Skip to comments.No, Social Distancing Isn’t A Blessing In Disguise. It’s Evil
Posted on 05/06/2020 5:46:25 AM PDT by Kaslin
Blessing In Disguise. Its Evil Social distancing is not something to celebrate. It is, according to the experts, what we must do right now. But its a necessary evil, not a societal good.
As the U.S. governments 30 days to slow the spread order expires, with no indication that President Trump plans to extend it, its time to start asking whether it was worth it. Have the extreme social distancing and economic measures to which we have subjected ourselves accomplished the desired result? Was any of it even necessary to begin with?
Its a question well be debating for years. Depending on where you live, social distancing is going to continue, at some level, for the foreseeable future. It will be a very long time before its far enough in the rear view to assess its effect. Even then, there will be no way to know for sure what would have happened had we not taken the approach we did.
In the meantime, there is and will be a strong desire to find some good in our national ordeal, as the thought that we might have done all this for nothing is too depressing to contemplate. Surely it was worth it! Surely we didnt tank our economy, undermine public health, close our houses of worship, give up basic freedoms, and turn into a nation of latchkey citizens for no good reason! Its a horrifying thought.
Its so horrifying, in fact, that many Americans are understandably looking for the good in all this, apart from the intended result. The examples flood social media: Look at how much richer our lives are and what better people weve become!
Weve spent more time with our families, gotten to know our neighbors better, made our pets deliriously happy by staying home with them 24/7, cooked more from scratch, taken up new and rewarding hobbies, Marie Kondod every aspect of our existence, planted a vegetable garden, knocked a few titles off our to-read list, and learned better personal hygiene! Were tanned, rested and ready (well, maybe not tanned), and when this pandemic is over, were going to be kinder, gentler people.
I understand the impulse. To a degree, I share it. As a person of faith, I believe in a God that can take the worst human-made mess and bring something good out of it. I believe that He can do that even with this pandemic.
At the same time, something within me bristles at the effort to put lipstick on this pig. It is grating to hear the coronavirus touted as a blessing in disguise: the thing we needed to make the world a better place. Ive even seen it inexplicably argued that social distancing can make us less lonely. Alone together! Thats Newspeak if Ive ever heard it.
Yes, adversity can teach us valuable lessons. Tragedy can help us remember whats most important in life. But for every positive story to be found in this pandemic, theres a another one showing Americans to be increasingly anxious, depressed, and isolated, more likely to tattle on each other, more dependent on the government, more addicted to our screens, and as politically polarized than ever. So lets dismiss the notion that this situation can somehow make the world a better place.
Social distancing is not something to celebrate. It is, according to the experts, what we must do right now. But its a necessary evil, not a societal good.
Like many, Ive spent the last couple of months dutifully trying to find the silver lining in this cloud, going down the road not taken, fronting only the essential facts (not to mention retail establishments) of life, and gathering more rosebuds than I know what to do with. But my shoes are muddy, Im tired and grumpy, and after two months without allergy shots, I cant step foot outside, much less smell the flowers.
Worst of all, I havent been to church, the way church is supposed to be, in two months. As much as Id like to believe otherwise, Im not becoming a better person. Im struggling, desperately, to hold it all together.
When this shutdown began, I was one of those who joked about how I had trained for this all my life. I am an extreme introvert and committed homebody. I have a harmonious family life. I have been able to continue working full time from home. Im in relatively good health. I dont have aged parents to worry about because both my husbands and my parents are already gone. I am one of the lucky ones.
If social distancing is this hard for me, I can only imagine how hard it is for those who have actually lost loved ones, jobs, and businesses; who are battling serious health problems, mental illness and addiction; who cant visit their people in hospitals or care centers; who are sheltering in abusive situations; or who are trying to survive this ordeal all alone.
Thats why Im going to keep reminding myself, every day, that everything about the current situation is wrong, bad, and harmful. Its not a party, a vacation, or a needed opportunity for hope and change. Its a prison sentence, and the sooner we all get sprung, the better.
Social distancing is about destroying populism. People have to be alone in their thoughts, that way they can be fearful and trusting in government.
As long as it prevents people from hugging me without permission, I’m fine with it.
I think its created more contempt for government. Thats a very good thing.
Back in the Olden Days, Solitary Confinement was used as the ultimate punishment only for prisoners who stepped out of line. Then, all of sudden...
It was also back in the Olden Days when self-isolation and compulsive hand-washing were indicators of neuroses. Then, all of sudden...
There is nothing moral or constitutional or conservative about spreading contagion. Not a goddamned thing and this preaching of suicide from the right has to come to an utter halt right now or the lockdown totalitarian running dogs of the CHICOMS will win.
There is a reasonable middle. Social distancing isn't lockdown. It's just appropriate measures to reduce the rate of spread of contagion. There is a simple measure. Is Rt less than one, the criteria for whether the disease will die out or whether it will spread through the rest of the US like it did in Wuhan and NYC.
BS Social distancing is not lock-down. Whitmer and her kith and kin should be strung up on lampposts, but reasonable social distancing is appropriate.
The lock downs might be a mixed bag, but there have clearly been some benefits.
There were still over 24,000 coronavirus cases yesterday, in America.
That is still quite a large number.
Over 24,000 (new) coronavirus cases.
I actually shook hands yesterday with a guy I hadn’t seen in a couple years.
Wow, it felt good.
The number of new cases is somewhat irrelevant.
50,000 people probably chipped a tooth yesterday too. So what.
What’s relevant is not really being reported.
How many hospitalizations yesterday?
How many released?
How many are sick but not hospitalized?
Minor cases of any disease are not really important.
“It gave us time to develop some vaccine candidates.”
Never happen. So we had three months to develop WuFlu vaccines. We had 40 years to develop some HIV vaccine candidates, and how did that work out for us? The yearly flu vaccines are more than 50% ineffective.
“We have the cleanest air in decades.”
Because we had no manufacturing happening, with millions out of work.
Im happy to know that you dont have an arthritic right thumb.
Until its safe means, Never. - Dennis Prager
That needed to be repeated in large letters.
You are a clueless idiot. Of course it is relevant. It is the whole thing because the trend in the 3 day average of daily new cases tells us whether we have this under control - which we presently do - or whether we are headed for an exponential crash of the entire US social fabric.
The other measures are relevant in determining whether a disease is something to be worried about. For instance, we don't worry about the common cold. We actually do worry about flu, but not as much as we should and a new normal would require those who are sick with flu to stay home so they don't spread it around. Health and economic productivity would be improved.
Well that's clearly an extreme and idiotic view. Why would you believe that?
Two weeks of tenfold increases means we would have 2.4 M new cases. Another week and we have 24 M cases. Now obviously at some point here you have infected very susceptible person and it stops. But you have also killed every vulnerable person.
And no, right now were are nowhere close to "herd immunity" which requires infecting at least 60% of the US population and probably more like 80-90%.
And no, totalitarian lockdown plays into the hands of the CHICOMS. Doing nothing plays into the hands of the blue state totalitarians. There is a reasoned middle.
While "desperately" seems a tad too strong, I am feeling like this. As free Americans, this is not the way we were intended to live.
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