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Coronavirus and the killing of
critical thinking

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Posted By: Maryland_Patriot, 4/7/2020 2:42:14 PM

Sickness due to the coronavirus is real. Death — at least some — due to the coronavirus is real. But how much is real versus how much is a best guess? Unfortunately, we don’t know. Even more unfortunately, we can’t even ask without facing a barrage of criticism from a variety of camps. History may very well show that the biggest casualty of the coronavirus outbreak may not be the body count, but rather the ability of a population to think critically, to analyze rationally, to arrive at conclusions based on fact and logic, not wildly fearful emotions.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Vaquero45 4/7/2020 2:48:51 PM (No. 371772)
As The Fonz would say, "exactamundo!"
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Reply 2 - Posted by: davew 4/7/2020 3:02:19 PM (No. 371790)
I'm hoping that the debacle in getting medical supplies, unemployment checks, and other resources requiring management skills at the state and local level will finally open the eyes of the blue state citizenry to the fact that elections have consequences. Democrat governors and mayors have been talking a good line about how they really "care" about their people but their utter incompetence at executing their duties coupled with the predictable blaming of everyone at the Federal level for the suffering they are causing should be a huge wake up call to their voters. Don't hold your breath.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: seamusm 4/7/2020 3:35:11 PM (No. 371814)
Like this began recently? With our entire educational system and media dedicated to not just undermining thinking for oneself but encouraging the ordinary person to reacting emotionally as,programmed to whatsoever could 'panic' - what else could be the result?
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Reply 4 - Posted by: dst4life 4/7/2020 4:48:44 PM (No. 371869)
Thanks, Cheryl, for a great article. Things are going to get even more surreal. A Walmart worker has died, and the family is suing for wrongful death. Will the healthcare workers who get coronavirus and die be afforded the same luxury as the family of the Walmart worker? As a nurse, I took an oath to care for patients and be ethical, but I didnt sign up to die as a result of delivering care, even though that could happen. Now as a healthcare provider in the armed services, things are different. Servicemembers execute their duty knowing they could die from doing so. So things could get weird if there are a bunch of lawsuits. If we continue to see this as a war, then everyone in the "line of fire" of the coronavirus is a veteran. Oh, I sense things could get really weird.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: jeffkinnh 4/7/2020 5:24:04 PM (No. 371900)
I have no problem with people being allowed to make their own decisions. I also believe that they must the consequences of those decisions. When a pastor throws aside all reason and holds services flying in the face of a real threat, what might be the consequences? If a third of the people get sick, are we willing to say "Tough luck. You made a choice to expose yourself to this." and let them suffer and die without assistance? I doubt it. Plus, how many people will they spread the disease to that never went to the church gathering. Those people would be innocent victims of people who made independent but foolish decisions. When it comes to public health issues, governments have always been given broad powers beyond normal legal measures because EVERYONE is threatened. This is far beyond issues of political philosophy and individual freedoms. When the price for "thinking" wrong is sickness and death for many not involved with the original wrong thinking, YOUR choice to think that way comes at too high a cost.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: red1066 4/7/2020 5:34:16 PM (No. 371913)
I've been called out by plenty of people because all I've done since this started, is question the over reaction by everyone, and questioning the modeling that has caused everyone to panic. Precautions are one thing. Putting millions of people and businesses out of work is another.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: MDConservative 4/7/2020 5:41:00 PM (No. 371921)
Hysteria trumps facts every time. It destroys the chance to make rational decisions. Any facts contrary to the hysteria are dismissed. Americans have already failed the test here. They have suspended freedom in the land of the free on experts with models based on specious data, many with questionable motives, from political to profit to overcautiousness. Millions were supposed to die...they haven’t and won’t. Why not? Well, those predicting viral Armageddon will take credit, as will those in self-quarantine, and every politician and media star. It certainly will not be that the disease and it’s attributes were overestimated. No, the heroes of self-quarantine flattened the curve. And forevermore unquestioning compliance will be the expected response to any “national emergency”. That’s not how our Constitution works.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: anniebc 4/7/2020 7:45:31 PM (No. 372036)
People die from something they catch from other people every day. The stats don't show this virus to be any different than anything else. What is different is the reaction that is not justified statistically. Lives are being destroyed or heavily impacted by the reaction to this virus, and this hasn't happened in the past. We are right to think critically and ask questions about what we're told. Things being done to restrict the spread of this disease, in many cases, don't make sense. Most of the restrictions have questionable, at best, impact on restricting the spread of the disease. They simply don't make sense. It doesn't help when people say this disease is worse than any others we've had recently. That's just not true, and the facts don't bare out that statement. No one can tell me I'm wrong to question this.
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