Lock it down
Herd immunity and/or flattening the contagion curve*. These are my latest buzzwords I’m throwing around with reckless abandon. I have no idea what I’m really saying. But I think in times of crisis is good to have some jargon lined up. Especially since its my kids birthday today and I’ll be forced to interact with other adults (who will also be pretending)
*I’m not sure if these things are mutually exclusive but I plan to punt it as either one or the other, taking up the contrarian position.
Also, since old people (and asthmatics) are up for sacrifice, you know, for the greater good, I’m probably going pitch this as absolutely necessary. You guys have had long lives and your stubborn refusal to go towards the light has now been clearly incentivised.
I imagine letting my inner eugenic/senicide tendencies run rampant for a bit will be cathartic. Also its great for sounding out the crazies your social circle. Statistically at least one of your friends is a sociopath who harbors some form of Thanosian ideology. I feel these people should be identified. And then maybe… isolated.
Truth be told I have no idea about anything immunological. I’m just preparing myself for the toilet paper demolition derby when the stores open tomorrow. Get between me and the triple ply and you’re getting an elbow to the face. No mercy.
I mean, stoically, I could choose you know… not to punch people in the face. Or I suppose even go to the store at all. But I am fighting my deepest, darkest reptilian tendencies here.
Here in South Africa we are going into lock down… tomorrow. Or maybe its only on Wednesday. I think our confirmed cases are still sub fifty… but I imagine, having a population where a large percentage is seriously immune deficient (with HIV and TB) it would likely be a bad thing for Covid-19 to gain traction. But I’m just hypothesizing.
I don’t really want anyone to die. And I’m secretly hopeful this is a massive learning exercize in human cooperation and menschkeit…
While I wait with baited breath…
The chief task in life is simply this: to identify and separate matters so that I can say clearly to myself which are externals not under my control, and which have to do with the choices I actually control. Where then do I look for good and evil? Not to uncontrollable externals, but within myself to the choices that are my own…” — Epictetus Discourses, 2.5.4–5