I could go into further detail, but I am sure readers of this blog vividly remember the evil they witnessed and experienced. It is only natural to assume that everyone remembers everything about the birdemic regardless of whether they "believe" in it or not.
After all, the outbreak is in the very recent past. Moreover, it remains a lingering issue in many parts of the world, including the city of my birth where the New York City Department of Education recently fired 850 teachers and teaching aids for the unforgivable sin of being unpecked.
Yet some people don't remember. For example, one of my students professed to have completely forgotten about the bans and restrictions governments around the world imposed on the unpecked. As far as she was concerned, it never happened. And it took her several minutes to recall the discriminatory policies the Hungarian government had forced upon the unpecked segment of the country's population.
A colleague claims the "safe and effective" mantra of the pecks had nothing to do with protecting people from the virus. In his memory, the peck was always "only" about mitigating the severity of the disease.
I could go on, but I think I've made my point.
The takeaway? It very much appears that for an ever increasing number of people, the birdemic is yesterday's news. As such, it is quickly being disremembered and consigned to oblivion.
Though I am sure that this sort of quick forgetting is the standard modus operandi for many during mortal life, I get the sense that much of this disremembering is disingenuous.
I could be wrong, but I think most people do remember -- they just want to forget that they do.