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Human beings have a remarkable capacity to adapt. So do their social systems. That is a good thing, up to a point. But, just like the metaphoric frog that remains in a gradually warming pond until it dies from the heat, too much adaptation can be a killer.
Societies do grow callous to circumstances over time, accepting as tolerable that which should be unthinkable.
Consider the out-of-control homeless situation tolerated in San Francisco, one of the most affluent cities in the world…before COVID-19.
Or the approximately 90 deaths a day that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates are the cost of using motor vehicles.
Or the estimated 100 deaths a day that result from allowing a powerful guns and ammunition industry to sell to the general public.
Or the 1300 premature American deaths a day that are the “cost of doing business” for a legal tobacco industry.
Could 1000 daily COVID deaths become yet another tolerated “cost of doing business”?