I don't think it's too preachy and was well reasoned.
But I also think it's healthy (no pun intended) to discuss different points of view on a subject. Or in some cases, a fucking wild rant:
I'm amazed that within a very short time some people are existing in extreme fear of this thing. Within days the stock market has crashed, people are stuck at home, many businesses closed, the news is a non-stop generator of fear and anxiety and for what exactly? In the end, are these perhaps society changing actions worth it? What would have happened before social media? You'd have read about some sickness and gone on with your day. Apparently lots of people die from the flu each year. If you are indeed correct about mutations then what? Non-stop updated vaccines? More social distancing? It alarms me that within a very short span, people are afraid to touch door handles. Universities are closed. Wouldn't they be the safest since most of the student body is young? Why was there this mad rush to go to the hospitals? The testing? Tom Hanks immediately proclaiming on tv he has it. Shit. It makes conspiracy theorists seem there on to something. What good did it do to have Hanks go on tv? What happened? People go nuts and hoard tp. None of this is good. When this ends, some businesses are going to be wiped out. A lot of smaller businesses. And in the end, no one knows anything. Sure, don't have people cough on you but how is that any different from how you should be living in the first place?
Oh, now I should wash my hands? Well shit, thanks for telling me that. Boy oh boy, never thought of that. I carry some hand sanitizer in my car, used it to clean my hands after pumping gas. Big deal. Now it's a black market item. Seriously. What the hell. Look at how fast peoples lives can be changed. If they can be changed over this, sure as shit they can be changed into accepting loss of freedoms. And again, for what? There's worse things than death.
Picture this happening in the early 90s. People would shrug, think it's a shame some people are dying of the flu and just get on with their lives. The elderly, most of them in this country sad to say, have to be extra careful but that's the case anyway. I know older people who go to the hospital for one thing, catch pnuemonia and die. It's sad. It's fucking horrific. But no one gives a fuck. People just live their lives. And that's what would have been happening in the past. There wouldn't have been a crazed rush on the hospitals, people in constant fear of getting this thing. Hell, a lot of people could have it and be fine. Is there a danger of passing it on? Well shit, there's fucking danger everywhere in this world and none of us know. Why is some poor child born with osteo genesis imperfecta? Why does some guy who smokes and drinks ends up living a full and long life? No one knows.
Has there ever been a day where the news wasn't bad on tv? Where they didn't focus on filling your brain with worthless depressing stories? Stories you take in and do absolutely nothing about. Generally speaking. Basically the entirety of u.s. society has stopped and people are boxed into their homes and for what exactly? What is the end goal here? For the curve to flatten? Sure. Why is this particular disease the thing that fucking shut sports down? I don't care to watch millionaires wave sticks in the air and hit balls and play catch in tights but I'm shocked they shut the whole thing down. Suddenly everyone, the govt most of all cares about the elderly? Most people have no patience for the elderly? Go to a grocery store, no wait, think back to how impatient people would be in the check out when Nana pulls out her tiny change purse or God forbid writes a check. Or be stuck behind some granny who can barely see over the steering wheel. Talk about injustice? Go to a fucking nursing home where the may charge $5000 a month for an old person to sit in a wheel chair, stare into space and have their diaper changed. Does anyone care about the elderly then? Or the cost of Rx? Of course not.
Suddenly, we're being told to wash our hands like British posters urging calm in the face of WW2 bombings. It's fucking ridiculous. You could observe every covid-warning just fine and still catch it. Fred Fredrickson could touch every door handle and not wash his hands for a week and be fine and infection free. No one knows.
But fine, everyone will stay in, a lot of smaller businesses will die, who knows which and how the corporate monstrosities will survive and thrive and hope that things don't go down the toilet with all the hoarded two-ply. What if a CDC truck pulled up to someone's home and ushered the family away. Would most people do something? Protest? Or watch from windows?
Now...if you made it through all that, wow. Thanks. Kind of you. Do I really think CDC trucks will just usher families away? No. Would I rather people be smart and cautious and considerate of others in the hopes of not spreading this thing? Of course! And do I want old people to remain healthy, to be a boon for their loved ones and children and grand-children. Yes.
My concern is how quickly human society and behaviors can be quickly warped, perhaps quicker than any other time in history due to social media and that this could be used as a mechanism of control. Paranoid? Possibly. But then what are advertisements but an attempt to control your behavior, broadcast into your home every day?
I think the next few weeks will either prove the cautionary approach at "flattening the curve" accurate or give more fuel to conspiracy theorists and fears of a new rising facism in this country. My guess, this will get extended a few more weeks, we'll get some govt money and things will start opening again.
But go back twenty some years and people's quality of lives would be better as they'd just be living them without this fear and a massive economic collapse. Unless of course you got sick and died. But then, that can happen all the time anyway.
Maybe this can be your second-book after the record shoppe one.
Understandable. Good point about children's mental health, (and I hope yours are doing well) I know sad to say, a lot of younger people on psych meds, I hope this shelter-in-place lockdown hasn't created more mental problems in the younger generations. Bad enough there's the cell phone/social media addictions, a never-ending cycle of updates from friends, family, strangers, etc. that does more harm than good. Most I've known can't even turn it off. Sad times.
Anyway, I hope you and all of yours out there in the Farm are doing well and understand the point of the broad generalities expressed and the concerns behind said expression with a healthy dose of anger and a bit of disbelief at how, as Hoodoo Man notes, things went with tp. Not much humor in the above ranting though unless you find the whole thing amusing in which case, glad you got something out of it even if it was a derisive chuckle.
All right, enough o' this. Where's a bootleg I can review thirty years past its expiry date?