Darwin Award Winners
I saw a conservative Christian television personality talking about how paranoid young millenials are about the coronavirus. He was saying that he was out buying something and noticed that the market square was filled with older people and empty of younger people. The gist of his message was that the younger people were unnecessarily scared about the coronavirus and the older folks were more mature and out and about enjoying life. The message I personally received was that the younger people were science-believing, reality-embracing people and the older folks were not very bright or concerned about their own or anyone else’s health. Who will survive? It doesn’t take a genius to figure that one out.
I see this crisis as a moment in human evolution, culling the herd. The most efficient way to do it is to allow others to do it to themselves.
A Darwin Award is given to someone who either renders themselves unable to reproduce or just plain dead due to their own stupidity, thereby taking themselves out of the gene pool. Nobody did it to them. They are not victims.
When I saw the Florida governor do a shelter-in-place order and then proceed to make an exception for religious services, I just laughed. Perfect. Protect everyone but the most vulnerable. These churches are crammed with senior citizens in a state my dad refers to as “God’s waiting room.” Wow. Florida has a Republican governor, just like absolutely every single state that does not have a shelter-in-place order. But give it a few months and it won’t have enough Republican voters to tip any election ever again. I’m good with that.
The problem is that, in the meantime, we are all imperiled by their stupidity. They are not just putting themselves at risk. It is not just about them. Reality is that we are all connected, like it or not.
There are no good answers to this crisis. However, I’m staying home as much as possible, not for my protection, but for everyone else’s. That is common sense, that’s all.