… is from page 193 of Gregg Easterbrook’s 2004 book, The Progress Paradox:
Studies of rats show that, once they learn a fear, chemical pathways form in the brain that allow them to learn additional fears more quickly in the future. Essentially, stress and phobias can snowball, gathering up more of themselves and acquiring a momentum of their own…. [A]s headline-amplified anxieties swirl around us, all of the men and women of the world may be growing really proficient at learning to worry about things.
DBx: The above likely helps to explain humanity’s overreaction to covid. And let’s not forget that the stoking of fear by governments and the media only made this sinister snowball roll faster. There is hidden danger in seemingly innocuous precautions justified as being taken “out of an abundance of caution.”