That’s a good point. We each have multiple sides to ourselves, so it’s not as though an arrogant person acts with equal arrogance in all situations and in every moment of the day. Perhaps the medical community gave good, nonpolitical advice in earlier pandemics which was ignored.

However, Bill Maher points out that the vague talk of “underlying conditions” masks the factor of obesity, which could explain the higher death rate in the US. Yet the medical experts were silent about laying blame on that front, even though if obese people tried to lose weight in that year of lockdowns, they might have been in better shape. Obviously, calling out obesity would have been politically incorrect, so the silence was a political act, not a responsible medical judgment.

In any case, what you’re really getting at is a larger problem. It’s the modern globalized, cosmopolitan lifestyle that causes these pandemics. To prevent them, we’d have to wear masks and do social distancing on a permanent basis, but that would be wildly unpopular. So why aren’t the medical experts speaking out against the infantile nature of our go-go lifestyle? Again, that silence is a political act, not a professional medical judgment. Doctors love big-city life too, and they haven’t been constantly wearing masks and standing three feet apart from everyone.

Knowledge condemns. Art redeems. I learned that as an artistic writer who did a doctorate in philosophy. We should try to see the dark comedy in all things.

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