Tuesday, May 11, 2021

The truth behind Occupy Wall Street

 

And it must be true, I saw it on Twitter.  After all, we all know Twitter is one of modern journalism's main sources for solid information.   

So all those hippie wannabes we saw, camped out on sidewalks, espousing the glories of socialism and decrying the evils of capitalism were, it turns out, just pawns of a vast right wing conspiracy.  That would explain the mounting examples of OWS advocates dropping anti-Semitic jargon about all those corporate Jews who were behind the corruption.

It couldn't be that people who were left of center were invoking their inner anti-Semite.  That could never be.  We're pretty sure racism and bigotry only exist in Red States where white conservatives who vote Republican live.  So the above claim makes perfect sense. 

This is why, as I said here, you want to be leery about chasing conspiracy theories.  Not that conspiracy theories are never true.  Sometimes they are true.  Just ask Julius Caesar.  But as often as not, they're short of the complexities of reality.  Were their libertarian fascists (?) in the Occupy Wall Street movement leadership?  Perhaps.  Just like it wouldn't' surprise me that some behind the events in Washington on January 6 were Antifa types.  Or some leftwing activists began infiltrating old Tea Party rallies just to make them look bad. Given the track record of history, I'd be more shocked to find none of those things happened.

But it is laughable to imagine the whole was a vast libertarian fascist (?) conspiracy, where any and all bad that came from that toilet of a movement can be blamed on 'not my side' (from a liberal point of view).  Any more than a sane person can insist no Christian ever did anything wrong, so anything wrong done by people saying they're Christians must not have been done by a real Christian.  I believe there's a fallacy along those lines. 

Monday, May 10, 2021

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil

Is for evil men (and women) to fully embrace evil, that's what.  You have to have that to have evil do anything.  Evil men and women must embrace evil, sell their selves to the powers of Hell, and become instruments of the demonic and the damned.  That's the first thin you need for evil to triumph.

The second thing necessary is for good men not to do nothing.  In fact, people seldom do nothing.  They almost always do something.  And the second thing needed for evil to triumph is for otherwise good men (and women) to jump on the evil bandwagon.  If the Nazi leadership was the full embrace of evil, those guys gunning down naked Jews in trenches were the ones who made it possible.  And in most pictures, they aren't weeping either.  They're grinning big grins as they're ready to massacre the innocent.  That's the next thing needed for evil to triumph.  Those who were not initially part of the evil jump into evil with both feet.

So is the next thing the do nothing good men?  No.  Again, men seldom do nothing.  The next thing needed is for the good men who see what is happening to essentially make lame excuses or actually side with the evil, though they technically know it's wrong and don't support it.  That's happening a lot today.  I see people admit they see the clouds on the horizon, but at the first chance, they will excuse this or that: Well, in that case the police were wrong, or maybe banning a book with really bad content is good, or maybe it's right to point out that an entire ethnicity might always be guilty of something when there is a good argument.  They know it's BS, and they often say so.  But boy do they look for the chance to excuse surrendering the latest yard.

Now we're getting close.  The next group isn't making lame excuses, but they're not doing much to stop it.  They're not doing nothing.  They see the evil, the problems, the racism, the tyranny, the shadows - but they're just not doing much about it, but not by doing nothing.  They're fighting it, at least on paper.  But with all the passion of a limp noodle.  Perhaps they don't want to be mocked or laughed at, or worse lose their situation, but they draw a line between what they will do - fuss a lot on the Internet perhaps - and what they won't do (jeopardize their livelihoods). 

Finally, when all that is done, I'm sure there might be the odd individual who does nothing.  If that's the case, however, it's often that they're simply ignorant, or one of the masses of uninformed just trying to eke out a living and with no time to do more than look at the occasional headline.  They're the ones in the rural countryside who probably never heard of National Socialists in the German government in 1933.  By 1945, however they had heard.  By then, of course, it was too late. 

