The Age of Stupid, Irrational Fear

Why is this beach in Bali almost empty? This recent picture was taken at Legian Beach, normally crowded during the peak of the tourist season.

Is it because COVID is such a danger in Indonesia? No, a relatively tiny number of people have died of COVID in Indonesia, far fewer than die in car accidents, from heart disease, cancer, or any number of causes.

Is it because the Indonesian government is exercising reasonable prudence based on sound scientific evidence? No.

It’s because the world has gone mad, and fear overwhelms every rational thought, and every other consideration.

This time in history will not be known as the time that COVID reigned; it will be known as the time that people around the world panicked and inflicted “cures” that were far worse than the disease.