Are you asked, “how can people believe this s**t?” I am. Folks wonder why people believe satanic pedophiles are drinking children’s blood while plotting world domination inside Washington pizzerias. Why the wildfires wilding the West are “completely unrelated” to global climate change and the worst drought in 1200 years. That COVID-19 is a “hoax,” a trumped-up cold, the lies perpetrated by dark elites who run the world.
Why? Because it’s exciting. Thrilling. Enchanting.
There are many pleasures to today’s Inverse Reality, a net bred science fiction universe we now live in. In a world where video manipulated propaganda is spread to billions at the tap of a button, people can shift from the Matrix’s “red pill to the blue pill” and back again. It taps into America’s long-running love of lonely rebels risking their lives to “get at the truth.”
For then you and a few (but growing) number of others possess the correct facts. You have discovered the real secrets. Now you Know. You know in your gut, bones and heart what’s really going on, even if others mock you. In fact, mocking makes you more certain you are right. Like Luke Skywalker, you will confront the Evil Empire and live, free and brave. You will own the real truth, not the fake goods sold to the masses.
COVID-19 has gained a great ally.
A cardiologist who treats Covid-19 patients with hydroxychloroquine and tells them the virus will “disappear” November 4th.
A health care worker who explains “Covid is no worse than the flu” and that “masks are bullsh**t, they’re useless.”
A young, vibrant woman who regards the virus as a hoax, most deaths ascribed to as due to pre-existing health problems, and if you die you go to heaven and that’s a good thing.
The cardiologist’s medical staff is annoyed when their patients ask them to wear masks, but will comply. Their boss is sure hydroxychloroquine works to prevent and treat COVID, though a politically manipulated “emergency use” was revoked due to inefficacy and dangerous cardiac arrhythmias. It is unclear what mechanism he believes the virus will adapt to immediately self-destruct following the national election.
The health care worker is a kind, compassionate man. He rather gleefully explains why masks are thoroughly useless, that all the attempts to control the virus will be for naught, and is happy he has found a like-minded community who know “what’s what.”
The young woman is cheerful explaining that everything will be fine in the end as part of the divine plan. My counter-example regarding pre-existing conditions – choose a woman with congestive heart failure. Put her in the middle of Fifth Avenue. Shoot her in the head. Reported cause of death – congestive heart failure – fails to convince.
Going Down the Rabbit Hole
It’s so much fun when you finally know what really going on.
That’s what people tell me. They’ve been bamboozled for decades. Experts are trotted out with graphs and charts, all fabricated, to make you think things need to change.
They don’t. It’s thrilling to know the truth. We need cheap coal, not expensive, wasteful solar power. Masks are an infringement of our divine freedom to breathe, not instruments to block infectious viral particles as condoms do for AIDS.
And it’s even more enthralling that others agree. Go on the net. It’s all there. The real truth.
For on the net, the “real” truth is that nothing succeeds like extremes. Success translates to billions in profits and trillions in stock values. Which headline attracts your attention more-“Rice Production in Gifu Prefecture Grew 1.4% This Year” or “Extra-Terrestrial Sighted Running National Security Council Meeting?”
Money is the mother’s milk of politics, and money is power.
The president has been ridiculed for declaring at a recent town hall that “herd mentality” – not “herd immunity” – will stop COVID-19. But herd mentality was exactly the aim. It’s a belief in alternate facts, an Inverse Reality that is mutated and reversed with breathtaking regularity. In a world where science is a twisted perversion, the truth is whatever I tell you it is.
If the virus had emotions, it would express gratitude beyond saying. Vaccines, testing and tracking, all that’s been gained by public health experience through centuries, might stop it, perhaps even eradicate it.
Instead Americans fight our mask wars. Which leaves the virus free to spread fire after fire, point epidemic after epidemic, sweeping all before it more steadily and universally than the firestorms of the West.
Ultimately, reality trumps ideology. The virus’ fires have not yet begun to become extinguished, and there’s much more to burn.