So there you have it.  As we see the officially sanctioned racism and discrimination, as we see the hate and endorsed vengeance, as we see the anti-American rage and destruction, the killings and attacks, the tyranny and oppression, the open calls to destroy everything to do with the Christian West, the excuse making to support bearing down on Christ's Church, we wonder how it's happening and happening so quickly.  That's not because good men are doing nothing.  It's because evil men (and women) are doing what they do, and that's pushing evil. The rest are falling into their own category of being active enablers of the evil.  Just as men and women have done for eons.  And just, as we're seeing, they will no doubt continue to do for eons to come. 

Sunday, May 9, 2021

A happy Mother's Day to my own Mom


That's my Mom right before her big nine-zero this last Christmas.  The boys and I surround her, with my wife, their Mom of the hour, taking the picture.  

She's not the mom I remember from my years growing up.   But then I was never the same son at any given year.  From infant to child to teen to young adult to lumbering 54 year old, I'm sure she looks at me and wonders where that little kid running about on our old wooden floors in the country ended up.  Such is time. 

But I count my blessings, and am happy for the privilege of taking care of her, even as now, after all these years, she still does her best to take care of us.  To her and my boys' most favorite mom, I wish the happiest and most blessed Mother's Day imaginable  May we celebrate many more and rejoice in all that God has so freely given us. 

Saturday, May 8, 2021

I did laugh because we all get it

 


Mental Health industry as the modern televangelists

My second oldest made that observation.  As an industry, the American Mental Health profession brings in revenues that rival many a Fortune 500 corporation.  The take is literally in the billions.  That's because mental health is - everything. 

Last year, our local news station had a special series on local faith communities and mental health.  Note that.   It was all various religious leaders of different faith traditions speaking to mental health.  Not spiritual issues.  Not religious issues.  Nothing about sin or righteousness.  Certainly nothing about salvation.  Just mental health.  It was all mental health.  Score one for secularism and a godless model of the world.

But beyond that, I have to admit the mental health industry does seem to play into the narrative of the dentist who prescribes candy to his patients.  I mean, you don't turn around that you don't see a new syndrome or psychological crisis or emotional trauma in desperate need of professional counseling.  The idea is everywhere that we can't live life and do what ancient man would have been able to handle with no problem without a professional holding  our hands at 50.00 an hour. 

Last year, they actually interviewed mental health councilors who were on hand to help people suffering from 'Cooking at Home' stress.  Because nothing can be more difficult than cooking your own meals.  They also had specials walking people through how to handle having the kids at home because having kids around the house is apparently an unprecedented challenge. 

I write this, because I've now seen news segments and articles dealing with cicada stress syndrome.  Cicadas are going to be out and about this year.  It happens.  And has for quite a few years.  It's annoying.  We talk about it.  We move on.  

But now it's a syndrome.  It's something you may need help with.  You may need to pay someone money to help you through the stress of it all.  Why?  Because the news is running stories with mental health experts explaining why it's logical to be on the brink of a collapse because of the dreaded Cicada Pandemic. 

More to the point, even if you don't go and book a session with a counselor to survive the great Cicada disaster of 2021, you're nonetheless treated to the narrative that even the smallest, most trivial matters in life are beyond our ability to cope.  Therefore we must continue to feed this multi-billion dollar industry known as the mental health industry, or we're all doomed. 

I think my son is right. Tammy Faye couldn't have done it better. 

UPDATE: A perfect image of two approaches to our modern mental health era.  One voices skepticism that all things labeled in need of counseling are in need of counseling, the other saying listen to the experts with the education and training. 


I saw that and thought it was interesting, given the experts' insistence that short of professional help, we may not be able to navigate the anxiety brought about by the great Cicada Crisis of 2021. 

BTW, feel free to disagree with me.  I have had training and licensing in mental health counseling owing to my days as a pastor, though my full degrees were not in behavioral or mental health.  Nonetheless, even then I couldn't help but get the feeling we approached mental health issues the way we approach STEM, and that's giving them place of prominence well out of proportion from where they should be.  

