I would like to talk to you about the current state of society in everyday life. It has probably not gone unnoticed that, since the reintroduction of the mouth masks, the atmosphere has usually become a bit grim again. We humans are naturally social beings who need contact. That contact varies from a friendly pat on the head to a warm embrace. From profound conversation to superficial small talk. All these forms of social interaction are essential to keep us humans somewhat happy and functioning. Today we have to do a lot more work to meet this almost basic necessity of life. Where we used to be able to enjoy bingo or hang out at the bar until the wee hours, we now have to make do with, for example, digital "zoom" meetings to maintain our social contacts. For example, for physical church services and/or other gatherings, we often have to register if this is possible at all. In the other case, we can watch our meetings or church services online via a live stream. A lot has changed in our way of communicating and most likely not in the favorable sense of the word. Because our way of social interaction is an extremely complex system. To achieve a minimal sense of togetherness, we need more than video calling. We should be able to look each other in the eye, pat each other on the back or simply shake hands. We are only able to understand each other properly when we can read the other's facial expressions. The intonation of the voice combined with the expression in someone's face often let us know what state of mind the other is in so that we in turn can anticipate that. Seeing facial expressions is therefore of great importance to shape our complicated way of communicating. And how tragic it is then to see how much we are now limited in that in every possible way imaginable.
In addition to the aforementioned restrictions regarding meetings, entertainment options and such matters, we are often hindered in other ways. For example, nowadays we are often prevented from doing something spontaneously because we are always faced with strange rules such as displaying QR codes or pre-registering, registering, booking or any other form of announcement. The spontaneity of having a nice fork outside is often no longer there. This is a great lack in our daily life and has all kinds of bad consequences around the mutual relationships that we try to maintain and unfortunately it does not stop there. Furthermore, our mental and physical well-being is also seriously undermined by the restriction on doing physical exercise activities such as performing sports through the imposition of often demotivating rules. We also often get satisfaction from carrying out various activities and leisure activities together, ranging from book clubs, choirs and sports clubs to undertaking simple activities such as going shopping together. Where we used to go to the city for an afternoon to find just that one highly coveted item for which the opinion and advice of our group is often decisive, we are now often condemned to go to the store alone. That is, if we are already allowed to enter the store in question, because that could also become a debatable point in the near future. But apart from that, when we've already reached the store of choice, we often don't even get the chance to browse in peace or take the time to try on a piece of clothing. Now we are required to stick to walking routes and get outside again as soon as possible. Or in extreme cases, such as last winter, one can only enter the store by appointment, in which one was only given a limited time frame to make his or her purchase. All in all, it hasn't gotten any cozier and we don't have to count on any improvement for the time being. In fact, the infamous R has been in the month for a while now, resulting in the usual annual sluggishness. The inclement weather in the “R” season has been notorious for centuries as a trigger for sneezing, coughing, coughing and so on. Nothing we can't handle, although policy makers disagree wholeheartedly. The people who are supposedly experts and who have to advise Rutte's outgoing gang in all their wisdom are already screaming bloody murder. With this they are actively supported by their media vassals and the majority run after it again. This phenomenon is also starting to become an annual predictable fact, so in the coming weeks I will hold my breath for which toolbox full of draconian "measures" will be used.
