A Poverty of Wit

S M Chen
5 min readJun 5, 2021

“Mockery is often the result of a poverty of wit.”

  • Jean de la Bruyere (1645–1696), French philosopher, satirist

During the ongoing pandemic, despite its relatively low (about 2%) mortality, COVID-19 has been associated with a staggering number of deaths.

Worldwide, at last tally, there were over 172M cases of COVID and over 3.7M deaths.

Some deaths have been among relatively young people who might have avoided it by being vaccinated. Instead, some have not only foregone vaccination themselves, they have mocked vaccines and the protection they afford, potentially discouraging others. For them, karma may be like a serpent without patience: it can’t wait to bite.

One of the latest victims is described here:

Mr. Trujillo, the Denver sheriff’s deputy who died, commented: “I have an immune system.” While that was no doubt true, that system failed him. It was insufficient to survive the onslaught of a tiny virus that has bedeviled our planet.