On the State of Infection

From the beginning of this crisis many have been pointing out that there are two mutually contradictory messages at the heart of the covid19 rollout, and, just as Orwell describes in 1984, a major point of the exercise seems to be to get people to believe both at the same time. 1. Be very afraid. 2. There is nothing to fear.

In actuality the virus is only dangerous to the most vulnerable in the population. So they are the ones who need to be cautious, but healthy people need to go on living. In the meanwhile all this knee jerk reaction to a virus less threatening than this years flu has ruined our economy.

You have to stop and wonder was this a contrived response to bring about changes which would have never happened under ordinary circumstances. Everyone is having to remote work or not work at all. Many essential personnel now scurry about to maintain a very sluggish supply chain.

Cash is frowned upon, that nasty germ laden stuff. Of course it’s always been that way, yet suddenly through germaphobic eyes, it looks somehow more dangerous. This would seem to the casual observer to be trending toward a more digital solution. Was that the plan all along.

Our socio-economic system looks very Orwellian. We have mom and pop businesses, including independent truckers, going out of business by the handfuls daily. So in the end there will be only big corporations selling us what we need. And of course it’s looking more like nothing will return to any sort of normalcy until the big shot in the arm is given to all.

Some say that the inoculation is the answer. Some say that it will be the end of mankind. All the lemmings are at the very edge of the cliff right now. Pockets of them are decrying resistance here and there. It’s really hard to organize with that six foot distance thing and those masks make it hard to get enough oxygen to their brains to think about what’s really going on here.

Oh come on this is the digital age, right? We need to make strides in getting everything online. God forbid that we would have to monitor our appliances and adjust thermostats in our homes. We need everything computerized. Everything and everyone! We need self driving cars and replicated food and all those obsolete ideas of creating and growing things with our own hands are old hat and should be thrown on the trash heap, right? Welcome to the age of the cyborgs. Interesting, isn’t it?

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