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Response to Savannahmann (Reply #3)

Wed Oct 29, 2014, 12:52 AM

4. Nobody got sick. Do remember, even irrational fears at times have a basis for origin . . .

Someone actually came back with the disease. Two people came back with it, and one died, but not before he infected others; trained professionals whom we had been assured would handle such a situation with requisite professionalism. Now it was here, one victim dead, and the professionals had somehow "screwed the pooch."

And the specter of this swift killer, in which people die a horrid death, has floated in the collective conscious for decades, kept at bay by the nebulous comfort that it had historically hit isolated villages and killed too swiftly to pose a serious threat. Now, suddenly, it was here. And people panicked at the thought, and were not comforted by the easy platitudes of those proven inadequate in the first test.

This is all easily understood, it seems to me, when viewed through the eyes and experience of people ignorant of modern medicine, fearful of what can only be described as common accidents, and primed by an opportunistic press to doubt the efficacy of every constituted authority, encouraged to see every stumble as irrevocable failure, and amped up to fear most everything in life, especially the new and unknown.

Rather than wondering how we got to this point (a scenario that has been belabored ad nauseum for weeks), might it be better to wonder how we can combat the forces and ignorance that brought us here?

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