THE AMERICAN COVIDIOT

BY Vincent Lyn

I’ve traveled and lived all of the world and I’ve never seen the level of idiocy that is rampant across the U.S anywhere else in the world. If there’s ever a time that it’s brought out the American COVIDIOT has been during the current pandemic.

I like so many Americans are truly stunned by it all. I have family members who are on the front lines day in and day out trying to save lives, and to think people who continue to deny COVID-19 exists and won’t abide by simple laid out rules to protect themselves and the lives of others is truly lamentable.

If you’ve been keeping up with the news, you’ve been hearing stories like this. A nurse talks, bewildered, desperate, about people in the COVID — ICU. Who are gasping for breath. Plenty of whom go on to die. And as they’re oxygenated and ventilated and intubated, in rage, in fury, they lash out…going right on…denying COVID exists.

What the hell? How do they deny the existence of COVID, while you’re on your possible deathbed in the COVID — ICU? This is, unfortunately, tragically, grimly, the phenomenon that I call the American COVIDIOT. The entire world knows by now. Sane Americans shake their heads at such people. But the rest of the world is genuinely staggered, jaw-dropped, banging their heads against the table. How do people even end up like this? So amazingly, well, idiotic? Why does America seem to breed this special kind of person, the American IDIOT?

I use the word ‘IDIOT’ in its original form from the Greek definition (or at least Ancient Greek). Apathy is one of the key ingredients to being an idiot (based on the original definition, from the word IDIOS, meaning self, as in the world revolves around you and you don’t care about the well-being of others.) Although most people think everyone in “the other party” is an idiot, that is not entirely true. However, if they make decisions without fact checking, the Ancient Greeks would have considered them Idiots.

A “complete idiot” is one who does not care, and most importantly, does not spend the time to research. It’s easy. Simply put any politicians name in front of the word “lies” and Google it. 20–30% is actual normal. 50% or higher it’s time to replace them. There is so much political propaganda out there that the key to research is proper analysis. Just as they say a little learning is a dangerous thing, a little research is also dangerous.

For one, your own cognitive dissonance may reject the facts. If you find yourself saying things like, “His/her opponent is worse” or “That’s not what my favorite TV personality / news person says” or “Yes, but ____(filling in the blank with excuses),” then you just might be an Idiot. Strange but true. As they say not to operate heavy machinery when drunk, don’t vote when you are an Ignorant Idiot (redundancy added for impact).

Think about the COVIDIOTS for just a moment There they are, in the ICU, gasping for breath…raging at a poor nurse…screaming at her that COVID doesn’t exist. That’s an idiot. It’s someone whose self-interest is so extreme they can’t even admit the possibility that a lethal pandemic exists, because the whole world centers around them.

Personally, it makes my blood boil and the fact that many Americans simply won’t wear a face mask. It’s one thing you don’t care about your own life but that you don’t care about your own family or your neighbor and fellow human beings. Then you should be the first to sacrifice your parents and grandparents.

Are you feeling me here? Where does this all lead? With the U.S. heading into the abyss and most who’ve been following my articles since the start of this pandemic know I’ve been calling this from day one. Yes, no doubt we are all suffering from ‘COVID-19 Fatigue’. We all want to get on with our lives. I want to start my regular international travel, play concerts and begin filming. But if we don’t all come together and unite on a national effort to combat getting this pandemic to zero. Then we continually will be in and out of lockdowns. Simply flattening the curve is not enough anymore we have to be rid of it once and for all. Just like what was done in New Zealand and Taiwan. And who knows, it’s very possible that we might have to simply live with this as a new norm just like the common flu. With each year taking a vaccine or like many will risk it and take it as it comes. And to be fair regarding the current vaccines to be released there has been no clear and concise data, we also don’t know how long it will last, we don’t know if there will be any evasion of the vaccine by the virus (mutation), and lastly, we don’t know if there will be any long-term safety complications.

It didn’t have to be this way not one bit but sadly so many American COVIDIOTS lack the discipline, wherewithal and care little for anybody except themselves. The Greeks were right There is no greater curse for a society than a surplus of idiots, and no greater danger to it than it crossing a threshold of enough idiots. They do lead a nation to ruin, by way of indifference, fatalism, nihilism, selfishness, stupidity, brutality, and violence. They are unable to exercise the basic virtues of goodness, truth, compassion, wisdom, kindness, and concern.

GOD HELP US

Vincent Lyn

CEO/Founder at We Can Save Children

Director of Creative Development at African Views Organization

Economic & Social Council at United Nations

Middle East Correspondent at Wall Street News Agency

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CEO-We Can Save Children. Director Creative Development-African Views Organization, ECOSOC at United Nations. International Human Rights Commission (IHRC)

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Vincent Lyn

Vincent Lyn

CEO-We Can Save Children. Director Creative Development-African Views Organization, ECOSOC at United Nations. International Human Rights Commission (IHRC)

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