May 16, 2021
Please Don’t Let It End
As the pandemic finally winds down, I’ve been getting the eery sense that some people don’t want it to. I’ve had that sense for a year now. After it became clear that we had flattened the curve, we weren’t going to run out of respirators, and hospitals would not be over-run, people kept supporting restrictions. When it became clear that the mortality rate from COVID was less than the flu and therefore simply wasn’t an extraordinary risk, people kept wearing masks.
I used to think it was just political. The Left was vested in the COVID narrative, so Leftists insisted we stay the course.
I also thought there was a large amount of virtue-signaling and general pleasure in telling people what to do, feeling superior.
But now I think there’s something more. Mental illness? Weakness? Lack of character? I really don’t know, Professor Bidziszewslki senses it too. He calls it “fragility.”
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The mental composure of a great many university students these days is fragile. You would be surprised by how many miss classes, and how many classes they miss, because of depression or anxiety. Student health administrators send letters to faculty asking them to excuse the absences of perturbed students, allow them extra time on tests, and make a variety of other accommodations for them, because their discomposure is considered a disability.
For that matter, the equanimity of a lot of other citizens is pretty fragile too. They were anxious before the epidemic. They have been anxious because of the epidemic. According to therapists interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, now some of them appear to be anxious because the epidemic is tapering down. Its windup hints at the possible loss of rules that not only soothe and comfort them, but also