Friday, May 7, 2021

It took me a few to not see an insect

 


The Left is tyranny's wildest dreams come true

Exhibit A:

Fresh off of his outrage that it happened to one on his side, Mark once more cheers Tech giants for doing to others what he was outraged about when it happened to him and his.

Now, there is a an added factor we need to consider.  As we see here, Mark immediately assumed that Sam was the victim of MAGA types doing it to Sam since Sam is Mexican?  So it wasn't because of the Tech corporations at all.  Likewise, some time ago I remember people saying Mark had been banned by either Facebook or Twitter, but he was apparently sure it was some algorithm glitch and nobody's fault.

That is the stuff that tyrant's dreams are made of. Beyond the all important 'do unto others as long as you don't do unto me' morality, you have an added layer of protection for those who would crush liberty and equality for all.  

When the companies do ban him, or one of his own, he simply blames - anyone else, preferably his favorite boogiemen, the white MAGA conservative Republican racist with white skin.  Doesn't have to be true.  There can be no facts or evidence at all.  It's simply important for the oligarchs who would rule over us to know that Mark will fully support them as they crush the rights of  'those types' over there, and when they finally turn their attention to crushing Mark's rights, he will still blame 'those types' over there.  

Such slavish devotion to a movement by so many who have seen that movement turn on its own on any given day, makes me think of nothing so much as the girl in this scene from the 1982 movie Conan the Barbarian:


Somehow I get the feeling there are some dictators from the last century rolling over in their graves wondering why they couldn't have lived today. For a bonus, next time we'll delve into the Left's longstanding defense of private businesses in the free market who wish not to be compelled to violate their religious beliefs regarding gay marriage.  Since apparently it's all about the freedom of the free market.  I'm sure the consistency will astound us. 

First they came for the socialists MAGA types, and I did not speak out - because I was not a socialist MAGA type.  Then they came for the trade unionists conservatives, and I did not speak out - because I was not a trade unionist conservative.  Then they came for the Jews Christians and I did not speak out - even though I was a Christian.  Then they logically came for me because I was a Christian - and I still blamed MAGA types and conservatives.  

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Because America is a racist nation

We have seen endless numbers of non-whites giving everything and, sometimes, risking everything to come here for decades.  Makes perfect sense to me.  If I cleaved unto the 90 ft. Left at least.  Those who don't bow before the 90 ft. idol are often infected with a deplorable amount of sanity and can see such a story and conclude the carefully crafted media narrative about a 400 year old racist Nazi state called America might just be slightly askew of the facts. 

Why conservatism never wins

Because, well, define conservative.  I remember ages ago, in the stone age of higher education, we used to have 'comment boards'.  Those were bulletin boards where people would post an article or even write up a little paper, tack it to the board, and await comments.  One I recall was a story about how Scottish Fundamentalists had derided Jerry Falwell as a liberal.  I knew then that the term 'liberal' no longer had any meaning.  Conservative, too.

Donald McCleary, at the always interesting and informative The American Catholic, had this little reminder about why conservatism is a doomed alliance for Christians.  Not because of any evil or wicked conspiracy to destroy.  It's just that change, as they say, is inevitable.  So with each passing generation, what conservative means changes as new generations seek to 'conserve' entirely new understandings of what needs conserving. 

My oldest son, who had flirted with a career in politics, noticed that.  Since he takes his Catholic faith pretty seriously, he couldn't align with the Democrats, though he didn't say they were always wrong about everything.  Nonetheless, he felt the Republican Party was the better bet, all things considered.  Yet as he mixed and mingled, he noticed something.  Beyond the obvious, that many in the GOP are no more conservative than a liberal Democrat, he noticed many who called themselves conservative weren't what you would think was conservative at all.  This was especially true among the younger conservative Republican sector.

