Norway has become the latest country to drop ALL Covid restrictions (see Daily Mail article here), joining an increasing number of other countries. Norway will have no vaccine mandates, no vaccine passports, no masks, no social distancing. Large venues, concerts, parties, sporting events are all allowed, no restrictions on public places or gatherings of any kind.
The interesting thing about this is that they don’t give high vaccination rates for their decision. Nor do they believe the pandemic is over. In fact, this month (September) saw the largest spike in Covid cases in Norway. According to Kim Iversen of the Hill, the reason for lifting the restrictions isn’t what you would expect:
“The Norweigan government didn’t cite high vaccination rates or even having the virus under control as justification for returning to life as normal. Instead, the Prime Minister said the lifting of restrictions is due to fatigue in the public of constantly changing restriction and the lack of normalcy in their daily lives. She cautions that the virus is still with the world, so take personal responsibility.”
What they’ve done is changed their whole mindset about the Covid pandemic. Here’s the Iversen video:
Singapore is following suit, lifting all restrictions, even though they also have had a high rate of infections, hospitalizations, and death.
Here’s the conclusions these countries have come to:
- It’s impossible to erradicate the virus so they are just letting it circulate. They’re not attempting to get rid of it anymore. They’ve come to terms with that fact and have moved on.
- The focus is now on hospitalizations and death rates, not infections. They are sending a message that the young and healthy are not at high risk. Live a normal life. When you catch Covid, stay home. Singapore is giving booster doses to their most vulnerable people.
- Vaccines do not stop the spread of Covid, but it will lessen the severity in most cases (so will having natural antibodies from having been infected with Covid).
All these countries are saying, “We will live with Covid.” It will just become another respiratory virus that’s part of our lives now. So, moving on means that Covid joins the long list of viruses that we have deal with year after year (like the Spanish Flu, an H1N1 influenza virus, that’s been with us since 1918).
Why is this pandemic paradigm shift so important? Because, as the Academy of Ideas says in their video (below), being obsessed about safety creates sick minds and a sick society, which is worse in many way than the pandemic itself.
For instance, demonizing the unvaccinated and blaming them for the spread of Covid is not a healthy message for a society, as our current administration has done. Especially, since we now know that vaccinations don’t make Covid go away.
The problem is, Western society has become increasingly obsessed with safety and removing risk which is not only mentally unhealthy, it’s dangerous. The follow quote is from the video:
“Young people are socialized to feel fragile and overawed by uncertainty [and as a result]…the defining feature of the current Western 21st century version of personhood is its vulnerability. Although society still upholds the ideal of self-determination and autonomy, the values associated with them are increasingly overridden by a message that stresses the quality of human weakness. And if vulnerability is, indeed, the defining feature of the human condition, it follows that being fearful is the normal state…” (Frank Furedi, “How Fear Works”)
And when you create a situation where a society lives in fear, you create an environment ripe for tyranny and totalitarianism. The fact that Covid has become so politicized in the U.S. makes one wonder if this is not the intent. Here’s Furedi again…
“Relieving people of the burdon of freedom in order to make them feel safe is a recurring theme in the history of authoritarianism” (“How Fear Works”)
As said in the following video clip, the best recipe for health and a good life is living with a little danger. The alternative is to stagnate in the confines of an ever-shrinking comfort zone, to regress in body and mind, and to fall victim to anxiety disorders, depression, or other diseases of despair.
It’s time to shift our thinking about this pandemic, stop living in fear, and get on with our lives. As I said in my post, “How to resist tyranny,” living a normal life under the current conditions is one of the most subversive things you can do! And it’s probably the best thing for your mental health too.