COVID was an IQ test and I failed, thank God. Nearly everyone has stopped wearing masks. Everybody has gotten COVID at least once by now, and it’s not a big deal. However, the few physicists I still see wearing masks everywhere are the ones that I would say are definitely the best and most intelligent of the bunch. Interestingly, these are not the most ideological. Presumably, their opinions are as nauseatingly conformist as the rest of the faculty’s, but these are not the ones who are eager to start “difficult conversations about whiteness”. The more zealous guys (or, rather, gals) stopped with the masks as soon as they were allowed to, just like I did.
I was chatting with one of the mask-wearers. He and one of my graduate students were telling me about the horrible sicknesses they’d endured after their most recent boosters. My colleage did note that the booster he got after he had gotten COVID was less troublesome. I suggested that COVID had partly immunized him against the vaccine.
I got the vaccine to immunize myself against unemployment, but now I’m not keeping up with boosters. Instead, I lost 40 pounds, started exercising, and got off my blood pressure medicine. I expect my colleagues who are more intelligent than me would admit that most likely my response to the virus will prove to be more beneficial to myself than theirs will be to them. However, their big brains come with vivid imaginations. I dislike not being able to breath freely because of a mask, while they can imagine some poor person gasping for his or her last breaths because COVID passed through a chain of unmasked carriers until finally, inevitably, it struck someone hard. Thank God I’m stupid and can breath easy, untroubled by such imaginings.