A few months ago, Amo Boden (of the excellent Brief Outlines channel) wrote a satire on the Climate Change mania; interpreting it as aspiring to the triumph of materialism, with everything in life being reduced to measuring parts-per-million of Carbon Dioxide.
It suddenly struck me that this has actually happened with the birdemic response. What I see all round is that the whole of human life is being incrementally reduced to quantitative data concerning a virus.
This is evil; but evil of a kind that most modern people regard as Good - which is why the triumph of evil has gone almost unnoticed.
All of human society is being sacrificed to the demands of quantitative variables relating to this virus. The world is a prison; all are under house-arrest and in a curfew - without time limit, worsening by the day.
Human health-in-general, human happiness and nearly-all the satisfactions of life (science, arts, sports, dancing, conversation, contact with nature and beautiful places...) is being sacrificed to 'control' of the virus (= control of the humans who suffer it).
All of humanity: basic, direct, loving human contact; marriages, families, friends, colleagues - all have been damaged and are apparently en-route to being eliminated. Isolation is being step-wise imposed on tens of millions; in ways that are (rightly) regarded as cruel and barbaric in prisons.
All of medicine is being progressively re-ordered around this single cause of illness and death (drugs are running out, operations have been cancelled, cancer treatment has been stopped, increasing difficulty even to meet a doctor and get a diagnosis)... all is reduced to the surveillance and control of a single disease.
This, then, is the triumph of that kind of evil that Rudolf Steiner termed Ahrimanic. More commonly, it is termed Satanic - in that Satan is the term sometimes used for the devil in his strategic, logical, unhuman, bureaucratic role; cold, controlling and constricting.
This as contrasted with the devil as Lucifer, the fallen light-bringer - a manifestation of animalic impulse; short-termist selfishness, cruelty and lust.
Arhimanic evil is modern evil; materialism, positivism, scientism; it is life being reduced to the measurable and quantifiable - and everything else denied and eliminated.
It is happening because that is the mind-set of modern, Godless, spirit-denying Man. It is happening at the request of such Modern men - at their demand indeed.
The mass of people are (by their actions) actively seeking to have this single-issue world imposed upon themselves; because (from where they view the world) nothing else matters.
If only they and theirs can avoid getting this specific virus, and dying of the birdemic; then nothing else matters enough to save it from destruction. They will burn the whole world to be safe from the corvids.
And this is seen as ethical; as, indeed, the only moral way to behave; and anybody objecting to this reduction of human life on earth to the demands of a virus is hated, feared and resented.
This, then, is the triumph of Satan in this world.