Days of Change

Life is Easy and You Never Die | October 26, 2014

A hundred years ago, it was not uncommon to have a child die before adulthood. A few generations ago, two out of six in my family were part of that reality. Then something amazing happened in this country and others. Some liberals complain about industrialization and chemicals and corporations, but that modern age changed the course of human life. People rarely die from bad food or viruses. Antibiotics allow us to survive injury and illness. The tragedies that befell most people now happen to other people for the most part.

There is still war, but not at the same scale. In the Civil War, 600,000 Americans dies, about 2% of the total population. In Vietnam, 60,000 Americans died. In the Iraq War, the death toll is 4,500 in an all-volunteer military. We define danger by risky behavior. Someone has a compromised immune system, they don’t take care of themselves, they live in a bad neighborhood, they sign up to fight. Death coming and snatching someone up is not something we think about anymore.

Ebola is starting to crack that veneer of invulnerability. For the sake of crowd control, the government is providing a wish-based best case scenario for Ebola. Some poor soul walks into a hospital, the staff gowns up and whisks them off to a private room. The patient gets an IV and some TLC and in a few weeks they are on the mend. The first case didn’t go like that. It was more like explosive diarrhea, swarms of police, shut down hospitals and two health care workers who contracted the disease.

This week, we learned that a doctor was self-quarantined decided to self-diagnose and go around New York City before he spiked a 103 degree fever the next day. He has Ebola and has a halfway decent chance of being dead next week. He was treating patients in darkest Africa, where they still can’t seem to get universal precautions right.

One of the reasons people don’t care is because they think they are immortal. A deadly epidemic like Ebola in their midst may change that. If it does, their world will change, too. After 9/11, a lot of liberal attitudes were realigned. If the same thing happens now, Democrats are the ones who are going to be sick.


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  1. And yet…the pc crowd says banning travelers from West Africa is racist. Their suicidal attitude is a credit to the propaganda spread in schools about racism (i.e., slavery and abouy 90 years of discrimination against blacks) being the most heinous of crimes, the mythology that passes for history.

    Comment by Mary — October 27, 2014 @ 12:22 am

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