Human Condition

I have been thinking about the way we as human society have responded to this Pandemic thing. I must admit feeling rather disappointed how we managed not to do a fairly simple thing as a short lockdown – which means, staying inside for a short while to protect ourselves but also others – resulting in a drawn-out sort of lockdown with a curfew at night. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised to find out the human condition apparently is one of selfishness and boorish behaviour.

Another surprise was how people responded to the extremely rare side effects of some of the vaccines, which are a lot safer than most of the medication we routinely take and a whole lot safer than drinking alcohol or smoking. Maybe it has to do with fear. That’s what this guy says. A plausible story and at least something to make one stop and think – which is always a good thing.

“Security Junkie Syndrome”. The addiction to fear. We have become afraid of everything: of risk, of death, of disease, of disappointment. Even the 1-in-a-million chance of side effects with a certain vaccine, safer than cholesterol medication or birth control, is too much for us to consider, even when it’s one-in-a-million for you, but 95% protection from infection for somebody else. If you decide not to be vaccinated, at least have a better reason.

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