You’ll be happy to know that Robert De Niro has more sway over your family members than you do.
Robert De Niro has more influence on your family members than do you. I don’t care what your field is, Robert de Niro knows more.
Whether you are a baker, a candlestick maker, nuclear physicist, a doctor, or a molecular biologist, Robert knows more than do you.
More importantly your family members will take their cue from him.
Forget about all your years of training.
Forget about all the toil and sweat that you invested in becoming a master of your craft.
Robert De Niro knows more.
This is the consequence of our idiotic superstar culture.
You may be wondering now what I am talking about, and so I shall tell you.
As you may have already deduced from some of the columns I have written, I am a pediatrician.
I have been practicing pediatrics for over 38 years now.
It seems logical to me that I may have learned a thing or two.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic has begun, I have written more than just a few articles regarding COVID-19.
While communicating my opinions to the public at large, I have also communicated my opinions to my two sisters who, are family members, and who come from the same womb.
I do not like Dr. Fauci. I think Dr. Fauci is a devious liar who fronts for Corporate America.
Unlike the talking heads on television, I don’t need to rely on studies to justify my opinions because I am the study. I have worked in healthcare for over 3 1/2 decades. I don’t need a study in order to support what I say.
Now, you would think that this would carry some weight with my two sisters.
Let me assure you that it does not.
Just yesterday I received a group text from one of my sisters. She was talking about her grandson. She stated that she was taking care of her grandson who was sick. Then she related, in so many words, that he’d had a COVID-19 test and that it was negative. Then, in near morbid relief, she says: Thank God!
Now, I have told her numerous times that the risk of complications from COVID-19 to children is near zero.
Her grandson, who has no underlying medical problems, has a near zero chance of having any complications from COVID-19.
And yet she is acting as if her grandson had dodged a LAWS missile.
Why would my sister react this way?
Why would she think that her grandson would be in danger?
I’ll tell you why.
Robert De Niro, molecular biologist. Robert De Niro, specialist in infectious disease.
This is the consequence of the idiotic superstar culture we have built up in the United States.
Your family members who come from the same womb are more likely to believe Robert De Niro, no matter what the issue is, than you in your field of expertise.
Robert De Niro has of course, no expertise in these various areas.
What Robert De Niro knows is acting, perhaps movie direction, and the business of making movies.
Of course, I could be speaking unfairly. Who knows the true skills of this amazing man.
Maybe Robert De Niro is a molecular biologist on the side. Maybe he has been shielding this from us. Maybe he has a secret lab in the basement of one of his mansions. Maybe he, under a pseudonym, has written highly technical papers on membrane receptors.
But is it likely?
Since it is not likely, and since the majority of the people in the United States now take their understanding of COVID-19 from Robert De Niro, what are the consequences of this?
You figure it out.
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