Naturally, the mainstream media has callously dismissed the diagnosis as an example of individual psychosis emanating from the fetid mind of a recently Twitter-banned virologist and immunologist whose work, fittingly enough, focused extensively the same technology found in many of the birdemic pecks.
On the other hand, independent and dissident voices have reacted to Dr. Malone's mass formation psychosis diagnosis with a Eureka-level of thrill and excitement that would have made Archimedes blush in embarrassment. We have found it! Someone out there has finally managed to put his finger squarely on the pulse of the birdemic and enunciate the appropriate term to describe what the world is experiencing.
Don't misunderstand - I'm not slagging Dr. Malone's excellent diagnosis. What irks me is the giddy, gee-wow, mind-blown reaction the diagnosis has inspired. All too many have treated Dr. Malone's commentary as if it were some kind of great and sudden revelation and realization; a veritable epiphany of sorts. Which makes me wonder . . . what did these newly illuminated souls believe about the birdemic hysteria before Dr. Malone slapped the mass formation psychosis label onto it?
In the interest of clarity, I have included a definition of mass formation psychosis below (randomly lifted from a recent search result):
Psychosis is when people lose some contact with reality. Mass formation psychosis is when a large part of a society focuses its attention to a leader(s) or a series of events and their attention focuses on one small point or issue. Followers can be hypnotized and be led anywhere, regardless of data proving otherwise. A key aspect of the phenomena is that the people they identify as the leaders – the one’s that can solve the problem or issue alone – they will follow that leader(s) regardless of any new information or data. Furthermore, anybody who questions the leader’s narrative are attacked and disregarded.
There are four key components needed for an environment to experience a mass formation psychosis: lack of social bonds or decoupling of societal connections, lack of sense-making (things don’t make sense), free-floating anxiety, and free-floating psychological discontent. Free-floating anxiety is a general sense of uneasiness that is not tied to any particular object or specific situation.
This accurately describes the birdemic hysteria, so kudos to Dr. Malone. At the same time, how is any of it revelatory against the backdrop of everything we have experienced in the past two years?
Though I appreciate Dr. Malone's clinical labeling of the birdemic hysteria, I would hasten to add that while the diagnosis clearly identifies the symptoms, it utterly misses the underlying disease.
Mass despiritualization psychosis.
Note added: The mass formation psychosis of the birdemic hysteria are acute symptoms of mass despiritualization psychosis, which was prevalent and chronic long before the birdemic hysteria broke. If the underlying conditions of mass despiritualization pyschosis continue to be left untreated, they will turn fatal, at least at the level of the masses.