It’s been said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting to get different results. From what I can see that would mean that most of those in power at the moment are so completely barking mad they passed mere “insanity” a long time ago.
I should probably mention that politically my views are mostly… erm… Odd. I don’t care about a lot of the things that seem to get a lot of people hot under the collar and in extreme cases blowing smoke out their ears.
What I do care about is intelligent behavior, of which I can see precious little at the administrative and political level right now. I keep having to remind myself that any organization is at its core nothing more than a group of people. And that any group of people is usually a panic short of a mob – by which I mean if you startle the people in a group, unless it’s a very well trained group, you end up with a panicking mob.
And the intelligence of a mob is somewhere less than the intelligence of its dumbest member.
This perspective makes it easier to understand the utter madness of round two of “let’s nuke millions of careers to try to give tens of thousands of mostly elderly, mostly very sick people an extra year or two”, otherwise known as the antiviral lockdown. It’s yet another situation where a whole lot of allegedly intelligent, qualified people are busy destroying hundreds of lives for every single life saved.
Of course, the hundreds destroyed don’t make for easy counting or even photogenic propaganda. They’re all ordinary working people, small business owners and the like, a lot of them getting by with maybe a little extra to put away for bad times, and their desperation as their lack of employment drags on or their business can’t keep running at a loss any longer… Well, that doesn’t fit nicely into statistics, does it?
It’s easier to count corpses that test positive for a virus than it is to count lives and futures ruined. It’s easier to make florid security theater gestures that – at best – make no difference than it is to look at graduates who’ve been unable to find work and watch them come to the bitter realization that by the time they’ll be able to look for work, they’ll be competing against at least a year’s worth of younger, fresher graduates.
But fear not, dear comrades. This is what those in power always do. They flail around doing things for the sake of looking like they’re doing something, and always, always screw the pooch.
Which is why I personally consider anyone in power right now to be the walking definition of insanity. And incompetence.
And I really do not like incompetents who insist on inflicting their lack of capability on the rest of us.