If I had to speculate, I could sketch a decent list of possible scenarios. None of the possible emergency packages are desirable let alone useful, but are above all created to cover up the total incompetence of the cabinet and parliament. At least I hope it's stupidity because the alternative could just be malice and that's downright scary. Left or right, there is no question that the policy only has adverse effects. In addition to the many negative medical consequences, the effect is also extremely disastrous for the social aspects I touched on earlier in this article and it continues. I was away from home for the past week and didn't pay any attention to news items. Once I was back and I turned on the computer, I came to the conclusion that mass unrest had apparently broken out, resulting in serious riots. You could of course wait for that, but it does indicate that things are on edge, even among the civilians themselves, things are becoming quite hostile. The divide and rule aspect has been elevated to an art form by policy makers worldwide and is now visibly bearing fruit. Where you only got crooked faces last season when not complying with mouth caps madness, today there is a chance to be lynched. And that means that we currently have to choose between two evils, with on the one hand a whole laundry list of health problems caused by mouth masks or tons of hatred and envy experienced by your fellow citizens who apparently do not value their health. For me the choice is easy and I don't care about angry looks but some people feel more and more intimidated and I completely understand that. Many people experience extra stress on a daily basis because of the fear of being beaten by Boas when they accidentally sneeze or cough in public. All that fear of Grapperhaus are thugs and or a horde of fierce fellow citizens, in turn, undermines health even more. Stress is deadly in the right amounts and to arm yourself against all these mental and physical attacks you need to be strong and in the short term maybe even stronger.
When the government decides to push through the extremely polarizing 2G policy, there is the possibility that the flames will explode. Apart from the sickening exclusion that will hinder many people, there is a good chance that the dichotomy in society will be further reinforced. This week I saw a report about the dystopian situation in Austria. When you use this video You will soon get a good idea of what might be ahead of us. Without going into too much detail about the video, I would like to emphasize that the Austrian mentality is downright reprehensible. In Austria, about 65% is currently vaccinated, which is a huge difference with, for example, the Netherlands with its 84% vaccinated. Yet a large part of Austria's poised population is completely indifferent to their criminal government policies. They are completely blind to the harmful consequences and in fact, the average Austrian is fully behind the extreme exclusion and incarceration policy and some even think that the current lockdown is still far too mild for unvaccinated! Absurd isn't it? The Austrian intellectuals are also well on their way, showing their true nefarious nature. Austria has historically been a debatable duck in the bite more than once, but one would expect that by now we would have learned from history. Not so, not there, but not here either. Maurice de Hond has this beautiful column written in which he also points out that he has serious objections in principle to the exclusion of people through a 2G policy. He also cites his own family history and how his parents once had to experience exclusion. The column really says it all and I hope everyone can absorb the content before it's too late.
For now, all we need to expect are cold disapproving looks for the time being. And the good citizens leave their tips about neighbors who do not adhere to the measures for a while. Just some stupid comments from law-abiding ignorant nitwits on the street and no flaming torches and pitchforks in the front yard yet. Overzealous clickers have always been around, but for now they are fairly harmless because they are still outnumbered and probably have too little motivation to go through all the trouble of betraying fellow citizens. As long as there are still too few financial incentives in the form of rewards, things will in most cases not go so smoothly. At least not yet because history teaches us again that people can be terrible creatures who are easily capable of terrible things if they wait for a small tip. In last month's Common Sense, Pieter Stuurman had written an interesting article about the total lack of moral awareness among the vast majority of the population. Norms and values are apparently not as prevalent as I had hoped. But luckily it's not just dull misery. Every now and then it happens that you encounter another unmasked face and that immediately creates a bond. A friendly smile in combination with mutual recognition and approval means that there is also a lot of fraternization. And I also had a very pleasant experience during my trip last week. For example, I was on a treasure hunt in a thrift shop / army dump in the north of the country and there I found a small piece of hope in addition to beautiful things. The young man who managed the store at that time was not only excellently dressed with a beautiful hat, but also a real freedom fighter. Texts were pasted all around the counter that showed that this entrepreneur has the same thoughts about the current state of affairs and is therefore openly moving forward. In order to prevent possible police raids or the like, I will remain vague, but I would like to say something to the entrepreneur in question in the hope that he may read this article.
Thank you very much for your beautiful shop in which I was so pleasantly surprised by your brilliant stickers on the till and good hat. I would love to visit you more often and expand my personal collection with your great items. Thank you very much and keep it up!
Greetings Anne (the also hat-wearing blonde who asked you if you could report something about the French military Red Cross bag.)