To live is to struggle; all things must first converge and then diverge. Existance is cyclical. For something to live, something else must die. Everything created will someday be destroyed, and everything once destroyed will one day again be created. Pic rel.
>What is the rhyme and reason behind this peculiar form of life?
You can say that about all life forms (I'm leaving out religious explainations).
>Is it even a form of life?
Some definitions include it as living, some not. I had this discussion with another anon awhile back.
>When did that happen?
Around the time people started saying "he coming" instead of "he is coming". Fewer people speak correct now. We're devolving back into grunts and gestures.
>Or is the hysteria going to intensify every winter until the powers that be control every aspect of how we interact?
Yup. Now that the far-left seems to have won out in most of the Western world it will only get worse. If you want examples, just look at the regulations for Thanksgiving in CA, or what the govs are doing in Michigan and New York. The far-left is always authoritarian by nature. Those anarco-communist Antifa you see running around are just pawns being tolerated until they serve their purpose, which is to rip down the old system. They are expendible.
Also, you probably have the old 'rona.