… is from page 141 of Thomas Sowell’s important 1995 book, The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy:
To say that particular dangers on one end of a spectrum are intolerable, either absolutely or beyond some specified risk level, is to say that alternative dangers on the other end of the spectrum are acceptable in whatever open-ended ways they work out.
And this insight, of course, is timeless. Covid Derangement Syndrome is the affliction of being so single-mindedly obsessed with avoiding exposure to SARS-CoV-2 that any resulting increase in exposure to any other health hazard, or to any other downside more generally, is ignored or irrationally discounted.
Covid Derangement Syndrome is a truly horrendous disease.