I was recently having a conversation with my father about what corona restrictions are doing to our societies. We were disputing the loss of freedoms. My father said that if it's in the benefit of others, wearing a mask should be mandatory and should not be seen as a loss of freedom. I countered that the mask is just a very small part of what everyone has been forced to do. The mask is not important to me, but I can understand how it has become a symbol of resistance to the restrictions imposed by corona. The barbarian in me would have liked to stand on the streets outside of Premier Rutte's tower office during his most recent lockdown speech with a pan and a spoon, screaming out my rage and frustration. The cultured rationalist in me doesn't allow my barbarian side to do that. But, my rationalist understands and sympathises with my barbarian side.
Here are the things that I do not agree with, of which I will go into detail here.
1. The younger generation(s) are suffering severe hindrances in their development. In short, we are sacrificing the generations that will need to function as our leaders in 30 years time in order to protect or "save" a generation that will likely be dead in 10 years time.
2. We are losing social cohesion. Every part of humanity that is actually worth saving is being cut off, while many parts of humanity that are detrimental to our health is thriving. Of course, the big exception is the fact that the environment benefits greatly from our lack of movement. The arts, a vital sector for the mental and social well-being of society, has been almost literally suffocated. Even simple social activities such as family gatherings have been banned or restricted as much as possible.
3. We are not solving the problems of overpopulation, which is the greatest factor in global warming, pollution, and overconsumption, in this way. In fact, we are exacerbating them by increasing poverty (which goes hand in hand with high birth rates). Lockdowns have already caused a baby boom.
4. Our function as human beings has been brought down to consumption. This goes hand in hand with number two above. Because all social cohesion and culture has been reduced to the bare minimum, our collective feeling of self-worth has been eliminated. Depression and anxiety rules as we feel that our worth is only determined by consumption. Our homes has become our prisons.