The expression “flatten the curve” has become part of everyday conversation in this time of coronavirus pandemic panic. It means to defer some of the inevitable illness and death inevitably caused by the virus until later in its natural cycle. The purpose is to supposedly reduce pressure on the healthcare system, although it does not seem to working out that way.
Who talks like that? Who uses terms like “flatten the curve” in conversation? Geeks. Mathematicians. Dispassionate technicians who don’t care about people. Theorists. Those with no empathy, and no sympathy.
There is no thought of people. Those cases on the curve are somebody’s Mom, or brother, or nephew or niece. They are nervous feelings of wondering whether symptoms warrant a call to the doctor. They are the discomfort and pain of coughs and fevers and shortness of breath.
Do the “flatten the curve” geeks think about these human feelings? Apparently not. All wrapped up in their data and their charts and their models, they forget the human angle. A curve is theoretical. Getting the theory right is what matters to them.
Now, as it emerges they are generating the wrong response to the wrong data, they are even more exposed in their inhumanity. Hospitals are emptying, not filling, because non-coronavirus related elective surgeries – around which people planned their lives and made provision with their families and jobs – are postponed awaiting the yet-to-arrive crush of COVID-19 cases. Non-medical staff are being furloughed. No matter. The curve is being flattened.
These mathematical technicians are the product of teaching STEM in schools and universities, and not developing character, or accountability or a sense of personal responsibilities. They’re the consequence of parents and students abandoning the humanities and non-STEM subjects because they became dominated by the cultural Marxism of the extreme left. We abandon civilized thinking in order to flatten the curve.
Lockdown is the term for the economic destruction and the shattering of society that is ordered upon us by the politicians who are attracted to the opportunity of translating the “flatten the curve” language into the political action of ordering people to stop working, stop socializing and stop sending their kids to school.
Who talks like that? Authoritarians. Totalitarians. People consumed with power and control. People who seek to overwhelm the citizenry with more regulation, more rules, more restraint until they finally submit.
We can no longer excoriate them as failed planners, because they have now demonstrated they can shut down the entire economy. They can no longer be characterized as fearful and incompetent administrators because – look! – they are exercising the ultimate powers of coercion and control. They’ve ascended to the peak of power.
There is no thought for the human feelings of business owners whose life’s work has been undermined, and whose ambitions have been thwarted. There is no consideration that business is a work of love and devotion, the privilege of serving others for the reward of economic and personal achievement. There is no thought of community and co-operation. Just lock them all down.
After precipitating the highest unemployment rates the US has seen since 1933, the political class implemented the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”). Who talks like that? Who makes PR-tuned acronyms out of destruction? Bureaucrats. The soul-less. Those with misplaced priorities.
The people who concern themselves with cute and catchy acronyms for their massive wealth transfers are those with the desire to rule irrespective of elections or individual rights.
The medical bureaucrats seem delighted to have turned our entire nation – and indeed the world – into a clinical experiment. The biggest of big data! They are the scientists who want to decide who lives and who dies and who is permitted to receive treatment and who is denied it in the cause of science. They decide who lives in confidence and who lives in fear. When they talk of COVID-19’s incidence and penetration into the population, they don’t use that word to identify a number of people, but a data set. They want us to be points in a model, not people with families and hopes and ambitions and desires and freedom.
How did we get divided into people with feelings versus people with bureaucratic and political power?