A friendly place?

Einstein was reported to have said

I think the most important question facing humanity is, ‘Is the universe a friendly place?’ This is the first and most basic question all people must answer for themselves.

Judging by the reaction (masks, lockdowns) to what is now recognised as nothing worse than the seasonal flu, it would seem that most, if not all those who donned face-masks would answer Einstein's question with a resounding "no, the universe is not a friendly place, it's scary and dangerous and we need to hide and protect ourselves".