[LMB] OT: Governor’s Orders

WILLIAM A WENRICH wawenri at msn.com
Tue Nov 17 14:21:51 GMT 2020

On of the problems with peer pressure is the amount of pressure people seem entitled to apply. Although I’m sure such cases are extremely rare, I have seen videos of people beaten bloody by groups for not wearing a mask.
These flash mobs are driven by (to me) irrational levels of fear. The odds of a single asymptomatic person (if there were a group, they probably wouldn’t be attacked) having the virus Is what, 1 in 100 or 1 in 1,000, higher? For symptomatic people getting tests it seems to usually run 5% positive or 1 in 20. If a person has recovered, the chance of getting COVID-19 from them is zero. The people have been told that a person without a mask is trying to kill them.
I wear a mask outside my property when I’m around other people. This is for politeness and to defend myself against attack.

Christian, husband, father, granddaddy, son, American. Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me.
William A Wenrich
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Subject: Re: [LMB] OT: Governor’s Orders

There are two ways a society will follow instructions such as the COVID-19 orders.

1.  The orders are enforced by the government.
2.  The orders are enforced by peer pressure.

Obviously there are stages in between these.

Some societies find it easy to follow authority.   Some fight it.   And it doesn’t matter that much whether those orders are beneficial or not.
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