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Plague or Perspective?

May 20, 2020

“…in one month the corporate media will flip to the next “crisis” and we will forget all about this. This is temporary and will be.”

So says a Midwest architect who believes that the world is being subjected to “tyrants”. The reality is that we know folk who have family fights about filling unused bedrooms with hoarded food. Three months in and sometimes there is no toilet paper in the stores.

What is projected as national policy is framed as a television show, with evil villains and heroic saviors (on both sides of all screens). It is absurd that some are outraged that others do not wear masks in open roadways while they walk. It is absurd that people bridle against inconveniences, even though many folk are terrified of death being visited upon them.

The curve goes down, most have sense, maybe even common sense. Some in power love the power more than sense, others in lock down for a few months love freedom more than sense.

But there is a central question that has been called: What is Sacred?

Is freedom so sacred that we can endanger other people’s lives for our own expression? Is safety so sacred that no one can do anything but what others say us safe?

Nothing like the hangman’s noose to focus your attention.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Gawain de Leeuw permalink
    May 20, 2020 3:13 pm

    The word “sacred” should convey a sense of both limits and danger. On a regular basis, neither freedom or security are in danger. It’s when they seem at risk.

    I don’t think not going to the hairsalon is much of a risk as dying, for example.

    The freedom to be an asshole, while certainly a utopian aspiration, finds its limits in the existence of other people. One’s own security, of course, can be over stated. When push comes to shove, however, most people will choose security, but overestimate their ability to guarantee it.

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