Born to Die

Birth is a sure sign of death, unless you are Elijah and get carried away on a chariot. Even Elijah passed from this world to the next; he just didn’t do it in the ordinary way. I’ve brought this subject up before because people are famous for striving after a new Eden, where death will not get us and weeds don’t consume our gardens. There is no way to rationally strive after Eden, but we will try anyway.

I’m trying to be understanding of that as we sit at home and let the economy rot over a virus. It’s very frustrating, though. On one hand, I can understand temporarily closing down businesses and gatherings in order to “flatten the curve.” I can see a case for even our civil rights being trampled on for a short time; a couple of weeks ago, Trump said he would leave it up to governors and wouldn’t get involved in state rights. He had the correct attitude. We aren’t under martial law. Rather, we’re under the dictates of our home states. Fine. There will probably be lawsuits after it’s all said and done, and in some cases, I’m sure federal courts will determine that the rules states implemented during this time were draconian and a breech of our rights. But I’m also just as sure not all of the lawsuits will be successful. Of course, it’s unconstitutional for any level of government to shut down churches and gun stores (etc.) — whether it is constitutional to do so short-term during a pandemic is another question entirely. I will hesitantly say it probably is, and who am I to question the paradigm of all of us “doing our part.”

Sure, I’ve been riding along doing just that — my part and staying home unless I have to go to the grocery store. It’s not easy to do, and I have to maintain a certain stasis of faith in order to not view the future as bleak. Yes, I’ve been hit financially, but my entire state will probably have a hard time getting up again after the governor has shut down the vast majority of mom and pop stores, filtering everyone (and all their germs, all at once) through big box stores. And this is the other hand. The rules many governors are instating make no sense. Why is it better for an entire town of 50,000 plus the outlying population to shop at one or two stores only? Why is this virus so bad compared to viruses we’ve been exposed to in the past? For heaven’s sake, I live in an area where the bubonic plague is still endemic. However, this has never stopped anyone from taking their flea-ridden pets on walks where will they will sniff other dogs, or from doing anything, really. Nobody cares that the bubonic plague is here. And they don’t care about all the various flus that have killed thousands of people in the last few years. Why is it that now, with this virus, people are being shamed for being potential carriers, when healthy people with strong immune systems have always been potential carriers?

The thing is I don’t live in New York. Perhaps the media’s story about mass graves and bodies piling up is actually true (somehow I doubt this; their videos and images are constantly being caught out as false). Perhaps this virus really is the plague of all plagues, so deadly that we should hide indoors for months on end, while people lose their businesses and livelihoods. I doubt this very much, too. I’m willing to go along for a short time, as long as people get it through their thick skulls that there is no Eden and there won’t be as long as we’re on this Earth together. In the long run, you can’t prevent healthy people from going outside their homes because they might get your granny sick. It isn’t a rational position in the slightest. Nor is it Christian to extort the Golden Rule to bring this about; if a person does not know they are carrying a disease, they can’t be held responsible for getting another person ill. It’s a position that doesn’t reconcile the basic idea of herd immunity, let alone the philosophical idea of life leading to death.

I admit that I myself am not thinking entirely rationally right now. I’m irritated with all the smugness and prissy little twits breathing their hot air over everyone else. If this virus has done nothing else, at least it’s brought to light all the cockroaches you know you can’t trust, who will snitch on you to the government over a virus. I can’t imagine what these twits would do if we were under more duress. Who knows? People will surprise you. That reminds me…. There was another part of the Jacques Lusseyran book I wanted to write about. Maybe tomorrow.

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    1. That would be a good idea. However, our governor is threatening to do that. The whole state was shut down when my part of the state had hardly any cases. Now she wants to open up other parts of the state and keep ours closed because we haven’t peaked. Well, duh. Enough people have to get it for it to peak, which does not happen readily in social isolation.

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