Et tu, Japan?

Naomi Osaka, who represents Japan, served as the final Olympic torchbearer for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, lighting the Olympic flame during the opening ceremony.

However, before I am an athlete, I am a black woman. And as a black woman, I feel as though there are much more important matters at hand that need immediate attention, rather than watching me play tennis. [Naomi Osaka (August 2020), Twitter]

Zero Tolerance

The idea of zero tolerance is also informed by risk aversion. It represents an attempt to abolish, administratively, the risks associated with the expression of an unwelcome idea or belief. Of course, in one sense, tolerance is risky. Once conventional restraints on belief, opinion and speech are removed it becomes difficult to predict the future course of public life. The freedom to speak and to pursue knowledge has a habit of going off in unexpected directions. [Frank Furedi (2018), How Fear Works: Culture of Fear in the Twenty-First Century]

20 Things I’ve Learned About Humanity During The Covid-19 Pandemic

By ZUBBY

    1. Most people would rather be in the majority, than be right.
    2. At least 20% of the population has strong authoritarian tendencies, which will emerge under the right conditions.
    3. Fear of death is only rivaled by the fear of social disapproval. The latter could be stronger.
    4. Propaganda is just as effective in the modern day as it was 100 years ago. Access to limitless information has not made the average person any wiser.
    5. Anything and everything can and will be politicized by the media, government, and those who trust them.
    6. Many politicians and large corporations will gladly sacrifice human lives if it is conducive to their political and financial aspirations.
    7. Most people believe the government acts in the best interests of the people. Even many who are vocal critics of the government.
    8. Once they have made up their mind, most people would rather to commit to being wrong, than admit they were wrong.
    9. Humans can be trained and conditioned quickly and relatively easily to significantly alter their behaviors – for better or worse.
    10. When sufficiently frightened, most people will not only accept authoritarianism, but demand it.
    11. People who are dismissed as ‘conspiracy theorists’ are often well researched and simply ahead of the mainstream narrative.
    12. Most people value safety and security more than freedom and liberty, even if ‘safety’ is merely an illusion.
    13. Hedonistic adaptation occurs in both directions, and once inertia sets in, it is difficult to get people back to the previous normal.
    14. A significant percentage of people thoroughly enjoy being subjugated.
    15. ‘The Science’ has evolved into a secular pseudo-religion for millions of people in the West. This religion has little to do with science itself.
    16. Most people care more about looking like they are doing the right thing, rather than actually doing the right thing.
    17. Politics, the media, science, and the healthcare industries are all corrupt, to varying degrees. Scientists and doctors can be bought as easily as politicians.
    18. If you make people comfortable enough, they will not revolt. You can keep millions docile as you strip their rights, by giving them money, food, and entertainment.
    19. People are overly complacent and lack vigilance when it comes to defending their own freedoms from government overreach.
    20. It’s easier to fool a person than to convince them that they have been fooled.
    21. (Bonus thought) Most people are fairly compassionate and have good intentions, which is good. As a result, most people deeply struggle to understand that some people, including our ‘leaders’, can have malicious or perverse intentions.