Quarantine – compulsory isolation or detention, to prevent spread of infection or contagion, originally a period of forty days.
I take this liberty to provide an alternative version to a previous post, in light of the above condition which we all now know so well. Persevere ’til the end, and you will understand better its perceived necessity.
At the heart of the matter is the infection, the contagion; so I first address that, beginning with an American icon of mass indoctrination, mass stupefaction.
Canned Tomato Soup – tomato soup for the unimaginative, the indolent, the unfortunate – just like grandma used to make, but she refrained from shitting in it.
Ingredients: Tomato puree (water of questionable origin, tomato paste made from tomatoes cultivated with toxic fertilisers and pesticides), high fructose corn syrup (toxic corn derivative long outlawed in much of the civilised world), wheat flour (from genetically modified wheat, in use only the US and in those nations compelled by misfortune to use American products), water (again of dubious origin), salt (but not sodium chloride, table salt), flavouring (toxic chemical concoctions, the names of which are too horrifying to mention, endorsed, still, by the FDA, as assurances that the ignorant American public will get its required daily dose of toxins, sufficient to keep it stupefied, compromised, and more easily manipulated), citric acid (of uncertain origin, but certainly not benign), lower sodium natural sea salt (why the other salt, then), ascorbic acid (vitamin C [a preservative]), mono-potassium phosphate (fertiliser, food additive [yet another source of toxins sanctioned by the FDA], fungicide).
Yet another American pseudo-food that flatters taste but feeds not.
This ubiquitously occurring example of deception perpetrated upon the American public by autocratic government, mercenary business and industry, and fundamentalist organised religion is all that many, even most, Americans know.
Offence, here, is futile. as are sympathy and compassion. The choices of others, sponsored by fear, and by submission otherwise motivated, are theirs alone to suffer. In every or either case, too, just because one is offended does not mean that she or he is right. One who is truly free feels no need to apologise for voicing the right rather than the sanctioned.
In the States Once-United of America (SOUA), currently, more than anywhere else, it seems, where any and every nuance of civilisation appears denied, shunned, not elusive, but allusive of surrender to the perceived weakness of moderation, of cultivation, of humanitarianism. Civil – affable, chivalrous, courteous, decent, gallant, genial, pleasant, polite, well-mannered… That eliminates much of the current American world, the current American psyche, which is self-consuming in virulent xenophobic prejudice and hatred. Hence the virus, the infection, the contagion.
These are civilised – An ardent disbelief in the burning of witches; tolerance, compassion, selflessness; the freedom to pursue mastery over one’s own destiny; courage, movement, laughter, and love, unrestrained; passion, devotion, obsession, uncensored.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men were created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
– from the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson
What happened to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness? They were replaced by intolerance, prejudice, hate…inequality, indifference, cruelty, inhumanity…by just getting by, just making ends meet, by merely surviving.
These are civilised – Giving a damn; making a difference; random acts of kindness; paying it forward.
Contrarily, it is not civilised for people to fear their governments. It is not civilised for the government to support the interests of big business and big drug companies at the expense of the people, the environment, the planet. It in not civilised for big, government-subsidised agriculture to produce, to market, and to sell foods toxic with artificial and genetically modified ingredients, preservatives, industrially produced corn and soy derivatives, deliberately, surreptitiously poisoning the American public. It is not civilised that fast food establishments thrive on American obesity?
It is not civilised to deny a woman the right to choose whether or not to use birth control, whether or not to keep an unwanted pregnancy. It is not civilised that one gender, one race, one ethnicity, one sexual orientation, one party, one religion, one socio-economic class should mandate how a diverse community may seek life, liberty, and happiness.
Supported by American complaisance, the English presence in the six counties of Northern Ireland is not civilised; nor is the Israeli denial of a Palestinian homeland; nor is the continued atrocity in Syria; nor are Russian and Chinese violations of the sovereignty of neighbouring nations.
How can the anything American now be taken seriously when nearly everything America once held dear has been usurped by sham and farce? If it were not so tragic, its absurdity might bring a smile to one’s face. Once the leader of the free world, America is now its laughing stock, its most preposterous joke.
Hip-hop and EDM are just as civilised as country music.
Hate, wherever is occurs, should not be tolerated. In the States, though, it is applauded, supported by government, business, industry, and fundamentalist rightest religion. Denis Diderot (1713-1784), the French humanist wrote, Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest. Extreme…? Given the current state of affairs in the SOUA, the karma of the president of the fascist right and that of the pastor of the fascist right might well so render leadership of the deluded American public silenced.
Is there any civilisation remaining in the States? If there were, a blind eye would not be turned, one would not pretend ignorance, one would not hold one’s tongue, one would not stand, sit, or lie while others cry for help.
The world is too small for any but two types of people – those who need help, who really need it; and those who help, who really help. Which type are you?
And now for the quarantine itself. Let us begin with the the most basic fundamental of tyranny.
Tyranny 101, Rule No. 1 : Invent a threat to security, spawning fear and mass hysteria. The public will demand its own enslavement.
I have established, I believe, that the virus, the infection, the contagion, are real. Wherein, then, lies the tyranny?
It is two-fold, to be sure. First, the coronavirus is merely the current manifestation of the greater sickness of the world. Certainly, as listed partially above, the culprits are many, the SOUA, however, under its current leadership, especially, perhaps predominates. Proof of this lies simply in what may be easily observed – Live a toxic life, die a toxic death. The SOUA has poisoned itself. Where other nations must battle with a biological pathogen, certainly in the end to find a defence; the SOUA battles the inhumanity, the socio-economic belligerence, the religious fundamentalism within itself, native to itself. There is no intrusive, invasive element here; there is the self-destructive, self-annihilating civil war between right and wrong.
And the other fold of American tyranny? The threat itself of warring factions, pro-dictator, loud and vocal, with their despot at the helm; and anti-dictator, timorous and silent, living on hope rather than courage. Fear dominates both. The former, in apprehension of losing their champion of white Anglo-Saxon Protestant supremacy, Trump, his puppeteers amongst the rich and powerful Republican elite, and his followers amongst the duped, misguided fundamentalist right; and the latter, knowing full well that reason is not a weapon against the ignorant, believing that the senseless will eventually come to their senses.
Forty days? That will work for the least toxic of nations, those nations once victims of capitalistic expansionism, imperialism, and exploitation. It way work as well for those nations quarry, seemingly, of the caprice of history, of geography, of anthropological nuance. Forty days will not be long enough for those nations whose karmic debt demands greater suffering, greater loss of life. It is not necessarily that the fate of a nation is the fate of its people. Everyone will get exactly what he or she deserves, both good and bad. Again, live a toxic life, die a toxic death.
Here in the Philippines, victims of Spanish domination, with its concurrent oppression by the Catholic church, in its every order; of American subjection; of Japanese invasion; of geographic, geological, and meteorological extreme; having never been as a people guilty of mass inhumanity, but, rather, having demonstrated tolerance and compassion worldwide as caregivers and healers; the suffering will be minimal, the cure will be quick. I live here now, having fled the constant rage incited by Trumpian follies; so, my forecast for the Philippines, though a prognostication, it is my firm belief.
Quarantine or no, only your personal health will save you. Physically, psychologically, spiritually, sensually, humanely…have you lived a healthy or a toxic life?
Demonstrate your civilisation. If it is not late, get healthy.