Many his age or thereabouts had no problem with LGBTQ interests or gay marriage.  They might oppose abortion, but to a limited degree.  Or they may be more open to it.  Perhaps socialism does work in some cases.   America is and always has been a racist nation, that much is true.  And on and on.   These were, again, the ones his age who wore the label 'conservative GOP' with honor. 

That's because that's what they've been born and raised into.  They may not go crazy communist or want America and the Christian West burned to the ground.  That's how they understand themselves as conservative.  But the conservatism they espouse are things that may well have shamed a 1960's counterculture hippie broadening his mind at Haight and Ashbury. After all, to many my sons' age, what us old timers call radical left is as 'status quo' as a tent revival was in the 1920s.  

That's why conservatism loses.  At the end of the day, it sees itself all too often as merely conservative compared to the liberalism it opposes.  That is, it stays firmly three steps behind and four years away from liberalism.  But as liberalism, or change, or progress, moves inevitably farther and farther away from today, the conservative inevitably moves, too.  He may still be three steps behind, but now he's five miles away from what older conservatives ever would have identified with.  He's still conservative compared to the liberals he sees, but he misses that the conservatism he's defending would likely have been too liberal even for yesterday's liberals. 

By the by, that might also explain why so many from my Protestant days who aligned so strongly with the Religious Right and conservative Republicans are the ones partying at gay wedding receptions and calling down religious liberty as the systemically white racist trick that it is.  They're still conservative Christians. And they're doing what conservative Christians do, and that's conserve.  It's just that they're now conserving what they and most 20 years ago would have condemned.  Such is conservatism in a nutshell. 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

So there you go

My old Patheos editor Sam puts out the final word on this leftist fundamentalism and censorship movement. 


Yep.  The forgiving side of me would like to think he's joking; that he's being like Colbert used to be, and trying to do a mock-up of a caricature of someone who is fighting to defend the banning of wrong-think.  That's the forgiving side of me.  After all, I'd hate to think a professor in higher education would write something like this for any reason other than humor. 

Still, the side that has seen him unload on Bishop Barron over the bishop's concern about this wave of  Leftwing 451, I'm inclined to think that it's at least partially anger on his part, and he at least means some of it. 

In any event, I have it on the best of authority that many who are bothered by the Left's donning of their merry McCarthy do, in fact, read and study books.  In fact, it's the reading of books that makes them a bit squeamish about the whole leftwing support for banning offensive culture since I know they'll never do it to me.  

I should add that I'm sure there are some who rely on common sense rather than book learning to understand it's ignorant to assume censorship will only apply to those bad people over there.  Likewise, I'm absolutely sure that if many who support this new wave of censorship  haven't avoided books, they nonetheless have read and studied all the wrong books. 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

This is why I advised my sons not to join the military

This is what our military has been reduced to.  At a time of increased fatalities through accidents, cases in which servicemen have proven ill-prepared for combat, and mounting cases of criminal assault and unexplained murders, our military focuses on - all things gay sex. Because that's what the leftwing says to focus on. 

So what if as many Americans have died of AIDS - with the majority being homosexual men - as have been killed in all of America's wars combined?     If anyone doubts the 'cold civil war' or 'culture war' or whatever you prefer has been lost by those who would preserve the Christian Western tradition, I give you this. 

I try to imagine what future history will say about us. I don't think it will be pretty. 'So dad, you're saying that in a world of pandemic and mounting crisis, the thing they care about the most was who those in their military units wanted to have sex with?' 'Yes son, that explains a lot.'

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Media codewords for being correct

Whenever the media says you've ignited a fiery debate, or are controversial, or have offended someone, you can bet there's a 98% chance you're on the right side, the good side, the side of common decency, common sense and the general welfare of men of good will.  That's because the press has a tendency of describing rhetoric that way only when the rhetoric disagrees with the press.  And since the press has emerged as one of the greatest forces of lies and evil in the world, and perhaps the greatest threat to freedom, democracy and life itself we've seen since Moscow c. 1990, being on the wrong side of the press means you're probably doing something right. 

