It’s not people’s fault. We’ve evolved to handle about 150 people around us, maximum, and to filter out external threats. After all, what does it matter to me if people in faraway China are getting sick from the novel Coronavirus?
We’ve got bills to pay, personal issues closer to home.
Our brains can only handle so much.
I wrote a short story about it years ago which is a slap in the face. You Have Too Many Friends. It was more of a commentary on social media but it still applies, I believe.
It hits different right now, doesn’t it?
It’s okay to not be able to handle so much input. We live in the information age, we get bombarded with info every second of our lives, and advertisements don’t make it any better.
Having to think about the world’s problems takes a mental leap and real effort. It’s like advanced mathematics, nobody has evolved to understand them by their own nature, they have to work at it.
But, and this is a big BUT, when epidemiologists tell you to listen and self-quarantine and wash your hands and do social distancing, you have to put your brain cells to work and handle it.
There’s no excuse for that scenario, really. Otherwise you’re a fucking idiot and are endangering yourself and all of us.
I sent out an email a few days ago with the title STAY THE FUCK HOME And Read a Book 😷.
Here it is: https://preview.mailerlite.com/k1s1t0
I got nasty email replies. People got mad about it, but I really don’t give a shit. A big part of my family are medical professionals, doctors, surgeons, pharmacists, anesthesiologists. These people are going to work, risking their lives for all of you and all you have to do is follow the official guidelines and stay the fuck home.
Did you get offended by my use of the word fuck? Good, ’cause that’s why the word exists. This isn’t the time to mince words.
STAY THE FUCK HOME.