Altair wrote: ↑Thu Nov 26, 2020 10:55 amMoreover, it's my feeling that public perception of the danger is at a turning point. Nobody can live for so long in a panic state, and people are learning to get by more or less normally even in this weird situation. For what I see in my environment, there is a growing resentment to imposed restrictions in detriment of the initial fear to COVID. The "virus" is seen less and less as a threat as direct information sources (from family, friends, inmediate environment) are becoming much more credible than the media, which is indeed a good thing.
Dear Altair, I agree with your sense, but feel that in stark contradiction, the moves against sense become more total, complete and totalitarian.
Whilst people normalise their behaviour and play it down for survival or lack of interest, the longer this morona continues, the more draconian the measures become or can become.
I see this as the darkest chapter for sometime where people (in the overwhelming majority) are encouraged to acquiesce through a desire to continue with whatever normality they can.
Whilst there may be some admission that this whole saga is an overreaction, how many people are willing to call it what it is and involve the 'c' word?
The world is large, but little more than a global village where all states, managers, leaders, those in ascendancy have to agree with the dire situation and act accordingly.
Schools are open but with one way systems on the corridors! Just how inane and insane can the rules get before somebody calls it out? There seems to be almost no limits to the insanity covered by societal playing along and survival!
I would caution optimism at any time as it reminds me of the personal bias I experienced with Brexit. Not a single friend, acquantiance or relative wanted out! An important lesson that our own circle reflects our own views (often).
Certain nations are also more rebellious! I can tell you that on the ground in China, the fear is real, mask wearing is performed happily and that all rules are and will be obeyed whatever those rules may be.
I don't want to sound negative, I'm not, I'm just amazed by how willing and able we are to subordinate and pause our lives to the whims of our protectors for an indefinite amount of time.