“The tone is exactly the same as in the mainstream. Hateful, mocking, derisive.” That is what someone said to me about the comments sections of various outspoken Covid dissidents. I have noticed it too. Each side differently identifies right and wrong, good and evil, fact and nonsense, ignorance and reason, but the basic social dynamic within each opinion tribe is the same. This makes me sad, because the whole Covid policy disaster—along with other tragedies of the collective human experience—is rooted in precisely that social dynamic: dehumanization and othering.
For years, normality has been stretched nearly to its breaking point, a rope pulled tighter and tighter, waiting for a nip of the black swan’s beak to snap it in two. Now that the rope has snapped, do we tie its ends back together, or shall we undo its dangling braids still further, to see what we might weave from them?