Lost in a Masquerade

Do you ever wake up in the morning singing a song from your past for no apparent reason?  Mine today was This Masquerade, written by Leon Russell and recorded by George Benson on his 1976 album Breezin’.

I looked up the lyrics to see if there are meant to guide me in some direction.  The first verse is:

Are we really happy here with this lonely game we play?
Looking for words to say
Searching but not finding understanding anywhere
We’re lost in a masquerade.

Interesting.  The strange events of this year certainly have us all playing a lonely game.  I don’t think any of us are really happy about it.   I do have some words to say about it.  I hope they will help with our shared understanding of what is going on.

I do believe we are lost in a masquerade.  Not the social gathering of people wearing masks definition, though many are.  The masquerade I’m talking about is how we have been led to radically change our way of life under false pretenses.

Specifically, we have been continuously and constantly misled into believing that we need to take extraordinary and unprecedented measures to defeat an extremely deadly virus.  Even now that the facts can be known, those perpetrating and perpetuating the deadly pandemic narrative persist.  They have successfully created fear and panic.  Why would they stop when they have our undivided attention and willful compliance?

Who is they and why would they intentionally deceive us?  I have many theories, but it really doesn’t matter.  What does matter is that we understand the facts, recognize the manipulation, and take steps to make it stop.  If we don’t we are complicit in allowing this prolonged, unwarranted, unnecessary, and harmful charade to continue.

Of course the biggest obstacle we face in ending this nonsense is convincing a sufficient number of people that they have been duped.  For as the Nazi’s and Russian KGB discovered long ago, if you bombard subjects with fear messages nonstop for a few months, they are completely brainwashed to believe the false message.  After this, no amount of facts to the contrary will ever change their minds.  It worked well for the Pharisees and Sadducees too as I recall.

By the way I may sound angry as you read this.  I am!  I am tired of the ongoing deception. I’ve grown weary of thinking and writing about it too.  I thought that facts, logic, and reason would have prevailed by now.  But no such luck.  I don’t feel very saintly in my anger. But then again, Saint Thomas Aquinas once said:

“He who is not angry when there is just cause for anger is immoral.  Why?  Because anger looks to the good of justice.  And if you can live amid injustice without anger, you are immoral as well as unjust.”

I believe we have been suffering great injustices through the unjust and unnecessary measures taken to supposedly keep us safe from a supposedly deadly virus.  Maybe they were warranted in the beginning when we knew little.  But it quickly became evident to anyone who was carefully paying attention to reality that we had severely overreacted.

Why am I so convinced we have been deceived?  I go where the facts lead, all the way to the undisputed truth if possible.  I’ll lay the facts out for you here so you can do the same.  If you have been following the mainstream media closely you will have a difficult time accepting what I will share with you.  All I can do is refer you to what has become one of my favorite quotes due to its ongoing relevance:

“The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable.”  President James A. Garfield

Let’s start with a summary of the facts to put things in context.  I’ve attempted to make them simple.  Unfortunately the true story has become very complex and difficult to find.  I do know you won’t hear this on TV.  Here goes…

