My son is back in school after a year and a half, and parents have gone mad. I’m reading articles in the local paper about our and nearby communities having heated debates over mask mandates. Just now I read about school board resignations and threats from parents. Superintendents are scared to do what must be done.
I’m just glad my entire household is vaccinated, including my son. We’re highly unlikely to experience anything worse than a bad cold or flu. But Delta’s viral load is said to be strong even in the vaccinated, so we could still spread it if we catch it.
It’s scary to see in my own country, my own town, the danger of mass delusion. Before now, I just read about it happening in other countries, such as Nazi Germany, the charismatic leaders spreading lies that too many people believe, until it causes real harm and damage to others.
The science is clear, and so are the news reports, but too many people refuse to believe the truth. Many people are dying. This is, unfortunately, Darwinism at work. Will the survivors be smarter after this? Who knows? Or will they find some way to, say, blame Biden for a pandemic raging even though–because of him–vaccines are plentiful, and even though people refuse to take them?
After being inside for so long, the past several months I’ve finally been venturing back out again–but what I find disturbs me. I can’t even go to a frickin’ barbecue without people yelling about CRT and complaining about being called racist (after they’ve just said things that are in fact racist).
The pod people are in my own family, very close to me. The pod people are among my friends, “laugh emojiing” at my Facebook posts and harassing me in the comment section. They’re at writer’s club. They’re in church (the new person who keeps saying things like “masks in church are clown masks” and “don’t be driven by fear”).
I go out to an appointment and pass a house with a “STOP VACCINE MANDATES” sign. On the way to church, the doctor, pretty much anywhere, I pass a house with so many disturbing signs on the lawn that I fear a future mass shooter is lurking there.
I go to the doctor, and the next day, read an article saying that a bunch of staffers there protested the vaccine mandate. If someone is involved in some way with my health care, I want them vaccinated!!!!!!!
Over a decade ago, my narcissist ex-friend Richard made these same crazy comments about the swine flu and swine flu vaccine. He said if there were a mandate, he would refuse, even if one of his kids died. He sounded so heartless and asinine. And now there are thousands of Richards all over the country! I had thought when I cut off relations with him, that I wouldn’t hear any more of this kind of idiotic rhetoric. But then the TEA Party took over the Republican Party, and they all went crazy. Richard’s friend Chris is even crazier than he is about vaccines etc., seeing alien nanite overlords everywhere, and now there are Chrises all over the country!
I fear for this country and its future. We have little dictators convincing people that God wants them in office. We have mass hypnotism. We have raging climate change that people still deny. We have idiocy forcing its will over everyone else.
This is why some of us ex-Evangelicals can’t help wondering if the End Times prophecies were for real after all.