UK rapper Zuby’s epiphany entitled, “20 Things I’ve Learned About Humanity During the Pandemic,” went viral almost faster than Omicron. How do I know? Because I received it from friends nearly every few minutes in just one day.
It’s definitely worth a read as each point adeptly focuses on humanity’s frailties, especially our many hypocrisies and today’s almost neurotic obsession for the need to gain social approval. In short, it’s a very sad but laser sharp diagnosis of who we are as a fractured species.
It’s unbelievable that it took a pandemic to reveal the heart and tendency of humanity which has called attention to just how far we’re able to sink when fear becomes a dominant force in our lives.
His list begins by stating that “most people would rather be in the majority than be right.” Oddly enough, I can still remember how cool it once was to be called a non-conformist back in the late 50s, early 60s. The Greenwich Village beatniks, who dressed funny and created their own unique musical sound, were considered edgy and magnetic. What made them that way? Ironically, it was their choice to distance themselves from “the majority,” and follow the beat of a different drummer. Today, it’s no longer considered “hip” to not be one of the herd who grazes from the same pasture and spits out the same cud.
The memo has been circulated that there is safety in numbers and that those who stray from the preferred dogma represent cult-like figures who traffic in conspiracy theory and ask too many forbidden questions.
In 2022, it is not recommended that you think for yourself or reject mass conformity, because, for one thing, you may find it very lonely and threatening to go out on the limb of any particular opinion which differs from the crowd.
Yet, COVID enabled that kind of silent compliance as someone else stepped up to do our thinking for us. How? Because so many of us became afraid, and we learned that fear has the ability to supersede rational thought, normal behavior and calm consideration. The fear factor will actually usher in certain conditions which then can easily facilitate population control, clearing the way for Zuby’s #10 learned lesson to take place. “When sufficiently frightened, most people will not only accept authoritarianism, but demand it.”
This seems shocking, because it means that the element of fear is able to collapse freedom-loving individuals and turn them into freaked out weaklings who freeze in the face of terror and are reduced to paralyzed souls who wait dutifully for orders.
Regrettably, there is no shortage of unprincipled abusers who are all too ready to pounce on cowering humans which is, largely, what we have witnessed over the last two years. The “20% population, which has strong authoritarian tendencies,” per Zuby’s #2 learned lesson, predictably emerged from the wings in order to take full advantage of a bad situation and make it worse, simply because the “right conditions” had been created for their control to be instituted.
Not everyone put up a struggle against the control, though, because, as Zuby points out in #14, “a significant percentage of people thoroughly enjoy being subjugated.” This definitely explains why some people who, for years, staunchly fought for a woman’s right to choose, as it concerns abortion, ended up totally supporting vaccine mandates for all, leaving no room for opting out in order to exercise bodily autonomy. Suddenly, personal freedoms and choice were no longer relevant and easily relinquished. The defense of robust democracy flew out the window as “modern people became complacent, lacking vigilance when it came to defending their own freedoms from government overreach” – #19 on Zuby’s list.
Perhaps, it’s that “lack of vigilance” which facilitated #20, “It’s easier to fool a person than to convince them they have been fooled.” Vigilance entails being on the lookout for warning signs, impending danger and threats which are aimed in your direction. However, in order to recognize such perils, one must be able to comprehend the value of what stands to be lost.
Apparently our Creator thought that there is almost nothing greater than personal freedom; otherwise we would have been programmed like robots to think only one way.
Free will actually attests to the fact that without the ability to independently “choose” love, loyalty or undying commitment to a person or ideal, renders those attributes worthless. They must come from the heart and not from the press of a button which is the direction in which humanity is being led – blindly following what you’re told to do.
Zuby’s list ends with a bonus thought which states, “most people are fairly compassionate and have good intentions. As a result, most people deeply struggle to understand that some people, including our leaders CAN have malicious or perverse intentions.”
Surprisingly, this is not a new concept as the Creator, thoroughly intimate with His creation, stated through the prophet Jeremiah, “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked; who can know it? (Jer. 17: 9, 10)
So here’s the conundrum – free will and the right to choose require a healthy dose of discernment, wisdom and proper evaluation in order to guard our greatest asset. By memorializing these 20 points, Zuby has reminded us that we are on the edge of a precipice – a very steep place from where danger lies if we fall headlong into its depths.
We would be wise to internalize each of his points to see how much emphasis we have placed on the very values which evil players are so intent on taking from us by force. It is that use of force, by the way, which should alert us to just how precious these G-d given treasures are.
You may not have heard about Zuby until this article, but, from where I sit, we all owe him a debt of gratitude for reminding us to cherish what sets us apart from artificial intelligence which lacks a soul and was not created in the image of the Almighty. That’s the difference, and it’s worth holding onto for dear life!