Wrestling with Sanity in the UK

What do I think of Boris Johnson’s policy of restricting gatherings to six people?

What do I think of Operation Moonshot?

Let me begin by telling you about one of my favorite movies that I like to quote.

It’s called Barton Fink; and in this movie a screenwriter asks a studio boss a few questions about a movie that the studio boss wants written.

The studio boss looks at the screenwriter and says: It’s a wrestling movie; what do you need, a roadmap?

When I first heard that line in the movie theater, I nearly fell out of my seat laughing.

Why do we laugh at such simple lines that merely state the obvious?

I suppose we laugh because when people state the obvious to a clueless person, and we hear it, our mind must protect itself with an emotional release of pleasure (laughter); because if it didn’t, our minds would implode with anger.

So we can either get angry, or we can laugh.

Which is why we must laugh at the Prime Minister’s new restrictions on gatherings. Which is why we must laugh at Operation Moonshot.

A better name might be Operation Longshot.

Or, Operation Sureshot, because it’s sure not to work, it’s sure to be a boondoggle for corporations selling unreliable tests, and it’s sure to be another monumentally stupid idea from the government.

The name itself is beyond silly. The actual practice of it is beyond ludicrous.

I won’t even go into the testing aspect of Operation Moonshot. Let’s leave that alone for now. Plenty of other people can denounce that.

I am more concerned with the Prime Minister’s new social distancing guidelines. I find these far more dangerous.

No more than six people can congregate?

So, umm, as I understand it, to prevent psychological damage of the citizenry which a lockdown will produce, we will continue to wreck the psychological health of the citizenry by not allowing more than six people to congregate?

Is that about the size of it?

I’ve got a better idea. It’s a wrestling movie. What do you need a roadmap?

Dear Boris Johnson: look out the window to your northeast. There’s a country there called Sweden. Move your legs toward Sweden, and the body will follow. It’s not complicated. There you will find the answer.

His name is Anders Tegnell, and he will tell you all you need to know about herd immunity.

I could tell you, but I’m a commoner in your value system. I did not attend an elite school, therefore I am not worthy for you to listen to.

Actually, any commoner in the United Kingdom can tell you what to do.

Forget Operation Moonshot, and forget social distancing, which is a colossally stupid idea, and allow people to congregate.

Do what every species on the planet has done for millions of years to ensure their survival.

Or was their a Louis Pasteur for cockroaches in One Million, BC?

It’s not complicated; it’s a wrestling movie; what do you need, a roadmap?

Listen, my friend, you were elected to serve and protect the British people, not to harm them. Lockdowns, moonshots and social distancing cause severe psychological harm to human beings and to children.

Man is a social animal and as such needs to interact with other human beings. Interaction is an essential part of our existence. Human interaction is the sine qua non of our existence. Take away interaction and humanity dies.

Am I driving that point home? Humanity will die if we stifle human interaction. It’s a wrestling movie; what do you need, a roadmap?

Sincerely,

Archer Crosley, MD

McAllen, TX

Copyright 2020 Archer Crosley All Rights Reserved

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