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27 Oct 2021The Millennial
Two more weeks to flatten the curve, a phrase we all heard so much when
this all began. Yet, two more weeks have turned into forever now. Those
of us who are somewhat impartial or not completely partial to one side
have seen how the pandemic has transformed beyond just a virus and
One thing that has caught me off guard is how defensive, emotional and
passionate one side has become during this pandemic. I’ll acknowledge
that both sides on the extreme are a bit off. One side thinks that there
are microchips in the vaccines so Bill Gates can track you but
thankfully, most of society can joke about these people and consider
them extreme. The word they use, broadly, is “conspiracy theorists”.
What I want to bring my attention to are the extremists on the other
side who are actually celebrated by mainstream western society.
The pro-vaxxers, pro-maskers, the people celebrating mandates, those
looking to take rights away from the unvaccinated, and everyone taking
this hero mindset in their heads. We all know these people in our lives,
if you live in a big city, they are the majority. If you go on sites
like reddit, they are the most prominent and celebrated. Yet, one thing
has caught me off guard, which is just how emotional these people get
over COVID. I just had to know why and I wasn’t buying it because of
them being “good people” or even them being scared.
While I will acknowledge the dangers of the pandemic and the virus
itself along with the damage it has done, we do have to keep the facts
in mind. People who are usually older or have other health problems are
the ones most at risk. We can blame the way media has portrayed it in
pushing the fear behind it but even the CDC says that those at highest
risk are 50 and older. Yet, a large sizable number of younger people
(college aged, 20s, and 30s) have become the COVID police to the world.
You see them, condemning the unvaccinated at every turn. You read from
them on reddit, trying to act self-righteous because they are on their
booster shots now. You see them telling the world to mask up and dissing
the unvaccinated. You see them celebrating mandates and being so happy
when people are denied service due to not having a card. Best part yet?
You see them cheering when the original heroes of COVID (you know, the
nurses who were on the frontline of this whole thing) are fired due to
not being vaccinated. Isn’t it hilarious? The same people who sat at
home and could work from home somehow get the guts to feel more like
heroes than, well, the actual heroes.
But why, why are these people so emotional and passionate all of a sudden?
As a Millennial, usually my generation would get passionate about racial
injustice, women’s rights, equality, and stopping animal cruelty. Yet,
somehow, the pandemic has thrown all of that out of the window and
changed the social justice game for who knows how long. Now, it’s more
forgivable to be a hateful bigot than to be unvaccinated. As you have
seen in NYC, even as racial tensions get worse, incidents which would
have gathered sympathy for a group heavily discriminated against now
prioritize vaccination status over race.
How did this happen? How did the same group of people who were marching
for there being Justice for George Floyd somehow put aside their worries
for racism and now prioritizing vaccination status? Could it be because
of wanting to get back to normal? What is going on here exactly?
I won’t get into the political aspect of it too much as that is not my
focus. The reality is, those years in Manhattan and occasionally
spending weekends in Brooklyn put me in their world. A lot of these
people preach about being accepting, tolerant, worldly, and act morally
superior only to be around everyone exactly like them and look down on
anyone different. Majority of them grow up in nice suburban environments
and live a relatively easy life. Most go off to your typical top tier
universities (not exactly Ivies), party their asses off, treat college
like a high school popularity contest, and bring that mindset into the
big cities. I also throw in the older Karens into this mix as well and
most groups who have been militantly pro-vaxx, cheering for military
servicemen and people losing their jobs over this.
Obviously, they will listen to most mainstream news stories and look at
what is the most self-righteous and morally superior stance they can
take in accordance to that. If someone has been discriminated against?
Time to protest! If some country has gone through a tough time? Time to
show my awareness on social media and to show everyone I care. I call it
the self-righteous clout, it is currency in the world of these people.
We all know these types, you won’t just find them in Williamsburg. You
just have to go on reddit and you can see them on full display in most
Now these people have never been held accountable for their claims, they
could just shift the blame on the redneck in Alabama.
