WILL WE EVER LEARN?
Easy answer that springs to mind: no~!
Sure, some will learn and for many that learning will be the classic ‘too little too late’. But that’s the human condition. As a species we have books and various other records that non-humans lack. But to balance, many other animals have a common-sense that we humans lack.
One hundred years ago, in 1918, a strain of H1N1 flu swept the world. It might have originated in Haskell County, Kansas, or in France or China—but soon it was everywhere. In two years, it killed as many as 100 million people—5 percent of the world’s population, and far more than the number who died in World War I. It killed not just the very young, old, and sick, but also the strong and fit …
Do I think that ‘locking me down’ is an over reaction? At first I was disturbed, being a Libertarian of sorts. But deeper into it I now cheerfully go with the flow. It took me twenty-two minutes lining up this morning just to reach the supermarket door; (where I was glared at by a battle-maiden in full regalia and then disinfected with a squirt of cold goo on my paws—before being allowed in).
I EXPECT THAT
things can never be the same again. The old order is overnight dead and we are entering a new age; hopefully one with tighter border controls applying equally to all.
I’m dreaming I may as well put in a bid for education systems that teach all people how to actually think for themselves … objectively, critically. (Which would blow politicians out of the water for a start, which probably is why we have what we have, instead.)
So no — I don’t see that we shall ever learn. It’s simply not in our nature to.
(SFX: cue Santayana’s famous line here, please. Be gentle …)