The efficiency and effectiveness of an operating procedure is not completely revealed until that way of conducting business is placed under significant stress. In business as usual scenarios, many vulnerabilities remain hidden, or are at least less noticeable, because there is not a high enough demand for exceptionalism for these flaws to be exposed. It is only when great performance is needed and is not delivered due to these inefficiencies that we can really see how a better model is needed.
The coronavirus has blessed us, albeit in a painful manner, in showing the world how some of our most imbecilic practices can come back to hurt us. The macro practice that I have in mind is virtue-signaling. I’ll give two specific instances.
The first is the ongoing refugee settlements that have been taking place in Europe for several years. Nearly anyone with a discerning mind has always known that resettling millions of people from foreign hostile nations will end in a disaster. We have seen glimpses of this disaster numerous times in the drastically rising frequency of rape and several acts of terrorism. The true burn of these relocations will likely not show up in Europe for several decades.
But now during this pandemic, we see the inertia of virtue-signaling carrying on even when it will hurt countries in the short term. Germany, one of the cuckiest cuckolds for resettlement, is still accepting refugees into its country that have certainly passed through the highly infectious regions of Spain and Italy, which are the two main points of ingress onto the continent for refugees. How many Germans have to die from COVID-19 so that their politicians could appear full of white guilt remains to be determined.
The second example pertains to the United States foreign aid. Americans have wondered out loud for quite some time why their government gives away billions of dollars each year to foreign powers (who often hate them, by the way), while many of the Americans themselves do not make enough working full-time to afford a mortgage.
But, this example is a bit more pointed and less economically abstract. While the United States is scrambling to find as many medical supplies as possible and President Trump is temporarily nationalizing industries to increase production of them, the US ambassador to Kazakhstan though USAID has gifted his host country 10,000 PPE masks on behalf of the United States. Now, to prove I am not heartless, I would concede this donation to be a just action if Kazakhstan were to be immensely suffering from the Coronavirus and the United States were relatively well-off. As it stands, the estimations are that the United States has the highest number of Coronavirus cases worldwide and Kazakstan has 150 cases. That’s not a type-o. Apparently, when the PPE masks arrived, the government passed out three of them to any Kazakh who wanted them.
At some point, when the pain becomes too much to ignore, we will have to collectively evaluate the costs of being nice in order that we don’t appear racist.