15.'The Science' has evolved into a secular pseudo-religion for millions of people in the West. This religion has little to do with science itself.

16.Most people care more about looking like they are doing the right thing, rather than actually doing the right thing.

17.Politics, the media, science, and the healthcare industries are all corrupt, to varying degrees. Scientists and doctors can be bought as easily as politicians.

18.If you make people comfortable enough, they will not revolt. You can keep millions docile as you strip their rights, by giving them money, food, and entertainment.

19.Modern people are overly complacent and lack vigilance when it comes to defending their own freedoms from government overreach.

20.It's easier to fool a person than to convince them that they have been fooled.

Bonus thought:

21. Most people are fairly compassionate and have good intentions (this is good)

As a result, most people deeply struggle to understand that some people, including our 'leaders', CAN have malicious or perverse intentions (this is bad).

Funny man Mel Brooks coined the greatest horror movie tagline of all time —‘Be afraid. Be very afraid’, which is why it’s perfect for the pantomime our political masters are putting on to frighten us into doing as we are told. Our heroine New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian took centre stage this week to tell us ‘this was the scariest time since the pandemic started’ as she announced that residents of all of Sydney and its surrounds would be locked in their rooms for a fortnight to protect us from Deadly Delta, the latest Covid variant of concern, the scariest scariant of them all.

On cue, all the other premiers rushed to lock down their states, like children playing a game of ‘Statues’. The last one to lock down is presumably a rotten egg. Shoppers eagerly played their part, stripping supermarket shelves of every scrap of toilet paper. Constable Plod dutifully pursued three people who flew a private plane from plague-stricken NSW to a karaoke bar in outback Coober Pedy in South Australia, arresting them while they were singing the Queen anthem, ‘I Want to Break Free’. The only other sign of resistance was online where people shared memes such as ‘Beware a third strain of propaganda and a new wave of bullsh*t.’

Delta dominance over its Covid competitors seems like something to celebrate, for anyone with a modicum of maths. A study published this week by Public Health England looked at the 82,458 people who caught the now dominant Delta since 1 February, of whom 29,612 were fully or partially vaccinated. The vast majority (52,846) were under 50 and 98 per cent of them were unvaccinated but only 6, or 0.01 per cent, died. That’s ten times less than the mortality rate for the flu, 0.1 per cent in an average year.