Saturday, May 23, 2020

the people know what they want, and they deserve to get it good and hard...,

economicprism |  Again, this is a nasty virus.  We don’t discount how contagious it is…or its potential to cause death to the elderly and those with preexisting health conditions.  But, by all honest accounts, the apocalyptic prophecies have not come true.

The point is the fear of the plague is proving to be much more destructive than the actual plague.  There are the immediate economic ramifications of the lockdown orders.  There are also the psychological impacts from the loss of basic rights, freedoms, and liberty.

The American psyche, like the American economy, will not quickly recover as lockdown orders are lifted.  Something sinister has happened.  Though it has happened before.

Van Bryan, writing at Classical Wisdom, recently brought the following shrewd insight of Roman emperor, Marcus Aurelius, to our attention.  From book IX of his Meditations

“An infected mind is a far more dangerous pestilence than any plague.  One only threatens your life.  The other destroys your character.”

There’s mounting evidence the American character is being destroyed by an infected mind.  While some Americans have been rightly irate by the government’s lockdown orders, there are others that love it.  They love forced hunkering.  Moreover, they love the prospect of free money.