To cut to the chase, we have gone and thrown out reason, rationality and proportionality this year. A coronavirus, which posed a danger to a very small proportion of our society, but which actually has an Infection Fatality Rate of around 0.2% – 0.26% (not too dissimilar to a bad seasonal flu), and which could thus have been dealt with proportionality, somehow became the catalyst for the biggest mass hysteria in the history of the human race. Indeed, many were so taken in by the great hypnotic spell set in motion by charlatans with their “hard-hitting emotional messaging,” that they adopted practices so irrational and disproportionate to the threat, one wonders how they managed to live before this year.
Is it really he biggest mass hysteria in the history of the human race? And was it just this year?
Smoking bans are just as bad, if not worse. They are now an institutionalised example of hysteria. They are just one of many successive deposition layers of solidified hysteria, building one atop the previous ones, slowly burying everything.
Global Warming is another hysteria, peddled by hysterical girls like Greta Thunberg.
Asteroid Impacts are another lurking terror:
99942 Apophis is a near-Earth asteroid with a diameter of 370 metres that caused a brief period of concern in December 2004 when initial observations indicated a probability up to 2.7% that it would hit Earth or the Moon on April 13, 2029.
The closest approach of Apophis will be 31,000 kilometers above the surface of the Earth. The Earth’s diameter is 12,742 km. Earth geostationary satellites are 35,786 km above Earth’s equator, Were it to strike the Earth, Apophis would create a 5.1-kilometre impact crater. The Chicxulub crater in Yucatan Mexico,, created during the extinction of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago, is about 10 km in diameter.
We may have no doubt that the event will be accompanied by global mass hysteria, and quite likely lockdowns, and martial law.
Perhaps it’s simply that the more prosperous people become, the greater the lurking dread that it will all be swept away in some cataclysm: fire, earthquake, volcanic eruption, plague, nuclear war, UFO invasion, sea level rise, atmospheric warming, and so on.
The more leisured life becomes, the more time that can be spent fretting over unforeseen and unforeseeable threats.
It’s perhaps self-correcting. The net effect of all the lockdowns and restrictions will be to crash the economy, reduce prosperity, and restrict leisure. Once that happens it will be harder to worry and fret. People will have more pressing concerns. The panic will subside.
And then everyone can go back to smoking tobacco, just as they have for thousands of years.