By Mary O’Brien, M.D.
What is guiding your life right now? Is it notions and emotions fueled by the media? Is it political correctness and group-think? Is it fear of ridicule, criticism, or worse? What we do, what we avoid, and what we fear speak volumes. Malevolent forces are at work in our culture, and the whole goal is control.
Sadly, far too many people in health care have become passive, dutiful sheep. “I’m just doing what they tell me to do” has become a veritable mantra. Nurses, doctors, dentists, and pharmacists who should be capable of independent thought and logic now lower their gaze and comply with idiocy. It’s embarrassing.
This week (in August 2020), the CDC (Center for Disease Control), in usual fashion, issued a statement contradicting previous communications: Patients without symptoms do not need to be tested. Anyone with modest medical knowledge and a three-digit IQ should realize that. Asymptomatic people, with rare exceptions, are not the problem.
Once again, we don’t have people line up in cars to be tested for flu, strep throat, tuberculosis, mono, or hepatitis because they feel like it. We have wasted an obscene amount of money, time, and effort on unnecessary and often unreliable testing. Ah, but it makes us feel as if we’re doing something, and it fuels the fear and paranoia. Clearly, fear and paranoia make control so much easier. What could be better? Put on your mask and spray some Lysol — if you can find any.
There is no clear evidence anywhere in the world that lockdowns mitigate anything. Viral epidemics run their course regardless of the interventions. Many people in politics, education, and even health care have trouble with that reality.
We didn’t shut down the country during World War I and the Spanish Flu epidemic. We didn’t shut down business, travel, and education because of tuberculosis, yellow fever, whooping cough, polio, or the Hong Kong flu of 1969. But back then, we didn’t have ignorant, malicious people pushing an agenda on cable TV and the internet. We weren’t suffocated by pretentious bureaucrats issuing irrational edicts. Sensible people would have laughed at such nonsense.
When a brand new illness develops, there are no “experts.” Guidelines will never take the place of facts, logic, and common sense. Notions and emotions will never solve problems or save lives. Group think and political correctness will never spark creativity or innovation.
We need to stop the passive, dutiful sheep routine. The choices we make out of fear are almost always wrong. Remember, the whole goal is control. Just say no to the nonsense.