THE COVID CRISIS: Thinking for Yourself May Be the Only Regimen for Recovery
Part 1 of a 3-Part Series...
By Steven Ferry Chairman, International Institute of Modern Butlers | June 21, 2020
"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies." Groucho Marx
While on a tour of southern Europe in the summer of '86, my wife, who was walking behind me a couple of paces through Milan railway station, suddenly started yelling angrily. I turned around to see her gesticulating wildly and half-a-dozen young girls scattering. "What?" "They all came at me at once, and the one with the piece of cardboard was using it as cover to try to steal from my bag." I smiled, because the girls had no doubt thought, "Tourists, easy mark (target)," but did not know my wife is aware of her environment, worldly-wise, and more than willing to fight back. These girls only kept picking pockets because enough people are half asleep, easily distracted, and too trusting to suspect others of ill-intent.
Anyone with a hidden agenda who wants something that others would rather not lose, will smile in the target's face while stabbing them in the back; a key technique being to cause a confusion that distracts and then striking from a different angle.
In the same vein, we have been given solutions to manage a pandemic-that-isn't (as these three articles will prove in no uncertain terms), which solutions nevertheless continue to be enforced and which we would never have agreed to without an apparent pandemic necessitating them.
Throughout recorded history, man has very rarely demonstrated the capacity to reach rational conclusions and bring about sensible solutions that are maximally beneficial to the maximum areas of life impacted by that solution. Too often, the solutions benefit the few, or none at all, and usually involve ill-thought-through fixes and the use of force to implement them over the backs of those who are not benefitted.
Furthermore, it appears that in the absence of correct information, man is subject to panic - whether the witch trials of Salem or the 471 times on record over the last 4,800 years that certain groups believed wholeheartedly that the world would end.