At the beginning of this (or, if there's another wave or new problem or something), I wasn't that bothered by the quarantine orders and forced shutdowns.
It would be better if it was freely chosen, like "dangerous out there" so people naturally choose to stay home.
But since we have governments telling us what to do, our behavior has kind of gotten used to that and responds to it.
In the absence of government force, there would be an evolution of p2p social norms that would guide us in those ways. There would be some other mechanism.
So since government force is what we have, if it's enough of an emergency then I don't have a big problem with them issuing the shutdowns.
When exactly "it's safe" is murky. But it's funny how there are these people on edge about the possibility that the government might allow activities to resume.
They have it so backwards. Lifting quarantine is really the soft, cushioned, not possibly super bad thing to do. Because people will still assess the risk for themselves, and you get a decentralized decision.
The biggest point -- kind of the only point -- to the quarantine is really just so that healthcare resources and infrastructure doesn't get overrun.
Other than that, there's no catastrophic downside to people having a yoga class and deciding for themselves if the risks are worth it. It isn't a risk to anyone not willing to expose themselves to it, and everyone else can watch and learn.
At some point a decentralized re-opening really is the way it should happen anyways. If we all sit at home and wait wait wait-- and then they say GO! ..well now it's riskier, to do it all at once.
So if you're waiting for that perfect, 100% "okay no more danger now"-- that won't ever come, and that's actually a dangerous way to look at it.
If you wait until that point, you waited too long.
When people take some cracks at it at their own pace, you get a more gradual discovery, and less chance of causing a big unexpected spike.
So the way people worry...
Like as though wanting to go back out there is the craziest most reckless thing ever.
DON'T DO THAT! DON'T U THINK ABOUT OTHERS??
Ya I do, do you?
It's not like we're talking about breaking into homes and encroaching on people who don't want contact. They can still play it safe. To the contrary, people who badly want to resume their activities but can't are adversely affected by your quarantine order.
I mean it dovetails nicely with in general how they don't like to work and imagine things are just handed to them rather than produced by real people doing things..
But also I think it's their jealousy.
Most of us would see someone opening their hair salon, and even if we thought it was unnecessarily risky, we'd shrug and say good luck. But when you're driven by envy, seeing other people resume activities makes you feel like you're missing something if you don't do it too.
Woe is them if other people are living their life and they're cooped up at home.
So I think that's why it feels totally dangerous to them. Other people doing it gets interpreted as they need to do it too. Or really that everyone needs to do it.
Dangerous herd mentality, all-at-once mindset.. and they project and imagine the decentralized way being the reckless thing.