The governors most enthusiastic about lockdowns seem to completely lack empathy. They just bark orders at their daily press conferences oblivious to the despair they’re causing all over their states.
This is a great article by Jeff Tucker. This passage particularly hits home to me:
With day-to-day human communication in the presence of uncertainty, there would be some admission of the possibility of being wrong, of mistakes made, of the difficulty of knowing, of the limits of information to make informed decisions, of the pain wrought through such disruptive governance.
And this one:
They worry that this realization is going to spread. Then they will be held accountable, maybe not right away but eventually. And this is rather terrifying to them. Thus are they spending their days trying to forestall this moment of truth in hopes that the mess they made will eventually go away and they escape blame.