This is Not the Deadly Killer Disease We Have Been Led to Believe

  • The original projection for deaths from covid-19 in the U.S. was 2.2 million.  Overstated by at least a factor of ten.
  • The current death toll reported by the CDC is over 200,000.  That figure is inflated and misleading for the following reasons:
    • The rules for reporting on death certificates was changed in March 2020.  Physicians were instructed to list covid-19 as a cause of death even if it was only assumed to have contributed.  No test is necessary, no follow-up confirmation will take place, and Medicare reimbursement was increased by 20% for covid cases. So why not assume?
    • The CDC recently stated that only 6% of the fatalities have been from the virus.  The other 94% died with (or assumed with) the virus. Their main cause of death was actually from other serious pre-existing health conditions, co-morbidities as they are called.
    • If the 40 to 60 thousand seasonal flu deaths in the past had been incentivized and counted in this way, they would have been in the hundreds of thousands annually as well.
  • The infection fatality rate (IFR), the estimated number of infected people who will die from the virus is 0.26%.  Inversely that means there is a 99.74% survival rate if you have been infected.
  • The IFR varies by age group ranging from 0.003% for those ages 0-19, 0.02% for those 20-49, 0.5% for 50-69 year olds, and 5.4% for those aged 70 and over.
  • To put this in context, if you catch the virus and are under age 70 with no serious pre-existing health issues, your chances of dying are somewhere between being struck by lightning or killed in an automobile accident.
  • Only those over age 70 and/or those with serious underlying medical conditions are at risk of dying if they become infected.  Yet even they have a 95% survival rate.
  • What about all the cases piling up?  So what?  Cases only indicate infection, not illness.  Severity of illness, not infection is what matters.  Oh, and the tests are not covid-19 specific in case you didn’t know.  The tests being used only determine if your body has recently been fighting a virus of some kind.  Plus they have been shown to be highly unreliable.
  • In terms of disease severity, over 90% of those infected show no, or only mild signs of illness.
  • And one last time, there is a 99.74% survival rate if you are infected; nearly 100% if you are healthy.

In summary, covid-19 is a virus that makes some people sick, proves fatal to a few, and does nothing to the rest.  Just like most of the other viruses the world has ever experienced.  So why all the panic this time?  Was the cure worse than the disease?  Yes, absolutely, yet is still goes on.

Does Jesus Live in Sweden?

Throughout this “crisis” I have often wondered what Jesus would be saying if He were here with us in body again. Matthew 8:26 comes to mind:

He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?” Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm.

Well the country of Sweden must have been listening.  While nearly all other nations were terrified and instituted lockdowns and other extreme and unprecedented measures, Sweden did what they have always done, what we all used to do.  They trusted that our God given immune system would battle and adapt to this new virus as it has done since the beginning of time.  They imposed no lockdowns, no business closures, no forced social distancing, and no mandatory masks policies. 

And guess what happened?  Their results are similar to the rest of the world.  The Johns Hopkins University covid-19 website reports that Sweden has suffered 575 covid deaths per million residents.  The USA, on the other hand, has experienced 600 deaths per million.  Doing nothing worked better than doing something.  It appears the virus is going to do what the virus is going to do, regardless of what we do to try to stop it.

I don’t know much about Sweden.  I don’t know if a faith in God had anything to do with their decision.  But I am impressed that they stuck with their approach after the rest of the world scolded them about it from the beginning.  Even now many try to explain away their results, probably from the sheer embarrassment.  We should be thanking and praising them.  Now we know what we should have done, and what we should do now.

I am embarrassed for us.  Especially since we are a predominantly Christian nation.  Where was our faith?  Where is it now?  When will we get it back?  Or are we just afraid to stand up and be counted?  Why have we allowed lies and fear to prevail?  Where is our desire to seek, find, and live the truth with courage?

I have an idea for t-shirt in mind.  It reads, “Got Faith?  Prove It!” on the front.  The back would say:

I gave you an immune system, trust it.

I gave you a brain, use it.

I gave you a face, show it.

I gave you freedom, protect it.

I gave you a soul, save it.

How do we save our souls?  Belief, right?  Can we really say we believe if we allow our fear of death to overcome our trust in God?  If we truly believe, why do we even fear death in the first place?  Shouldn’t we instead be looking forward to spending an eternity in heaven?

How Do We End This Masquerade?

As Smokey Bear says, “Only you can prevent wildfires.” Well we sure have a wildfire burning.  Not the virus, but the consequences of our reaction to it.  I hope by now you understand that the virus really isn’t as deadly as we were led to believe.  No more so than others we have experienced in the past.  Now let’s understand all the self-imposed harm we have done by believing that it is.

Since I’ve already given you more statistics than you probably want, I’ll just list all the unintended consequences here for brevity.  Here are the conditions that have gotten much worse over the course of this year:  unemployment, poverty, homelessness, food insecurity, anxiety, depression, addiction, abuse, suicide, stroke, diabetes, dementia, domestic violence, child abuse, and on and on it goes.

