We spent hours outside today. Tomorrow we are going out trick-or-treating with a bunch of other families. Save for masks, our lives are back to normal. Restaurants, museums, nature walks, picnics, gyms, work, shopping, cafes, outings with friends.
In the meantime, there are people – I know some – who have been out of their houses fewer than 10 times since March. They sit at home, and they never see other people except on a screen. Their sensory deprivation is intense. They are energetically depleted. They no longer have their own impressions of the world to check against what the screens tell them about the world.
You take people like these, people who are already damaged, and subject them to a few hours of abusive programming by CNN and that’s it, there’s no bringing them out of such an entrenched neurosis.
And that programming truly is abusive. They are exploiting people who are already not OK. Of course, the more you scare them, the longer they stay inside, the more they watch, the higher your profits. It’s very sad.