The pandemic was a textbook example of the psychological phenomenon.
Living in the 21st century feels like living through Dutch Tulip mania, the Salem witch trials, and Orson Welles' "War of the Worlds" all rolled into one on an annual basis.
In the span of 5ish years how many manias have been unleashed? Trumpmania, Covidmania, George Floyd-mania, and that doesn't include lesser manias like #MeToo, Trans, Brexit, Ukraine etc etc.
And the reason why is obvious: smartphones, constant internet access, and social media are the greatest tools of social conditioning and mass-opinion control and formation ever invented, and they are to mass hysteria what open sewers and rat turds were to medieval plagues.
Modern technology has been as radically destabilizing to our world as the printing press was to 15th century Europe, and that took about a century of wars before all that preceded it was gone and some sort of stasis was reached.
The Machines are swallowing the world, humans and their brains first and foremost, and things aren't likely to settle down until all has been thoroughly digested.
Plenty of perma-maskers out there. Have restaurants, theaters, stadiums, etc. established masking and non masking seating areas like the old smoking ones? Maybe amusement parks can have "you must have had 6 covid shots to ride this ride " rules?
I think the lady who wants to live in a covid extreme community should do so. Solves a problem for the rest of us
A good piece, thank you.
I have been fascinated by a young woman at work - a lovely person - who is still wearing her mask. This is three years down the line! After South Africa ditched them yonks ago. She is devoted to it, on account of her grandparents, with whom she lives. She has bought the lie - such a clever bit of deceit with it's "abundance of caution". Just enough of a caveat to make it not quite a lie. And she is no ignoramus, moreover! A doctorate in a science discipline which should have given her ample opportunity to unpick the facts. The covid behemoth has hijacked this lovely young person's reasoning faculties and forced her to live a ridiculously face-hidden, constrained life for three years!
I am reminded of the use of nosegays in the times of plague. At least they had some utility in that they masked smells! Nor were they used to virtue signal. This piece I paste below is ironic in that it rightly points out that people made a false correlation saying bad smells cause diseases - and yet still manages to inject a little bit of Covid "panic" in her opening paragraph! The world is still stumbling around in the middle ages....
The global response to Covid-19 has been the biggest mistake/calamity since the destruction of European civilization in 1914.
It is a real thing that we need to be talking about again now that we are “allowed” to.
Nice writeup. I believe, however, Mattias discourages use of the word 'psychosis', preferring just 'mass formation'.
The most impressive case post-Nazi Germany was the People's Temple in Guyana in the late 1970s.
Your first condition is GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder), https://www.verywellmind.com/dsm-5-criteria-for-generalized-anxiety-disorder-1393147.
This was extremely interesting and bang on.
A bit over the top.