This quote from Kameron Hurley’s The Light Brigade seems pretty apt for the covid-19 pandemic in the west:
“[Companies] started losing when they forgot how to be decent. People will fight for the idea of decency. They will fight for someone who treats them like people. They fight for beliefs far longer and harder than out of fear.”
– Dietz in Kameron Hurley’s The Light Brigade
So let’s treat each other as people. Because we’re in this together; health care experts don’t talk about herd immunity without reason.
Because we’re only in the beginning of it; even the most optimistic models don’t predict the peak to occur very soon.
And because we’re social critters, descendants of people who liked other people despite their origin or color or dance moves or whatnot. We’re here because we like doing things together. (And I realize how funny that may sound coming from a huge introvert such as myself, but there it is.) At each individual’s preferred amount of togetherness, but together nevertheless.
Hurley, Kameron. The Light Brigade. New York: Saga Press, 2019, p. 141-142.
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