Thank you for the detailed answer. I have a follow up if I may. Do you think it’s the narrative that has mainly been influenced by the factors you suggest? Would the health systems and authorities have reacted in the same way in the background without the Same narrative?
Thanks for your kind comments.As to your question, it is chicken or the egg. The narrative is born of the interplay of culture and science. In a culture that believes it is entitled to quick and easy answers, perfect outcomes and views science almost like a religion - i. e., that given time it must always find the answer - you got the narrative and science merely played its' part.The narrative is not something separate from its cultural context. Politics being downstream of culture, you get what is being called the narrative. Science then, for its' part, does what science does.Ask it an A+B=C question, it will provide an A+B=C answer. Thus you get the shutdown of the economy. Science says, if you want to stop a disease in a laboratory, this is what you do. The public expects an answer, so political leaders and politicians fall back on science to give themselves credibility and show the public that they met the public's expectations.CONT.
The problems are two-fold. 1) Society is not a laboratory and its people are not lab rats to be experimented on. (Thus the folly of Dr. Fauci's recommendation that we abolish the handshake forevermore. As science it may be perfectly logical. As sociology, ending a habit of social trust developed over thousands of years is apt to have very bad unintended consequences. Particularly in a society where social cohesion is already under strain.)Yet the public are not scientists - nor are the politicians. They don't know what they want and so when the negative effects of any given answer arise, they complain and blame the political leaders, who fall back on the scientists, who defend themselves by referring to the science. Round and round it goes.Long answer to short question. The authorities reacted as they did which created the narrative which was born in its cultural (and thus political) presuppositions. Suffice to say it is not really possible to parse that out other than to say, if things had been different, they would have been different. Change the culture and you change the narrative. Change the narrative and you change the conduct. The problem starts at the culture - and good luck undoing that.
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