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I have come to believe that for many mask wearers, there is a subconscious belief that if they are willing to suffer enough, then Donald Trump will not win the election.
Does this sound too wacky to you? I am seeing an enormous amount of superstition around COVID, and also around this election. Nobody cares about actual data anymore. They just reckon that if they don’t wear a mask, they’ll be struck down. There is a term for that, and it is not “infectious disease expert.”
When you add the political situation into the mix, I really am beginning to wonder what happens after the election. If Biden wins, COVID vanishes as an issue within days and weeks. I am certain of it. But if Trump wins, will it be seen by the lib-maskers as proof that their deity/superstition has failed them, that they have no suffered enough, or they need to do even more than suffer with masks in order to rid the world of Orange Man?
In my experience, very few people lose religious faith just because of data. Instead, they escalate. In which case, there is a plausible argument to be made that a Biden election may, at least in the short term, lead to the end of the COVID-crisis and the end of protests and riots.Published in