Denial and the New World
I talked to my mom yesterday. She told me that the corona virus might disappear by the end of April. OMG. She believes Trump’s scientific ignorance over real-life expertise. This is not the flu! This is the great irony of the situation: Trumpers, like my parents, are going to perish from their own lack of taking the situation seriously. I have come to peace with the situation, actually. It’s been a rough week, emotionally-speaking.
Sometime in the next few days, I will need to purchase toilet paper. Wish me luck. Massive hoarding has eliminated local supplies. I don’t want to leave home, but will have little choice.
Here is the grief process: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Liberals, like myself, came out of denial at an earlier date than conservatives, who are still protected emotionally from the reality of the situation. When reality breaks through, they are going to be pissed. They may not even make it through the remaining stages before they die. This is where denial is lethal.
Here is my relatively short-term prediction of what will happen. A week off from work is nice–at first. The second week is okay. Then people start getting itchy. This is spring. People have been cooped up all winter. They already have cabin fever, especially those of us in cooler climes. People will simply start disregarding warnings. Americans are not the same as Chinese people. We are not inherently compliant. Our basic attitude, starting with the British, has always been “F*** you!” And the virus will rebound. Our numbers are artificially low due to lack of testing. Here is some viral reality. Viruses don’t go away. If you had chicken pox as a child, fifty years later, under sufficient stress, you can come down with shingles. People like my parents are doomed. Believing Trump is the golden road to an early death. Not believing science doesn’t make it any less true. Reality is unchanged by their refusal to deal with it.
Meanwhile, the rest of us are all cooped up and grieving.