups, legitimate causes, genuine anger felt by decent people, and media like a marionette. I am not a conspiracy theorist. We landed on the moon, 9/11 wasn’t an inside job, and the earth is round. But to ignore what is happening right now, this election year, just like 1968 where we had riots and assassinations, is to ignore what we are seeing right in front of eyes.
“This year will be one historians will discuss for decades. You will talk about it with your kids and grandkids. It’s my opinion the global lockdowns will be viewed as the single largest mistake made in human history.”
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