Talk about living in a vaccum. Clearly you’ve never built or run a business. A business is more than just a vehicle for profit maximisation — it’s a livelihood, it’s something that proverbial blood, and real sweat and tears go into, and it’s something that generates income to pay for one’s mortgage, to put food on the table, to pay for your kid’s tuition, and to keep your people in a job. The mental, emotional and ergo physical cost of businesses shutting down are huge, not only for business owners, but for the owner’s family’s, and their employees’ families too.

The world is nuanced and gray, not black and white like you make it out to be. It’s hard to present evidence for subsequent orders of consequence that are yet to make themselves known. It’s like asking ‘if I feed my baby breast milk instead of bottled milk they will perform better academically when they’re in high school’ but expecting to have the result today, when they are still a baby. Talk about short-termism.

Despite this, evidence is already coming to the fore, with suicide expected to increase by 13.7% over the next 5 years according to one study: https://insightplus.mja.com.au/2020/30/suicide-deaths-forecast-for-13-7-increase/ This study is prone to error, like all, but based on the many conversations I’ve had with people losing their jobs and struggling to deal emotionally with what’s happening in the world right now, these numbers do not surprise me one bit.

Business not being able to earn a quid because the Government has shut down the economy or enforced lockdowns has nothing to do with incompetence. It’s called taking away or severely diminishing your license to operate. And if you don't know the difference between the two then there’s no point in my wasting my energy here.

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