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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Going out if it kills me

This is an interesting video. It is of course, an attitude not exclusive to Alabama, in fact it is representative of a wave of potentially self destructive behavior that can be seen in every region of our country, all facing the same deadly microbe.

Young people think they are immune. There are thousands of cases that shows that they are not. Many people of all ages who are lucky enough to survive Covid 19 will have significant organ damage and health problems for the rest of their lives. Guess what? They don't care.

I was taught that one of the first innate rules of human behavior was self preservation. But maybe I was wrong. Maybe things have changed, if change is even possible after 400,000 plus years of biological evolution and programming.

I was thinking about this the other day. If you can get people to throw their lives away, all the rational models go out the window. Hence you get kamakazi pilots in World War II and suicide bombers throughout the middle east. Helpful to have a nationalistic or religious cause as a prime motivator. People can be manipulated into acting against their own lives and self interest very easily.

But this devil may care, if I get it, I get it attitude just seems feloniously stupid to me, not to mention foreign to our first directive. If the President isn't wearing a mask, why should I?


Kerr A. Lott said...

Like my buddy Dennis said, "good, fewer idiots in the country".

I agree, except those idiots will infect some of us who do wear masks and practice social distancing.

It's fake tough guy Trump's fault, masks are not for manly men, they're for sissies.

Ironically though, Trump is quite feminine, not manly at all.


"Is Trump a man your father and grandfather would have respected?"

Blue Heron said...

No, he is not. I am glad my late father didn't have to see his spectacle.

island guy said...

This guys remarks can certainly be characterized as both stupid and showing an utter lack of critical thinking. Buying into a Fox news world view ( i assume) doesnt help. But the hordes of young people flocking together around the world at every opportunity shows the feelings of invulnerability we all seem to share at that age.

Blue Heron said...

The art market isn't really much of a spectator sport, except perhaps for the auctions...