And that's why in the foreseeable future it'll be all autonomous vehicles - humans are simply incapable of driving vehicles safely with the all distraction ous these days (e.g, texting/talking, drowsiness, road rage, etc.). I woukd know - a couple of years on the way from a race I was T-boned by a idiot who blew the red light while texting. First accident in 40 yrs of driving! Pretty significant injuries that with permanent and problematic for running.
I think as a whole this would of been handled a lot better. You have to figure everyone older than 50 lived through the Spanish flu, WW1 and or WW2. Sure WW1 and the Spanish flu were before 1920 but everyone over 50 in 1977 felt hardships from those events. They lived through the depression also. Social distancing for them would have been nothing. They'd of just done what was required and dealt with it.
If you’re implying that somehow your generation would be more willing to social distance than millennials or other younger generations I’m going to call BS on that. Went for a run today and there were tons of older people (I’m 30), often in groups, going for walks, runs, bike rides, etc.
I'm not implying my generation at all. I'm talking about my grandparents generation or close to it. People born between 1910-1925. They would of been between 52 and 67 years of age in 1977. That group of Americans would of not have had a big issue with what is going on today. They'd of just stayed at home. I doubt you seen any of them today because so few are left. You might have seen older baby boomers.
I still don’t know if I agree with that. I would actually assume the exact opposite. A generation that lived through various more deadly diseases, fought the Nazis and stared down the Soviets (and the constant threat of nuclear war with those Soviets) would probably not be cowering like a bunch of emasculated sheep in their homes because they have (currently) a .000003 % chance of getting a virus and dying from it.
lol Who said cowering? Doing what needs to be done is not cowering.
You’re right. At least cowering is usually harmless to everyone but the coward. What many are proposing (stop the economy for 1-6 months) is actually harmful to millions. It’s being a harmful coward. You say “you’re doing what needs to be done” I assume you mean staying home so the virus doesn’t spread and thus causing a Depression.
However, if this is your argument, why not ban the use of cars? Cars cause 35,000 deaths every year and we know for a fact despite taking safety precautions tens of thousands will continue to die every year because of cars. If members of the “Greatest Generation” had a vehicle they were willingly ignoring this well known fact because the convinence of having a car outweighed the trade of off thousands of people dying every year. Maybe not the same amount of people died every year due to car crashes in the 50s as today but many people did die due to vehicles even in the 40s and 50s.
Now let’s fast forward to today. If you’re telling me the ”greatest generation” was unwilling to give up their vehicles year in and year out knowing vehicles caused thousands of deaths every year what makes you think they would plunge themselves into a Great Depression and make many of them destitute because they had a .00003 % chance of dying from a virus. I say the chance of them doing that is very slim, as it should be.
That being said, the government doesn't "freak out" at the increasing number of MV accidents shutting down the economy. The government does implement daconian "stay at home" orders because of MV accidents. The government doesn't blow up the economy because they want to "flatten the curve" of rising MV accidents.
Shutting down the world's best economy and forcing people to "stay at home" for a virus that's infecting .00004% of the U.S. population is asinine! Shutting down businesses and putting tens of millions out of work for a,virus where 83% of the infected experience mild or no symptoms is about as stupid as it gets!