It's not that Black Lives Matter

It's that no lives matter until black lives do. On a more serious note,  my old Patheos editor Sam Rocha takes it to the next level by echoing the latest development in the 'judge by skin color, not content of character' movement.  Now no life matters - hear that oh sons of mine - until black lives matter.  And when and what that means means nothing since, like most things of postmodernity, there is no end game or goal or measurable outcome.  There is a slogan to be used to pummel, pummel, and pummel again.  

By the lack of clear finish lines and goals, combined with Sam's statement, my sons' lives may never matter again.  Or his life may not matter. Or even black lives may not matter? Who knows except what we all know which is always nothing ever.  And while we don't know, the goalposts continue to be moved. 

Note, however, how he easily weaves in and out of 'it's all sooooo complex' to stating his position about BLM with all the uncertainty of a Waco tent meeting. That's a trick my sons have noticed.  They saw it most recently in our neck of the woods when a police officer shot and killed a teenager who was attacking another girl with a knife.

They noticed that now the debate is over when a knife fight is OK, when it isn't, when wielding a knife and attacking someone might make you the victim, why police should have comprehensive knowledge of all people involved before reacting, and basically how we can ever know if C-A-T really doesn't spell DOG.

The important point isn't finding an answer, but keeping things in perpetual question mode.  Keep things jumping, hopping, and confusing.  Insist everything is always except for when it isn't until it's never which is yes no.  And that way, amidst the confusion, you can then plow forward - as Sam does - with the gospel of BLM, racial profiling, and guilt by group identity, ethnic liability, national origins and what have you.  In fact, so sure is he in pushing BLM that, compared to all the 'it's all so nuanced' filling his post, you can't help but pay some level of attention when he makes such dogmatic statements.

Which, my boys imagine, is the point.  Complexity when convenient, surrounding a juggernaut of dogmatic utterances that would make a Nuremberg speech seem nuanced by comparison.  That is one of modernity's neatest tricks.  It's how we went from a post-war liberalism that said violence is never the answer, to a 2020 insistence that those innocent killed by the BLM riots were sad, but necessary collateral damage for the greater cause.  Or the national 2021 debate about when trying to stab someone to death makes one the victim.  

There are so many other things wrong with this post.  It's sort of a condensed 'everything wrong with the modern left in one post' publication.  Such as Sam's easy dismissal of the lives ruined and incomes  lost from last year's riots.  Sam points out that so horrible has been the terror visited on black Americans for the last four hundreds years by all the racist whites in this racist nation, that they could riot and destroy (and perhaps kill?) for decades and it would never make up the balance.  Again, you heard liberals say violence is never the answer, but the Left now says that it can be a beautiful thing when executed for the leftist cause.

It's enough for my post, however, that his appeal to circular dogmatic nuance is why things like this, meme though it is:


Fall on deaf ears. It's a perfectly sane and valid point.  Why have our highest paid professionals concluded that a few seconds of often edited, fuzzy and shaky videos is enough to execute judgment, when we watch same highest paid professionals spend endless amounts of time examining the  most sophisticated and expensive motion picture capture before arriving at a conclusion?  In a sane and mature world not polluted by lies and foolishness, that is a valid point. But in a world of 'it's so complex let's charge forth with new morals that are right this time', it is, sadly, a waste of breath and ink. 

Friday, April 30, 2021

A rare picture of censor-culture Catholics being censored

 Here:


Yep, that accurately portrays the sudden outrage of having applied to them the very practices they want applied to others; 

Hilarious.  Mark, who has rejoiced time and again when Tech Companies censor conservatives, now gets his underwear in a knot because it happened to one in his circle. Note the appeal to race identity where there is no reason to think race has anything to do with it. There is no human race, there is only the skin color.  Thus says the Left.  Apparently some New Prolife Catholics approve this message. 