Here is the problem, others were catching on and these people knew it.
Talking about how prejudice towards someone who is of a discriminated
against group is one thing, actually going to a neighborhood where that
group is the majority is something else. The morally self-righteous
don’t do that unless they are going to gentrify those neighborhoods.
Overtime, it is tough to convince the world that you give a fuck about
discrimination, prejudice, and racism when your clique is mostly people
who are very similar to you. In speaking to a number of black and
Hispanic Americans from inner city neighborhoods, a lot of them saw
through this. The Amy Cooper incident showed how it was starting to crack.
In other words, this self-righteous mask of theirs was living on
borrowed time. The facade of moral superiority was starting to fade away
and it was tough to keep up that act. Moral superiority and clout are
what their entire lifeline runs on, it is the most important thing to
them along with the perception of being seen as the caring good guys of
society while the other side are inconsiderate heroes.
Then came the vaccines.
The vaccine which is supposed to cure COVID-19 or at least minimize its
symptoms cured more than just a physical virus for the self-righteous.
What the vaccine did was throw these people a lifeline and allowed them
to play a new game of moral superiority that was easier, for the time
being, than other games of self-righteousness. All you have to do is
take the jab and it is like having your cake and eating it too.
Hang out with your friends who are exactly like you, preach about how
morally superior you are, find a side to vilify (the unvaccinated for
now), and make yourself the hero of American society. Never mind the
fact the nurses who were on the front lines of this when it was at its
peak while you were “working from home” are losing their jobs, you’re
way more of a hero than them. It’s all about labels, you got the label
of being a bigger hero than a Navy SEAL, firefighter, policeman, or a
nurse just because you took the vaccine and they didn’t.
In the old days, sure you could talk about being racially accepting and
tolerant but you were holding your breath over the fact that no one
called you out on your friend group being exactly like you for the most
part. Now, you could just take that jab and that would supersede
everything. Whether someone is vaccinated took precedent over their
race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and you name it. Sure, Black Lives
Matter called the mandates racist but that didn’t matter anymore.
If you are to ever bring up how wrong the mandates are to these people,
get ready to be attacked even more aggressively than having a genuinely
racist opinion. Why? Because these mandates have given the morally
self-righteous virtue signalers a lifeline of the ages. Can you imagine
if these people were to try and make themselves out to be bigger heroes
than nurses saving lives before the pandemic? We would have laughed at
them. Now? These narcissists are legitimately convinced that getting
vaccinated has made them bigger heroes than nurses and police officers
who refused the jab for personal reasons.
Why would someone with this kind of a mindset want the pandemic to ever
end? You have a group of people whose entire existence runs on a morally
self-righteous social clout of sorts which was starting to somewhat
crack for them before the pandemic. Now, there is a game of social clout
they know they can easily win by taking the jab, that’s all the
practicing of whatever they preach that they have to do. It’s a lot
easier than walking into a neighborhood where everyone is different than
you and trying to get to know them better or actually being an accepting
These people have been thrown a lifeline for the ages, this is why they
cry like children whenever someone is “unvaccinated”. This is why they
are pushing for mandate after mandate, the fact that someone with a card
can get into a restaurant and eat means that they are a “better person”
than you. You have given the morally self-righteous virtue signaling
game of theirs a structure and created a situation where they can easily
win that game for ages.
Some people have religious and personal beliefs that stop them from
taking a vaccine. For these people, the only personal belief they run on
is trying to be morally superior to everyone else. This is their golden
moment they have been hoping for their entire life, they don’t ever want
it to end. While some with other values will think twice about what they
put into their body, for these people, they will put damn near anything
in themselves to keep winning their self-righteous game of theirs.
What will come of this?
I don’t know what will really come of this as police officers and nurses
quit in droves. Places with relaxed restrictions are welcoming police
officers and nurses as well. When quality of healthcare degrades, cities
become less safe, and quality of life goes down; some may get optimistic
and think that these self-righteous types will wake up. No, I think that
they will now invade states without mandates like the locusts they are.
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