The way we are collectively reacting to the virus is product of the “there is no God, so I will be God” mentality. People just can’t process the simple fact that the waves of the infection are determined not by human actions but by seasonality. We are cognitively incapable of acknowledging that there are parts of reality that we can’t control.
And it’s in everything, not just the COVID response.
Global warming. We need to do something!
Low math scores in schools. We need to do something!
Puberty is unpleasant. We need to do something! Of course, the “doing of something” is always moralistic.