Sunday, 6 December 2020

Lockdown, Phases 1,2,3,4, Circuit-Breakers, Tiered Systems, Level 1,2,3,4

So what restrictions are we in now?

Lockdown? 

Phase 1,2,3, or 4?

A Circuit-Breaker?

A Tiered System?

Level 1,2,3 or 4? 

Take your pick, it doesn’t make a whole lot of difference really. 

They're all just buzzwords the government use to mean the same thing. 

Oh don’t you worry, the politicians will argue till the cows come home that each one of those terms is different but, well, when you’re stuck at home and can’t go out and about freely, then a lockdown, is a lockdown, is a lockdown.

So why do politicians ‘invent’ different words and terminology for the same bloody thing?

Oh that’s easy. 

It’s all about compliance.

If you tell the population to lockdown too many times, they’ll eventually get fed up and ignore your lockdown orders, it's just human nature. 

This especially holds true when you've told them that a short lockdown will cure the problem, then you extend the short lockdown to make it a longer lockdown. Then when that doesn’t cure the problem you introduce another lockdown to cure the problem your original lockdown didn't cure (while promising that this next lockdown will cure the problem). People understandably feel that if the first lockdown didn't do what you promised, then how will another one do it? And anyway, why should they ever trust anything you ever say again?

Phew!

So the politicians need to find another way to get around 'lockdown fatigue' if they want us to continue to comply with their orders.

And that's why they change the terminology. 

Politicians believe the public don’t notice when they use different words for the exact same thing. As far as politicians are concerned, the public are stupid. The public don't notice these things.

Or do they?

I see now that the politicians are bringing in 'behavioural psychologists' to advise them. They've realised that the public are not responding well to their restrictions any more and they need to find new ways to encourage the public to continue obeying their lockdown orders. Politicians are beginning to realise that the public are not quite as stupid as they first thought.

Changing terminology to manipulate the public isn’t anything new. Politicians have always twisted things around to suit their own agenda. 

Comedian George Carlin talked about the about the term ‘shell shock’ years ago. He pointed out how it was changed to ‘battle fatigue’, then it became ‘operational exhaustion’, and finally ended up as ‘post traumatic stress disorder’. Each name change removed its emotional impact and dehumanised it to the point where it just became a benign, nondescript medical term.

Take a look at the video below, it’s only a couple of minutes long.

Then let me know if you think we’re in a lockdown, a phase 1,2,3, or 4, a circuit-breaker, a tiered system, or level 1,2,3, or 4...