A few days ago, on June 14th, 2021, the Washington Post published an article talking about "The maddening persistence of ‘hygiene theater’", due to this corona-virus experience we have been going through. I had to laugh because I have been telling myself for a few weeks now that my father is going to be washing his bananas for the rest of his life.
Yes, that is "hygiene theater" - still washing your bananas at this point. Or, as the Washington Post explained: "At an ice cream shop in Rockville, Md., gloved servers scoop the frozen treat into cups, but a sign taped to the front window says “No cones: Covid.”
All nonsense but I understand why it happened. As BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) science editor, Ben Spencer remarked on March 28th, 2021, governments went into "overdrive" with their advice about covid-19 and surfaces.
So, too late now, even if the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) says that: "the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection via the fomite transmission route is low, and generally less than 1 in 10,000, which means that each contact with a contaminated surface has less than a 1 in 10,000 chance of causing an infection", people have been freaked-out already and they're far beyond logical.
"Months after it became clear that surface contact is not a significant transmitter of the virus, Danny Pearlstein wonders why cleaning crews are still disinfecting New York City subway cars", writes Mark Fisher, of the Washington Post. Why? Because humans are not rational, or logical. Because humans indulge in fear. Because humans like to deceive themselves. Remember how they started checking our shoes at airports after 9/11? Was that a needed security check? No. It was all part of the "security theater" at that time.
Here is a short passage from an interview I watched about three months ago, talking about "useful delusions" ("Hidden Brain Host on "Useful Delusions" and Why We Lie to Ourselves Every Day):
"Anxiety I think is a wonderful example. And ask yourself what would happen, if we truly took-in, everything about the world that makes us anxious? Now, if we really processed everything about the world that has the potential to make us anxious, the next result might be, that we end-up feeling overwhelmed. We are so scared that we cannot function properly and so, our brains are in some ways designed to pay attention to things that are threats. Not to ignore them because that would not be functional but also in some ways to take-in those threats, in a way that is actually manageable ... I know just for myself at every step of this pandemic I imagined that liberation was one month away."
So, basically we cannot handle the truth. I guess Tom Cruise was right and many people cannot handle life as it is so, they make-up ideas, beliefs, habits; they invent superstitions, anything to get them over that fear hump.
What does that say about our lives though? If one has to make-up lies for themselves, in order to be able to go on with their life then, we are on the wrong path I would say because there is no lasting foundation in delusions.There is no healthy spring-board, from which we can leap forward, if we sit in deception. From deception we only get lost more. Deception is a form of confusion. Not to say that deception is never useful. It is, in brief moments but when we base many of our ideas and habits in deception then, we do not really understand what life is all about. We just make-up stories with no real relevance and thus, misguide ourselves and others.
Chase the truth, always the truth ... even if it isn't pretty. At least, we can say we've been honest that way.
All the best to everyone!
Hidden Brain Host on "Useful Delusions" and Why We Lie to Ourselves Every Day | Amanpour and Company
Mr. Happy (author) from Toronto, Canada on June 18, 2021:
Thank You for the visit and comment, Mr. Hansen. Stay safe and don't forget to wash your bananas lol jk
John Hansen from Queensland Australia on June 17, 2021:
Very interesting, and yes, so true. I think they sanitise everything just to make them feel better and they can say, “We took all the possible precautions” even though it is quite laughable. Thanks for sharing.
Mr. Happy (author) from Toronto, Canada on June 17, 2021:
Yes, they still wipe the shopping carts at grocery stores here too and offer hand sanitizer as You walk in. It's like we're pretending to do something, haha!! So frustrating this pretending, haha!!
Thanks for the read, Mr. Bill. Cheers!
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 17, 2021:
It is very true, my friend. It's amazing to me how many retail establishments still wipe everything clean before using it...like a shopping cart at the grocery store, or door handles. Really? I know I'm going to die; that's a given; but it won't be because I touched an unwashed door handle. lol
Have a brilliantly-happy weekend!