6 thoughts on “Light Unto the Covid

  1. “…the benevolent father looks after his children”… “The corona,” he said “is for the Goyim not for the people of Israel.”

    A flowery way of saying “it is God’s will”. Which is common among many religions.

    Of course, if it is God’s will that you may or may not get the virus, get sick or die, then such fatalism can preclude any measures to slow the spread of the contagion.

    Worse yet, the rabbis are pursuing the idea that the virus is for non-Jews. We are back to the concept of “the chosen people”. Or “My God is bigger than yours”. And that is the rallying prayer of many extremists, fanatics or literalists in the world, but not necessarily relegated solely to them.

    It reminds me of the old joke about a worried man who feared flying and his first trip on a commercial airline.
    He is wedged in next to a passenger who notices the man’s worried looks and nervousness.

    “Are you OK?”, the passenger asks.
    “No, I am very scared of flying. Nobody survives plane crashes.”
    Well, don’t worry, when it is your time to die, it is your time. Nothing you can do about it.”
    “I understand that”, the man replies. Then he points to another person on the plane and exclaims, “But what if it is his time to die?”

    Fatalistic outlooks are a choice, of course, Until, that is, those believers decide to mingle among the heathens, then they are forcing their beliefs upon me and at the same time, as a bonus, risking my life for their ideals.

    Herd immunity is the way to go. How do accomplish that is the debate. Centuries ago, plagues created immunity but at a huge cost in life. And with that, of course, long term economic damage from the decimation of production.

    Today we achieve herd immunity by both infection and vaccination. With, hopefully, a much lesser loss of life or crippling.

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    1. I had a coworker who was afraid someone would bring a bomb on the plane. I told him the odds someone had a bomb on the plane was a million to one.

      The next flight he was calm and relaxed. I was sure he had taken my words to heart, “So, are you over your little phobia?”

      “Yes,” he said. Then, patting his briefcase, said “The odds of TWO bombs must be trillions to one.”

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  2. From the standpoint of evolution, it’s the other way around.

    Pathogens which are 100% lethal don’t get very far. A pathogen has to have some mild cases in order to be spread widely(unless they have an animal reservoir that is immune or nearly so)

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    1. RE: “From the standpoint of evolution, it’s the other way around.”

      Yes it is, from the point of view of the virus. From the point of view of the human being , culture is an evolutionary adaptation.

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    1. “For every 1,000 people infected with the coronavirus who are under the age of 50, almost none will die. For people in their fifties and early sixties, about five will die — more men than women. The risk then climbs steeply as the years accrue. For every 1,000 people in their mid-seventies or older who are infected, around 116 will die. These are the stark statistics obtained by some of the first detailed studies into the mortality risk for COVID-19.”

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