Remember the time when in movies we had a bald man threatening to nuke the world as our villain or parents which were against the eternal meeting of the two beloved in the sacred institution of marriage manifesting as antagonist; well, no more; 21st century or coronavirus era has rightly or wrongly embraced the real enemy and no it is not someone sitting in the white house dropping bombs and not someone who is a fan of a justice system of a terrorist organization; It is reported as lack of education, backwardness of thought and mediocrity of System.
It is said that the period in history what we call “ice-age” occurred because trees absorbed more carbon-dioxide than it should, resulting in very cold periods, during which glaciers covered large parts of the world. If we can apply this to post-truth, current-corona age than I believe America would (we-the) people who have absorbed more Human stupidity than they should specifically If there was any Olympic about the mortal chutzpah; firstly I apologized to my “what kind of nation are we “south Asian brothers to disappoint you as you would think we are the only contenders (rightly so) but America would have bought home Gold, silver and bronze with hefty margins.
Here in Pakistan we are talking about how federal and provincial Governments are playing “kill the traitor” with each other and what lockdown should look like, what clothes it should wear but in America which has plus 42,000 deaths with more than 800,000 covid19 cases; people, mainly Trump white supporters (I am a racist okay) are flooding the streets in Michigan, Kentucky, North Carolina, and other states to protest measures intended to stop the spread of COVID-19. In Michigan these largely Mask-less people carried Ak-47 and AR-15(looked like the Taliban wing of American version) reinterring that “This corona-virus is a conspiracy to snatch away our freedom” on being asked who is behind it, most of them bragged “Nazis, communists” and some of them claimed “Jews” with many of them shared “ it can be Muslims as well”.
In Texas There was a protest which had a mammoth poster that said” Texas will not take the mark of the beast”; which loosely translates as “ The identity of Satan” I am sure most of you are wondering what does that even mean and what it has to anything with coronavirus. In Pakistan There is a conspiracy theory manufactured by anti-vaccine groups that polio vaccine causes sexual impotence so Muslims won’t have more babies, Take this conspiracy and multiply it to 1000 and you get this theory which people who holded the protest had; They believe that “ Corona virus has been spread in this world intentionally and vaccine will have a secret microchip so Government can locate you anywhere you go and the mastermind behind is none other than our own white rich beauty Bill gates; the same Guy with secret four eyes who warned the world about a possible pandemic(see I always said billionaires are the problems).
What is more fascinating is what’s happening to our former masters United kingdom; British telecom has appealed people not to Attack Their staff and not to burn Their 5g Towers Because There has been constant attacks on 5g towers and workers in UK, Ireland and Netherlands after a conspiracy that corona is spreading Through the 5g towers and a lot of Hollywood celebrities including our own king Boxer Aamir Khan believe that radiation of 5g towers cause our bodies with the disease. As Honorable president of the United States Mr. Donald Trump is blaming china for all the evil that has been caused in the world, he can Take notes to intensify His theory as 5g towers direct to china as well.
This expression of human behavior to indulge into things so ferociously stupid is not new; it is deep rooted in Our history of the civilizations existed before we even know of; Take the plague of saint vitus from 16th century roman empire Strasbourg, Most people died by dehydration or heart failures, They banned prostitution and gambling to assuage God; sadly it didn’t work so Then they dance at a shrine of a patron saint or the bubonic plague from the 14th century Europe which killed around 30 percent of Europe, people suggested living in a sewer to immune them from The plague; Nostradamus suggested Washing body regularly but who listens to the famous physician when There is easy way out.
19th century London which was hit by cholera had this theory called Miasma theory which meant disease was caused by Bad-smell, as a result local government ordered everyone to throw their sewage into the river Thames- which also happened to supply most of the city’s drinking water. As cholera wasn’t caused by bad smells but by drinking water contaminated by feces of other sufferers; what it did was killing more people. Who can Forget Spanish flu which killed more than 50 million people last century; an American doctor from Texas warned the medical establishment but no one listened because the drums of wars were playing in high tunes, Governments and newspapers Hid the news of its existence and it resulted in chaos of deaths around the world.
There are hundreds of Examples in history of the deadly diseases that have taken Mickey out of Humans and it helped us identify the real enemy; it is the superstition, prejudice and censorship during these pandemics. Unprecedented crisis demands extraordinary measures Taken by ordinary species; it is the time in our history where we can stand for each other or as George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel have said “We learn from history that we do not learn from history.”