In many a Sci-Fi flick, in particular, where extraterrestrials attempt their hostile takeover of Earth, the typical narrative becomes laser focused upon unified humanity valliantly and relentlessly battling the common enemy; and more to the point, good terrestrials whupping evil extraterrestrial butt.
Instantly coming to mind is the typical Star Trek starship captain’s phaser focused response to the following, ominous, otherworldly, deadpanned subspace radio transmission:
“We are the Borg. Lower your shields and surrender your ship(s). We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile.”
Were something similar to ever go down during our 21st century, life and times…
Whoa! WTF am I saying?
Something comparable has occurred and, as I type and you read, is still afoot; or more aptly, epidemiologically stated, is still in the air; literally so.
While, what we Earthlings have been facing down does not involve relentless Borg nanoprobes interminably infiltrating our bloodstreams, nonetheless, in this particular instance, ever since late 2019, a terrestrial hostile takeover has been underway; our common enemy being coronavirus.
One wonders why, within our Covid-19 embattled real world, we have lowered our shields. Why there’s been such a craven, haphazard response when it comes down to conquering what, in essence, is a mindless microbe; a virus so stupid, it’ll even settle for the way we adapt to service it; i.e., via our host bodies morphing into its ad hoc incubators; and in the process, sickening us; far too often, sickening us to death.
Just how mindless is that damned pathogen? Why, it doesn’t even mind if, in snuffing us out, it snuffs itself out, too.
The irony here is how, all along, it has been incredibly easy for humankind to prevail.
With nary one starship phaser blast or launched photon torpedo, by now, we could’ve conquered Corona-V; by consistently social distancing / isolating and masking up. Or, had spines and stout hearts been truly in this fight, right from the get-go, we could’ve locked down the whole world and, sans any “Warp Speed” vaccines at all, deep-sixed this godforsaken microorganism within a few weeks; a couple of months tops.
Imagine, we could’ve all reclaimed our lives by the March 2020 Equinox.
Consider, too, how we could’ve saved a sizeable percentage of the known 3 Million pandemic fatalities (and still counting).
With few exceptions, I’d rank Earthlings’ pandemic intervention tactics (in essence our response to that “We are the Bug” transmission) as pathetic; something akin to Enterprise Captain Jean-Luc Picard obsequiously, cowardly, ignorantly and promptly silencing the Red Alert Klaxons, powering down all of the WMD at his disposal and eagerly rolling out the red carpet to the Borg Queen, herself; and in the process, facilitating her assimilation of humankind.
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