This is from a letter to the NYT in response to the query of why some, including our leaders, are still denying the pandemic and its seriousness.
“Susan Gardner: “I am a microbiologist and believe that there are three major components of pandemic denialism.
“1. Politicization of the pandemic by the idiot sitting in the White House, his Republican lap dogs, the dangerous pundits at Fox, and misinformation disseminated by Facebook and other social media platforms.
“2. Lack of education. The dearth of people who have a basic understanding of science and how the world works in general has never been as apparent as it is now. This may be due to a number of things, including teaching for those coveted standardized test scores rather than fostering curiosity and discovery in K-12 classrooms, allowing evangelical religion to have a say in what’s taught in the classroom, and generally devaluing the importance of great teachers and a good education.
“3. The lack of ethics, empathy, and service to others.
“I am hopeful that things will change in November. However there is no magical panacea that will reverse the course of ignorance that we as a nation have been on for far too long.”
Ignorance is NOT bliss. It is flat out dangerous.