Imagine driving your car, but instead of using speed as a measure to control your journey you replaced the speedo with a revolution counter. Every time you put your foot down the car’s revolutions would increase. You would think you were speeding and take your foot off the pedal. As a result, you would very quickly go nowhere and probably crash. The way Europe and the UK are monitoring the spread of the pandemic is equally as self-destructive and self-sabotaging. Europe is displaying collective behaviour consistent with the terminal phases of an Empire's life cycle.