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That sense of community requires a lot of humility, precisely the thing I am afraid that the onslaught of Covid denial stories is robbing me of by undermining my empathy for others. Martha helped me with perspective. This is not a problem of individual moral certainty or persuasion. This is a social problem with big structural issues. That does not absolve me of my responsibility for seeing the humanity in people I vehemently disagree with, but it does make me feel less guilty about being unable to save them.

I still do not understand how we can be in community with people who, by withdrawing from their social responsibility, are actively harming others. But, I do not think I have to understand it. I don’t think that I even have to be in community with Covid deniers. I have to somehow be in community with the people who are behaving in socially responsible ways without demonizing those who are not. Demonizing them turns my community into a reactionary force, which is precisely how the vaccines and masks became weaponized to begin with. It is a classic case of not becoming what you despise by losing focus on what you value.

Fouce detalla las claves que apuntalan el negacionismo: «Simplifican la realidad, dan un marco de seguridad que hoy no tenemos, te hacen sentir parte de un colectivo y apelan a la libertad».

«Son gente perdida. No vas a convencer a un negacionista, porque salvo honrosas excepciones se mantienen en sus trece», concluye José Antonio Forcada. «Aunque no suele ser habitual, el motociclista Jorge Lis se dio cuenta de lo que era la realidad, pero llegó tarde».