20 Things I’ve Learned (Or Had Confirmed) About Humanity During The ‘Pandemic’ (THREAD):

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10/ When sufficiently frightened, most people will not only accept authoritarianism, but demand it.


Pearl Harbor, 9/11, 2020.

I got some real good insight on this one from my dear old dad.   As of 2021, I am 46.  My dad was like 48 when I was born.   He died about 6 years ago at age 86.  He joined the Navy when he turned 18 at the tail end of WWII.   He was on the boat crews that picked up Japanese soldiers from the islands after the surrender.

One day I asked him, “Many people draw parallels between 9/11 and Pearl Harbor.   You and Mom are the only people I know that experienced both.   Which one was scarier?”

He thought a bit and said there were real similarities.  But Pearl Harbor was definitely scarier.  He said this was for 2 reasons:  1. you already knew there was a world war going on, and now we were in it, and 2. The info was so limited.

There wasn’t real-time breaking news.   You saw the 2nd tower fall live.   He was in rural Iowa.   Most of the news got to him over a day after it happened.   His quote was “as far as we knew there were Japanese troops on shore in California.”  The lag of news was so slow, it led to uncertainty.  You didn’t know what the hell was going on.

So you find the people who you think best know what to do, say “What do we do?”, and you do it.

The other example, to me, is that I’m always very surprised at the number of people who undergo major medical procedures – or don’t undergo – based on 1 doctor.   I replaced my AC last week and got at least 9 quotes.

11/ People who are dismissed as ‘conspiracy theorists’ are often well researched and simply ahead of the mainstream narrative.

This one cuts both ways.  Confirmation bias and Echo chambers abound here.  If you don’t know what those are, google em.   Re-read realization #8 first.

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