COTW from DanHessinMD:
The Coronavirus panic to me is nothing less that the breakdown of society, and it stems from a lack of religious faith. Religion is fundamentally how civilizations and civilized people faced the horror of mortality and other uncertainty with success.
All of the panic superspreaders from Bill Gates to the Silicon Valley techbros to big media are people without belief in God who have no coping mechanism for any death or disaster. Whether belief in God and afterlife are perfect models is beside the point. That was the software that we (individually and as a civilization) needed to cope.
The combative righteousness will repulse some. That’s understandable. Personally, I appreciate candor even when I’m not in agreement with it.
That said, is Dan onto something regarding religiosity and attitudes towards coronavirus? None of the polling I’ve seen has broken down attitudes towards coronavirus and the societal response by religious affiliation or theistic orientation.
Pastors have been arrested. Even high profile leftists have felt compelled to call religious Jews out for their perceived insouciance. From an irreligious point of view, there is no reason people should be able to gather at church if they can’t get together at a restaurant or a movie theater. For the pious, though, these activities are not of equal import. When your spiritual ancestors were fed to lions and hung on crosses for the faith, chancing the 0.1% risk of illness isn’t much of a psychological hurdle to get over.
As we’ve seen previously, Republicans and conservatives express less worry and anxiety about coronavirus than Democrats and liberals do. Notable exceptions on my intellectual radar with regards to the former are all people of the secular right–Razib Khan, Gregory Cochran, Stefan Molyneux, Future Pundit, and fellow UR bloggers Anatoly Karlin and Steve Sailer, along with Ron Unz himself. Are re-openers on the left more religiously inclined than those who want the shutdown to continue?