by Steve Berger
“The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them again in our lifetime.” Sir Edward Grey, 1914
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” C.S. Lewis
Darkness is indeed enveloping Europe almost two years into the global pandemic. Austria has announced full lockdowns with the unvaccinated bearing the harshest restrictions. Germany is set to follow the lead of its authoritarian neighbor. Defying Einstein’s dictum that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, France now has adjusted its definition of inoculation for the elderly to include a mandatory third shot. Globally, Australia remains an open-air prison ready on the trigger of just a few cases to retreat to restrictions of movement beggaring Orwell’s dystopic imagination.