Who would have ever thought that this scene would even be noticed: Idaho school boys running on a playground, without masks, and closer than 6' from each other. But I did notice it, and it looked wonderful.
Nor were there any supervising adults nearby, perhaps with uniforms and emergency radios. I saw no medi-vac helicopters idling their engines at a heli-pad next to the school.
It left a comforting impression on me and all the other drivers on the road, no doubt. Earlier in the day, just the opposite thing occurred.
I was driving down a residential street at 20-25 mph. About a block ahead of me two boys were waiting to cross the street. There was no crosswalk painted, but I stopped for them. The boy ran across the street with such exaggerated nervousness, and his bodily movements were almost feminine. I am used to younger American males talking in almost feminine tones, but how could they walk or run girly-style?
That is one way to look at the hysterical over-reaction to the virus: it shows how feminine society has become. It can't get enough fear. It can't get clean-enough and germ-free enough. And more rules and regulations are always needed to control, micro-manage, and over-mother people in their daily lives.
People who read a lot of history finds numerous examples of cruelty that you could call characteristically male: invading somebody else's land, killing, burning, pillaging, raping. As long as the human race has been around, women have had to suffer through all this male stupidity and cruelty. What were the women thinking about men's foolishness? That's not the kind of thing that shows up in history books.
So now we might be embarking on ever-increasing female foolishness and tyranny -- hysterical fear, and neurotic obsessions about safety and cleanliness. Poetic justice you could call it.
But I wonder if society wearies of female tyranny sooner than it did of male tyranny (wars and violence.) At least male tyranny would rest for a few years before the next eruption.