Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Pretend Covid is a Science Fiction/Fantasy story.
President Trump is at the table with his senior advisors, discussing how
to deal with Covid. Suddenly, a being appears in the room. Eight feet
tall, red, horns and tail, leering. People scream, Secret Service try
to rush the President out but the doors won’t open. They shoot but the
bullets fall to the floor without harming the being. Eventually, the
being flicks his fingers and everyone freezes in place.
“Enough. I’m here to collect my due. You – Orange Man – you’re going
to do exactly as I tell you. Understand?”
The Orange Man does nothing. “Oh, my bad,” the being says, flicking his
fingers at the Orange Man, who is suddenly able to move.
“Who are you? What do you want?”
“I’ve been known by many names but I like the first one, best. I am the
Light Bringer. I brought you the opportunity for total power, through
the Covid virus. And you wasted it! You idiot – you had the perfect
chance to declare martial law, drain the swamp, clean out the Deep
State, cripple your enemies, restore your country’s greatness and
establish a world-wide empire – but instead you let those morons in the
state capitols run around like idiots ordering people to Stay Home and
now the economy is in such bad shape you’re in danger of losing
everything I gave you. Well, that’s going to change. You’re going on
television. You’re going to announce that you can cure Covid,
completely. That nobody will ever die from that virus again, anywhere,
in the whole world. And all it’s going to take is one small favor.”
“I want you to sacrifice your son to me. Kill that one person, and
everyone else is saved.”
“Are you kidding? That’s ridiculous. I’m not doing that.”
“Why not? There’s historical precedent. Abraham was willing. Ivan the
Terrible and Peter the Great both did it, Herod killed two of his
sons. What’s the problem? Any sacrifice is worth it, if it saves even
one life, right?”
If it saves even one life. Now we know where that idea comes from.
After the news about the state’s Covid modelers, it doesn’t even seem all that terribly far-fetched.