“’Doctors are kind of nerds.’ That’s why many failed us. And yet, it may very well be that it’s the alpha nerds who save the world after all.”
Guest post by J. Motos Gordon
When I heard Joe Rogan interview Dr. Peter McCullough, the most-published doctor in the field of Covid-19 treatment, I snickered when Dr. McCullough said, “Remember, doctors are not like Navy SEALs. Doctors are not like police officers or firemen or World Wrestling champions. Doctors are kind of nerds. There’s no checkbox that says, ‘I’m courageous. I’m willing to take some risks.’ They don’t check those boxes.”
Then, I suddenly realized…that’s why many doctors failed us.
The world placed its blind trust on nerds whose level of academic prowess oftentimes out-pace the level of their social courage. The result is a cohort of socially-awkward intellectuals who would rather just get along than go against the crowd; nerds who are less apt to speak up and openly challenge the status quo, much less the dogma of their peers, even in the face of empirical data to the contrary.
Indeed, most nerds don’t check the “courageous” or “risk-taker” boxes. I’ve spent enough time as one to be a card-carrying member. We often fail to recognize the impermanence of being a beta and that, like breaking the sound barrier, there’s a necessary and difficult struggle that must first come in order to enjoy the promise on the other side.
So, we navigate the world through peer acceptance and the avoidance of conflict, and our oft-regretted inactions resign us to be among “the mass of men [who] lead lives of quiet desperation.” Many of us are “men of cloistered life who shrink from contact with their fellows” and typify the “timid souls” whom President Theodore Roosevelt lambasted as having no appetite for “fail[ing] while daring greatly.” And sadly, we oftentimes fail to see that being out of the ordinary doesn’t mean that we can’t become extraordinary, had we the courage to take advantage of each Opportunity.
Instead, we’re self-imagined closet superheroes whose tragic flaw is a social glass chin. Virtue-signaling, then, becomes our mask; the cheap costume jewelry we wear that instantly imbues us with what we think is a sexy daring that’s usually reserved for the cool kids and the Type-A alphas and leaders.
So, when the world needed medical leaders during the pandemic, what it got instead were only medical experts.
The problem with many doctors and scientists is that they are rarely openly challenged. Many avoid those situations because they make them uncomfortable. They don’t want to wade into the cold waters of the Impostor Syndrome that ails many of us. They are “the experts” and not used to being questioned. Oftentimes, what they say goes. In fact, how often have you challenged and openly questioned your own doctor, even behind closed doors?
But doctors are just as fallibly human as anybody else. In his book, “Lies My Doctor Told Me,” family physician Dr. Ken D. Berry offers a powerful insight into his own profession: The most common type of doctor is comfortable where he is. …[He] has no real interest in reading deeply and broadly about medicine…[He] readily accepts any new guidelines published by medical societies or the federal government…doesn’t care who paid for the research…only wants to practice medicine with as little effort as possible…[and] considers himself the boss in the doctor-patient relationship. He believes he holds all the knowledge that matters, and the patient should listen respectfully and not question him…The most powerful and most deceptive medical lie of all is that your doctor knows everything there is to know about your health or about medicine in general…Doctors often carry themselves as if they know everything worth knowing…However, as a patient, you cannot let yourself be deluded into believing this.
Nerds, as doctors, can find themselves in such positions of authority and trust where, sometimes coming as a surprise even to themselves, they are automatically bestowed the highest of esteem. They are “leaders” amongst us, we are told; learned people who know more than dr. google. Because of this, people often look up to them and venerate their seemingly secret knowledge of medicine.
And people take their advice unquestioningly. Like gospel.
While being interviewed by Joe Rogan, Dr. Robert Malone, inventor of the mRNA technology used in Covid-19 vaccines, described what psychologist and statistician Dr. Matthias Desmet calls “mass formation psychosis.”
Dr. Malone explains that mass formation psychosis happens, When you have a society that has become decoupled from each other and has free-floating anxiety in a sense that things don’t make sense, we can’t understand it. And then their attention gets focused by a leader or series of events on one small point, just like hypnosis…and can be led anywhere, and one of the aspects of that phenomenon is the people that they identify as their leaders, the ones typically that come in and say ‘You have this pain and I can solve it for you. I and I alone, can fix this problem for you,’ then they will lead, they will follow that person through Hell. It doesn’t matter whether they lie to them or whether the data are irrelevant. And furthermore, anybody who questions that narrative is to be immediately attacked; they are the ‘other.’ This is central to mass formation psychosis and this is what has happened.
In a pandemic wrought by an invisible enemy, a fearful world blindly gave the mantle of “leader” to medical doctors and scientists because we collectively thought that they, and they alone, could fix the problem.
In our collective fear, we forgot that these vaunted paragons of science and altruism were just regular people, with all of the same vulnerabilities, insecurities, and self-doubts as everybody else.
So, when alpha nerds like Dr. Peter McCullough and Dr. Vladimir Zelenko spoke up and offered alternative early therapeutics and treatment protocols that went against the Covid-19 vaccine narrative, they were attacked and “othered” by the legion of betas who lacked the courage to speak up against their groupthink. Tragically, and perhaps criminally, an estimated 85% of Covid-19 deaths could have been prevented had this “early treatment initiative” not been suppressed by the horde of hand-wringing medical beta nerds.
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Thankfully, tough counter-punchers continue to fight back, on many fronts. Peter McCullough, Robert Malone, Jordan Peterson, Elon Musk, and even Dave Chapelle are the new counter-culture warriors willing to “quell the storm and ride the thunder” of the dogma of the status quo. It’s important to recognize that intellect, wit, or mere financial brawn alone aren’t enough. It’s the social and moral courage of their character that sets them apart; the tenacity of their sheer will that makes leaders and titans of these alphas, “over whose memory we love to linger,” as Theodore Roosevelt once said.
Unfortunately, alpha nerds are few and far between. Fortunately, that’s enough.
The grip of mass formation psychosis is being loosened by the moral and social courage and leadership of alpha nerds like Dr. McCullough and Dr. Malone who are risking everything. They are breaking the hypnosis. Covid-19 mandates are slowly being challenged and lifted. Employees who were fired for rejecting the Covid-19 vaccines are being offered their jobs back, with backpay.
Like water, Truth eventually finds a way.
But, even after the recognition by the Scandinavian countries that the vaccines were disproportionately harmful to the younger population, there is much work and fighting still left to be done.
History will show that even the courageous resolve of policemen, firefighters, and famed Navy SEALs were felled by the medical fascism that gripped us all. But for a few loud alpha nerds who risked everything and dared speak out, we would all still be trapped in our hypnosis. It may very well be that it is the alpha nerds who save the world after all.
A published contributor to The Federalist and American Thinker magazines, J. Motos Gordon is a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel with a PhD in applied physics who still stares at the stars at night dreaming of warp drives, lightsabers, Colonial vipers, and the House of El.