Sometimes I wish people would take the trouble to read even a little history. We're so ignorant and so spoiled and so self-indulgent these days that we're living The Princess And The Pea every single day. 9/11 was awful but it was literally insignificant compared to the Cuban Missile Crisis, an event that could have resulted in billions of dead. Covid-19 is literally insignificant (per capita mortality rate, well under one-tenth of one percent even in the worst-hit nations) compared to the annual toll of deaths from smoking and obesity-related diseases (all of which are 100% avoidable, yet consume more than half of all health service budgets). Perhaps if people were less ignorant, the minor challenges of the present would be seen for what they are: extremely minor inconveniences. Then we'd panic less and do fewer stupid things to "save" ourselves. We'd be less inclined to indulge in moronic conspiracy theories aimed at the totally ignorant and extremely low-IQ folk who lap this stuff up in a desperate attempt to find something sufficiently simple-minded that their limited intellects can almost, sort of, encompass the main elements. As a child, you stood no chance because you'd never been taught how to evaluate information. As adults, we all ought to be doing much better - but we're not.

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