Meanwhile Sam, who has been leading a minor crusade against Bishop Baron since the good Bishop called out "wokeness", is equally miffed. .Note Sam's perfect acceptance of 'wokeness', which is essentially liberals punishing and censoring wrong think and silencing dissent ... until it happens to him.  Then he's - wait for it - pissed now!

Bwa ha ha ha!  You don't get better examples of hypocrisy than that, courtesy of two professional representatives of Catholic teaching in modern apologetics.  Of course on a technical level, there's nothing wrong with societies having standards and expecting people to abide by those standards, and even stepping in when people get out of line.  Freedom, after all, does have it's limits.

The problem is, those who embrace the Left are confronted with being the ones who for decades insisted that anyone banning anything, or punishing any artistic expression, or mandating conformity to any speech, were the fascist Nazis.  Trying to square liberalism's great post-war mantra of 'always tolerate freedom of expression' with the current Left invoking a self-righteous intolerance that would shame McCarthy, is one of the big challenges for progressives today. 

This is why I insist we shouldn't say woke.  Call it what it is, little leftwing advocates being the intolerant fundamentalists they so often condemn.  Just without the self-awareness. 

Thursday, April 29, 2021

NPR offers a tough choice

When it comes to understanding race in America, should we listen to a wealthy old white guy, or a black man from Georgia?  Now that's a tough one.  For some odd reason, I can bet just who most liberals will choose to listen to in order to get the best understanding of the plight of the black Americans.  If anything else speaks to  the post-modern, 21st Century mindset more accurately, I'm at a loss to think what it could be. 

I can't account for this

Jeff Goldblum will be doing a Dungeons and Dragons podcast.  The first thing that came to my mind when I saw that was an old headline from the 1990s about Roger Daltrey and Chaka Khan performing Handel's Messiah in Scotland.  I don't know why, but that's what came to my mind.  Anyway, there you have it.  The big pop culture news of the day.  No doubt guaranteed to have higher ratings than this year's Oscars.  

PolitiFact examines Senator Tim Scott's rebutal

I thought we all needed the laugh.  Fact Check sites are quickly becoming the modern equivalent of snake oil salespeople.  It's often good for a laugh to see how they twist and turn and find ways to make sure the other guys can't be entirely right, while making sure our guys weren't completely wrong.  All in all, counting toothpicks is time better spent than caring what the latest modern contribution to silliness has to say.  But again, always good for a laugh.   Those who wish to dissect the selective use of statistics found in the piece are free to do so. 

BTW, bonus points if you notice the dig about Tim Scott being the senate's "lone black republican."  Because of course he is, since there are only three current senators who are black, and two are Democrats.  Unless all there were in the same party, one would have to be the only black senator in one of the parties. Wonder why they put that little bit in there.  

Again, there are fools, and there are those who know better than to trust the laughably titled "Fact Checkers" of today. 

In my Protestant days we called this prooftexting




He's not wrong. If your primary approach to the Faith is condemnation, you're missing something about Jesus' message.  If that's your 'primary' approach.   Nonetheless, there is more to it than that, which is the problem with prooftexting.  After all, most assume if they are condemning something (for instance, BLM or #MeToo or LGBTQ activists), it is because there is a valid reason.  And I'd wager in some cases, Fr. Martin would agree.   

Update:



Heh.  Yep.  An age old problem with biblical scholarship and apologetics.  Not bad for arguing on the Internet either. 

ht: Nate Winchester

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Prayers for Deacon Greydanus

I'm highly critical of Deacon Greydanus for several reasons, and rightly so I think.  Both as a movie reviewer and as one making excuses for the inexcusable, I feel he has been tainted by the modern - we'll call it Left - as so many are.  Like many Catholics, he should know better. 

