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Stigmata wrote

Darn, that is a really rough spot to be in for the kid. I feel like COVID caused most people to really lose a grip on reality, some more than others. Not that I can blame people honestly, you can only lie to people straight to their face for so long before they start doubting everything you say.

I have been thinking from a statecraft point of view recently that lying to people is effective in the short term, with people even willing to humor it for a bit to keep the peace, but as a long term strategy is creates extreme instability because people lose all trust. Countries have mastered gas lighting people, and now people don't know what to believe, so they believe whatever confirms their existing beliefs. The United States (and other countries) is/are now reaping the instability the government(s) sowed.