The most salient thing I’ve noticed about people’s response to COVID is this:
The softer and easier a person’s life is, the more they over react to COVID.
Almost universally, the people who I see in real life and on social media who freak out over COVID, and want mandates and lockdowns, who get boosters and wear masks, are upper middle-class people who do their jobs in comfortable offices behind a laptop.
The most insane COVID responses are from the pampered, stay-at-home, wives of men described above.
People who lives lives that contain virtually no risk absolutely lose their shit in the face of a cough.
And almost universally, the people who I see in real life and on social media who just keep living their lives, maybe they got vaccinated or maybe they didn’t but are not lined up for boosters and don’t wear masks, are people who’s jobs and lives come with actual risk of injury or death.
Roughnecks, miners, machinists, petroleum workers, etc, the people who could get an arm ripped off or killed by machinery they work with every day simply don’t give a fuck about a cough.
Even within organizations, this is evident.
It’s a simple corollary: the more PPE an employee is required wear on the job the less likely they are willing to be masked or vaccinated and vice versa.
HR and admin are in masks, the rig-hand has never had the jab.
Children have had the lowest rates and virus transmission of any demographic. It’s teachers who work with children and just had two weeks off for Christmas break who are on strike demanding remote learning.
Truckers risk death every day on our highways. Most are unvaccinated.
Writers and pundits who do 100% of their jobs online from a home office with a VPN and a webcam are demanding another two weeks to slow the spread.
Absolutely the lowest risk job workers are demanding thr highest levels of COVID safety.
Even the military is like this. The military personnel pushing COVID compliance are AG officers and uniformed bureaucrats who command through PowerPoint. Combat arms personnel would rather discharge than vaccinate.
COVID compliance has been tyranny of the softest people with the easiest lives over those who do real and dangerous work for a living.
I keep saying I don’t want to return to normal and I want a reckoning.
This is why.
The people who live soft lives and have no idea how to process personal risk should not be the ones who get to decide how society operates.
Thats is how we end up where we are now, a neurotic society paralyzed by fear of a cough.