A study by KeltonGlobal and published by Study Finds has revealed that almost three-quarters of Americans say they will reach a “breaking point” if they are still in quarantine by June.
As each individual state charts its own course out of the coronavirus pandemic, Americans all over the country are growing more and more impatient. When will we all be able to patronize a restaurant again? Enjoy a night out at the movies? It’s impossible to say exactly when these restrictions will be lifted, but according to a new survey, one thing is definitely clear: Americans aren’t going to be able to bear this lockdown much longer.
In all, 1,895 U.S. citizens over the age of 18 were surveyed earlier this month, and 72% said they expect to reach a “breaking point” by mid-June if stay-at-home orders aren’t lifted. In fact, 100% of respondents said they would snap if this all lasts for longer than six months. The survey was conducted between April 3rd and 6th, and at that time, 16% said they had already hit their breaking point, with that number rising to 25% within the next two weeks. That would indicate that one in four Americans have likely reached wits’ end by now.
Broken down by gender, 20% of surveyed women had already reached their breaking point at the time of the survey, and 12% of surveyed men said the same. Half of women felt they’ll hit rock bottom within four weeks of the survey, and 76% in two months. (source)
It is true that a lot of people are upset. They want life to get back to “normal”.
However, the fact is that which is “normal” is no more. The changes happening now should have began a decade ago, but the fact remains that it was delayed without changing the fundamentals. In a sense, the past is catching up to us right now. When this is combined with political exploitation and socio-economic engineering, it can take something bad and make it much worse.
The virus is very contagious. Many variants have been identified, but little is known about them. Many are not deadly, but a few are. To say that “well, most are not deadly so I will be OK” is akin to putting one bullet into a revolver with five chambers and say “well, four chambers are empty, so if I put it against my head and pull the trigger I should be fine.”
Pandemics happen. They are not fun, but they are also not historically anomalous.
It may take two years for this to pass. If that is the case, then so be it. Two years of economic disruptions is better than death in a very gruesome way. Yet men have been engineered to dependence and apathy, and as such it results in idleness and complaining about things which they should not complain about.
The economy is not falling apart because of the virus. It is falling apart because the economy is in terrible condition and has been for a long time and nobody has done anything about it save to perpetuate the conditions that caused it to fall apart. The crisis was manufactured, partially for malicious reasons, and partially because people people wanted to be lazy and take short-term gains at a long-term loss. The virus just forcible exposed the rot that was already present but which nobody wanted to talk about because the public preferred the illusion of security to security itself.
Things are going to get a lot worse. Expect rates of unemployment over 30% and higher. Think southern Europe as the future of a lot of America, or perhaps, what happened and continues to persist in Russia.
But now is not the time to complain about what is happening. Rather, it is the time to work and get ready for things to get significantly worse in the future.