We know a family with a kid who caught a cold. The kid was banned from school and ordered to take a Wuhan Flu test. This despite the fact that, as a kid, he was statistically more likely to be shot in Chicago than die of the WuFlu.
Where I work, the physical security office only lets one person come in at a time and has one of those utterly pointless plexiglass shields up, covering only 1/3 of the person's body, with huge gaps at the top and sides, so when you talk to the clerk, you talk through the shield, but the virions travel around the shield to get the clerk anyway. Yesterday, I posted Brown University's insane masking and social distance policies for their student body, which is 95%+ vaccinated.
I would argue that we can indulge our neuroses because we're printing money. We don't have to perform up to normal because we're backstopped by mountains of cash.
Under normal circumstances, when you face stresses or setbacks, you can't wallow in self-pity or hide under your bed in fear because you've got bills to pay. You've got to suck it up and get back to work. All of this printed money being handed out by the government gives us the opportunity to turn into full-blown head cases.
And boy howdy, have we done that.
|It's not enough for us to be neurotics, we're teaching our kids to be neurotics as well.|