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    Social Distancing

    Are you starting to go a little stare crazy yet? For many retirees, it's business as usual, but for younger people and workers, the lack of places to go and diminshed activity are starting to weigh on the mind. There's only so much social media interaction, physical ativity and binge tv watching one can do.

    The bad news is, it's gets worse, the good news is, you start to eventually adjust - somewhat.


    Social distancing is going to get darker

    None of this should be taken to suggest that things must return to normal immediately. But we should acknowledge that there are real human costs to the shuttering of life as we knew it. These are costs that have nothing to do with GDP statistics or the prices of stocks. Man is a social animal, an animal who becomes himself in the society of others. We should not be even remotely surprised when, deprived of that society, of his own volition or otherwise, he starts to behave like a different sort of animal.

    Our response to this pandemic is not a vacation. It is not an adventure, a learning experience, an opportunity for improving your mind or developing new skills and hobbies, though more power to you, I suppose, if you do manage any of those things under the circumstances. It is a series of desperate measures (indeed constitutionally speaking the most desperate in modern history) undertaken, one hopes, with the utmost reluctance. In order to save the possibility of normal life in the future, we must suspend it now. We should at least do so in full knowledge of what that is likely to mean.
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    Re: Social Distancing

    I'm retired and suffering from acute cabin fever. Old people go places too.
    What we have here, is a failure to presidentiate.

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    as of 30 minutes ago my yard is in the most immaculate shape it has ever been in

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    Re: Social Distancing

    Quote Originally Posted by d0gbreath View Post
    I'm retired and suffering from acute cabin fever. Old people go places too.
    Not me, I can't afford it.

    My neighbors are going bonkers with their two little boys and dog holed up. They look utterly miserable.
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    I'm not loving it, but then I remember that my grandparents died in the concentrations camps or died fighting Hitler and I think, "Eh, you can do this, Cardinal."

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    Re: Social Distancing

    Quote Originally Posted by grip View Post
    Are you starting to go a little stare crazy yet? For many retirees, it's business as usual, but for younger people and workers, the lack of places to go and diminshed activity are starting to weigh on the mind. There's only so much social media interaction, physical ativity and binge tv watching one can do.

    The bad news is, it's gets worse, the good news is, you start to eventually adjust - somewhat.


    Social distancing is going to get darker

    None of this should be taken to suggest that things must return to normal immediately. But we should acknowledge that there are real human costs to the shuttering of life as we knew it. These are costs that have nothing to do with GDP statistics or the prices of stocks. Man is a social animal, an animal who becomes himself in the society of others. We should not be even remotely surprised when, deprived of that society, of his own volition or otherwise, he starts to behave like a different sort of animal.

    Our response to this pandemic is not a vacation. It is not an adventure, a learning experience, an opportunity for improving your mind or developing new skills and hobbies, though more power to you, I suppose, if you do manage any of those things under the circumstances. It is a series of desperate measures (indeed constitutionally speaking the most desperate in modern history) undertaken, one hopes, with the utmost reluctance. In order to save the possibility of normal life in the future, we must suspend it now. We should at least do so in full knowledge of what that is likely to mean.

    It’s interesting that at the time of the constitution there were many diseases that were much deadlier then covid 19 and yet the state wasn’t given the power to shut everything down by executive fiat.

    We have a very unhealthy view of death in modern society. We need more acceptance of natural death as a fact of life or else your life will be very miserable because politicians will make it so to “protect your life”
    What socialized medicine REALLY means, sometimes the mask slips!
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    Re: Social Distancing

    Quote Originally Posted by EMNofSeattle View Post
    It’s interesting that at the time of the constitution there were many diseases that were much deadlier then covid 19 and yet the state wasn’t given the power to shut everything down by executive fiat.

    We have a very unhealthy view of death in modern society. We need more acceptance of natural death as a fact of life or else your life will be very miserable because politicians will make it so to “protect your life”
    None of those diseases had the ability to overwhelm the medical system or put 2/3rds of the nation in a sickbed.
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    Re: Social Distancing

    Quote Originally Posted by EMNofSeattle View Post
    It’s interesting that at the time of the constitution there were many diseases that were much deadlier then covid 19 and yet the state wasn’t given the power to shut everything down by executive fiat.
    Even more amazing is that with the development of our knowledge base over the 250 years since then you still think at the level of knowledge people had in the late 1700s

    We have a very unhealthy view of death in modern society.
    Well nobody mandates that you live. Go lick some door knobs.
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    It does not in fact bother me that poor people exist. They are supposed to, poverty is the default state of human existence.
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    Remember Mashmont's predictions, people. Only 10,400 deaths, max. Only 130,000 COVID cases, max. This wouldn't make a garden variety flu season. Can you say hoax?

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    Re: Social Distancing

    Quote Originally Posted by grip View Post
    None of those diseases had the ability to overwhelm the medical system or put 2/3rds of the nation in a sickbed.
    There was no organized medical system to overwhelm. Hence this cannot be an argument. I refuse to accept as an argument we need to restrict every right because a private party or group of private parties over whom I have no control didnt buy enough stuff.

    Philosophically speaking you have no right to medical care at all.

    2/3 of the nation will not go on sick bed. That is mathematically impossible
    What socialized medicine REALLY means, sometimes the mask slips!
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    Quote Originally Posted by prometeus View Post
    Even more amazing is that with the development of our knowledge base over the 250 years since then you still think at the level of knowledge people had in the late 1700s

    Well nobody mandates that you live. Go lick some door knobs.
    The growth of scientific knowledge does not change philosophical principles.

    I’m sure in the time I’m not licking door knobs you’ve probably touched one and then your face like a thousand times which is exactly the same
    What socialized medicine REALLY means, sometimes the mask slips!
    Quote Originally Posted by Atheist 2020 View Post
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