Nonetheless, I saw this today:

Apparently it just happened.  It's tough to lose a loved one, no matter what state of health he is in.  Prayers for the Greydanus family as they move through this time, and prayers for the Deacon.  It isn't easy being in ministry when you're the one suddenly needing ministered to. I know that from experience. 

God's peace and blessings be upon them all.  Eternal rest grant to his father, and let perpetual light shine upon him. 

The missing Covid X-Variable

Can we admit we have no clue about Covid?   There is clearly something missing in the 'how to survive Covid' equation.  We were talking about our governor, Mike DeWine, a couple days ago.  Last year, early in the pandemic, his little Covid dream team came out to explain why the need to do lockdowns and social distancing and masks and all.

One thing DeWine kept bringing up was the early 20th Century's Spanish Flu.  He had little charts showing us all the states that took immediate, and at times draconian, measures to combat the flu, and which ones didn't.  It was a pretty simple chart that showed those states that took action had lower rates of flu deaths, while those that didn't had higher.  Pretty simple stuff.

But here's the problem.  I notice with Covid, there is no such easy chart to plot when it comes to anti-Covid measures and Covid cases and Covid deaths.  States that have instituted draconian measures have, in some cases, led the pack when it comes to deaths and infections and hospitalizations.  On the other hand, some states with the most brutal measures to combat Covid have had much better results.  Same with those states that have maintained loose responses to fighting Covid.  The same goes for countries from what I can tell, but those numbers seem difficult to pinpoint.

In fact, all we need do is look at now.  While more Americans than ever are being vaccinated, the numbers in Covid cases and hospitalizations are rising.  Or so they say.  What's that even mean?  How are the vaccines helping if that is the case?  Or do they say it would be worse if we weren't vaccinated?  That's always an easy claim.  Sure millions died because of this idea we tried, but billions may have died otherwise.  I don't know.  I don't even know how the vaccines help, how often they have to be boosted, and we can't - despite statements to the contrary - know of any long term effects yet. 

And then there is Texas, which sent shockwaves through the media a month or so ago by announcing it would lift all statewide Covid restrictions.  Based on what everyone said, this would usher in a tsunami of Covid cases and restart the entire pandemic.  But last I looked, it appears Texas is actually not seeing the same spikes as other states where restrictions are still quite harsh.

All of this suggests to my layman's eyes that there is something else about Covid we don't know. There is something else that is the real variable showing why people get infected.  A missing information link if you would.  Likewise, there could be other variables behind why some get Covid and never know they had it, others die, and still others are wrecked by debilitating side effects of having the virus.  Granted, not knowing could be a reason to take immediate action, if we knew or could in any way see exactly what actions did what, and which ones worked and which ones didn't. 

Again, we don't know. While there are plenty who no doubt are willing to let millions of lives be ruined so they can stay safe, it becomes troubling when you consider their lives are being ruined for what may prove to be no real purpose.   Not that we should do nothing.  If only 10% of deaths attributed to Covid in the United States were in fact a direct result of Covid, that's still a mighty bad flu season.  Bad enough that the decent thing to do would be do what we can.

But there's a difference between saying do what we can, and mandating controlled responses that have seen skyrocketing drug abuse rates, crime rates, suicide rates, depression rates, not to mention millions of lives thrown upside down.  And we won't even get into the millions of small business owners who don't care about poor people in the third world.  Some of them may never be able to get back on their feet again.  In fact, we may be seeing the first time in which the means to combat an epidemic may cause problems that outlast for years the pandemic they were supposed to fight.  It certainly warrants more of an answer than the usual variations on 'shut up and obey' that we've heard for the last year. 

For a disease that we still clearly know little about, and that has significant variables not accounted for in the calculations about its spread and impact, that begins to be a troubling development.  That despite the gaping holes in our knowledge, we make daily, sometimes contradictory, pronouncements with the assurance of a Jonestown resident.  At least for anyone who doesn't strut under the mantra that there is no end to the suffering and dying I'm willing to allow so that I may be safe and happy, that should be a troubling observation.