Even the World Health Organization which has been stoking the fear now admits that “Lockdowns just have one consequence that you must never, ever belittle, and that is making poor people an awful lot poorer.  It seems that we may well have a doubling of world poverty by next year. We may well have at least a doubling of child malnutrition.”

What truly infuriates me about all of this is that the most vulnerable in our society have been impacted the most, while those in power have suffered little, if at all.  I wonder what would be done differently if those making decisions were in peril of losing their livelihoods?

So how do we extinguish this wildfire of unnecessary fear and useless safety measures?  Only you can.  Only we can.  Only each of us armed with the truth can.  We must act on what we now know.  We must end our willing compliance to doing things that don’t matter.  Sweden has proven that none of it matters.  The results will be the same no matter what we do.  Let’s get back to normal.  The media likes to tell us to get comfortable with a “new normal.”  Reject that!  Do you really want to live with undue fear the rest of your life?  Do you want that for your children and grandchildren?

I have heard so many well-intentioned people stating that they want to “be part of the solution, not part of the problem.”  They thought they were doing the virtuous thing.  Armed with the facts, they are not any more.  Going along to get along is the problem.  But they are now so wedded to their earlier position it will be difficult for them to change.  But some of us must.  If we don’t we can expect to live this way for the rest of our lives for no good reason.  Is that what you want?  I sure don’t!

It is up to us to share and live the truth.  We are complicit in the lies if we do not.  And I can think of no faster way to turn things around than to stop wearing masks.  As I wrote about way back in May, they do nothing to protect me from you, or you from me.  If you still don’t believe me, please read the actual scientific studies linked below.  In addition, there are now studies being revealed that show wearing masks is actually harmful.  Please read them too and help end this mask-erade!

Here is the single biggest and most harmful lie I have heard recently.  The CDC Director told a Senate committee that “face masks are the single most important public health safety tool we have to combat the virus.”  He further stated that “there is clear scientific evidence of this fact.”

I searched far and wide, for an entire day, and found absolutely no credible scientific evidence to support his claim, not even on the CDC website. But there is a study on their site (linked below) that summarily disproves his statement.  Additionally, they also just issued a report that shows that of those recently infected, 85% had been wearing a mask always or often.  Enough said.

So why would he double-down on this ongoing deception?  Well first, he knows he will never be called on the lie from the mainstream media.  In fact, they have been increasingly censoring and smearing those bold enough to tell the truth.  But mainly I think it is because fooling people into continuing to wear masks is the easiest way to keep the panic narrative going.  It is genius really. Masks are a constant visual reinforcement of the fear narrative, and they make people feel good about themselves at the same time.

Here’s why I am increasingly angry.  We are negatively impacting the lives of virtually everyone in the country on false pretenses.  All we really need to be doing is protecting those at high risk, the elderly and the unhealthy.  Those in charge know this too.  Either they don’t want to admit their mistakes, or they have some other agenda for continuing to make us miserable.  Hey leaders, how about you actually start caring about people instead of spending so much time trying to look like you care!

What we need to do is get back to living as God intended.  Adopt a healthy lifestyle.  Healthy living is the best way forward as it always has been.  Protect and care for those in need.  Trust God and each other.  Believe that everything will work out for the best.  God has a plan.  Maybe we needed to go through this as a wake-up call to get back to Him.  I hope we will!

In closing please remember these simple truths:

  • God gave us a unique face; we should show it.
  • He gave us a mind to think and reason; we should use it.
  • He gave us our freedom: we should protect it.
  • He gave us an amazingly engineered immune system; we should trust it.
  • He gave us other people to live in community with; we should do so freely.
  • He gave us the promise of eternal life if we believe; we should show Him that we do.

Be Courageous, Scott

Masks Don’t Work: A Review of Science Relevant to COVID-19 Social Policy

Do Facemasks Protect Against COVID‐19?

Face Masks Pose Serious Risks To The Healthy

Mask Whistleblowers Tell All

CDC – Nonpharmaceutical Measures for Pandemic Influenza in Nonhealthcare Settings—Personal Protective and Environmental Measures

CDC Study Finds Overwhelming Majority Of People Getting Coronavirus Wore Masks

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