Since the beginning of time, it has been common knowledge that humans are social creatures. We live in families, work in teams, engage in religious fellowship, and much more. In fact, we need cooperation to survive and thrive. It has also been understood for most of human history that social isolation, especially when it is perpetual, causes calamity for one's physical and mental health.
Knowing all this, “public health experts" and New York State and local officials forced residents to stay home against their will in an effort to not pass on sniffles that they may or may not have. Subsequently, for the first time in history, many people went months, some even years, without real-life socialization.
At the same time,
were closed because teachers were too afraid to do what they were paid for at the risk of getting a scratchy throat.
New Yorkers were promised that if they acquiesced, they would beat the invisible enemy in 15 days. However, 15 days soon
into perpetuity with no end in sight. And when adults and kids were allowed to finally interact in public, they were dehumanized with face diapers.
To no surprise for anyone with half a brain, the mental and physical health consequences ended in calamity that we will likely see for years to come. And subsequently, the very same people who arguably caused many of this, now want to also be the solution.
Governor Kathy Hochul appointed Sex Therapist Ruth Westheimer as New York’s first ambassador to loneliness.
Oh great, another unelected “expert” to justify more government bureaucracy.
According to a press release, this is intended to “address the growing issue of social isolation which is associated with multiple physical and mental health issues, including cognitive decline, anxiety, depression, cardiovascular disorders, weakened immunity, Alzheimer’s disease, and premature death.”
If you ask me, those things sound a lot worse than possibly getting the sniffles.
Westheimer pitched Hochul on the job last year, suggesting she could help provide New Yorkers with advice on how to address isolation and loneliness.
“As New York works to fight the loneliness epidemic, some help from honorary Ambassador Ruth Westheimer may be just what the doctor ordered,” Hochul
. “Dr. Ruth Westheimer has offered her services to help older adults and all New Yorkers cope with the loneliness epidemic and I will be appointing her to serve as the nation's first state-level honorary Ambassador to Loneliness. Studies show individuals experiencing loneliness had a 32 percent higher risk of dying early and we need leaders like Dr. Ruth to help address this critical component of our mental health crisis."
Surgeon General Vivek Murthy declared loneliness an epidemic in
, saying that governments must tackle loneliness as the State has “prioritized other critical public health issues such as tobacco, obesity, and substance use disorders.”
How do you define an epidemic of “loneliness” anyway?
is also implementing a $1 Billion plan to “transform the continuum of mental health care and drastically reduce the number of individuals with unmet mental health needs throughout the State.”
Let me get this straight, officials locked up residents and the main
of this was pharmaceutical giants, and the answer to fix the negative consequences will also benefit the same people who benefited from this from the start.
Funny how things work out sometimes….
“While the epidemic of loneliness and isolation is widespread and has profound consequences for our individual and collective health and well-being, there is a medicine hiding in plain sight: social connection,” according to a press release from
Wow. So you mean that we could have prevented all of this by allowing people to go about their lives and just get the darn sniffles? Shocker.
Last year, Hochul also
an executive order to create the state's first-ever Master Plan for Aging which is alleged to “ensure that older adults and individuals of all ages can live healthy, fulfilling lives while aging with dignity and independence.”
The level of irony here is truly baffling.
Not only did New York have one of the
nursing home deaths in the country, but many even alleged officials tried to
Now, the New York government wants to control the collective well-being of its senior citizens as well as regulate loneliness.
I think some government officials are confused. Regulating loneliness is not what government officials are supposed to do in regard to their fiduciary duties.
I am no expert, but if you ask me, the best way to restore loneliness is through
and churches, not unelected bureaucrats.