We have been virtually under house arrest since December.
We are not supposed to travel more than 5Km for some arbitrary reason. The pubs are shut now for a whole year. We are allowed only a handful of people to attend at a wedding or a funeral. We have to wear face nappies in shops or any place where there is a number of people. We can’t hug or shake hands with anyone we may meet. No one is allowed in our gardens and certainly not in our homes. People are openly afraid of strangers and will give them a wide berth without apology. Shops and cafés are going bust at a fierce rate.
Yet somehow, for some inexplicable reason hundreds of thousands of kids are allowed go to school. Each child is presumably a potential carrier from home so it’s the equivalent to hundreds of thousands of families all mingling on a daily basis. This is somehow different from inviting even one neighbour in for coffee? If there is any logic there at all, it escapes me.
Why? How is it that the majority of people seem to accept this as normal? Are people so brainwashed that they now think that six months of social chaos is fine?
My fear is that the relentless propaganda that blares at us from the radio, television, newspapers and even the side of the road has beaten people into a new normality. It is now normal to avoid people. It is normal to wear face nappies all the time. It is normal to avoid visiting friends and relations. People actually want the restrictions to remain in place as it makes them “feel safe”. People will accept anything to avoid getting ill.
It is normal to fear.
God help us.