Obeying The Law But Staying Free To Be As Smart As We Can

The Corona-virus is a new and astonishingly difficult challenge.

No one really knows what to do now.

President Trump was ridiculed for asking if we could inject disinfectant.

And, on the surface, it wasn’t his best moment. But if you rephrase it to ask “Can the property or properties in disinfectant which kill the virus be isolated to be used medicinally?” then it is a much smarter sounding question. It is a creative guy thinking on his feet, thinking freely. This is what thinking outside the square is all about. And it needs genuine freedom of speech to work. Freedom matters. Especially when the entire human race does not seem to know what to do about a very real threat to the lives of very many people.

“Shelly” of San Diego has written this to me:

“I personally will be abiding by the social distancing measures until they are lifted because a) I am a law-abiding citizen. I believe in rule of law even when it’s inconvenient for me. and b) I don’t think we are past the danger yet. ………. Before we reopen as a country a couple of things need to happen: we need to have enough tests available for everyone, whether they show symptoms or not, and we need to have a reliable contact tracing program in place. I hope we will have those things soon but I’m living like the shutdown will go into fall just in case.”

I agree with Shelly about not breaking the law.

She is well aware of how hard it is to get both the economic and health issues right. (“It is a very delicate balancing act that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.“)

But I make the following comments about easing the restrictions.

America is now leaving its flu season and approaching summer. So if the shutdown is still going in autumn, then only what would be perhaps the fastest produced vaccine in history will save America from a very terrible winter.

I am not sure that this pandemic is a danger we can get past in one or two or even more winters.

We may just have to get used to a reality where current life expectancy for human beings will be substantially reduced by this virus.

Most of the fatalities of Cornavirus are around my age (62) or older.

Is God the Father working with Mother Nature here to create a human cull on an over populated planet? Sparing the young but taking the last years away from people who have already enjoyed most of their lives?

This is a question from me not knowledge.

Only God is omniscient.

Geoff Fox, 29th April, 2020, Down Under.

 

The American Revolution – Freedom

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The American Revolution began on this day 245 years ago.

The great gift to the world of this revolution is a profound commitment to freedom.

As Walt Whitman put it: “What do you suppose will satisfy the soul, except to walk free and own no superior?”

Whitman’s vision was was not of a totally anarchic freedom but of a Mighty Union: he believed that shallow people “consider liberty a release from all law, from every constraint. The wise see in it, on the contrary, the potent Law of Laws.”

To this very day the British culture, which the American revolution rejected, has in it a cringing fear of dictatorial authority which America cannot stomache.

Neither can I.

When Boris Johnson called on his people to embrace Herd Immunity, he was shouted down and he then retreated.

Donald Trump is supporting his people in calling for the freedom, which fear is attacking, to be restored.

God Bless America.

And freedom from fear.

Geoff Fox, 19th April, 2020, Terra Nullius

Cardinal Pell Was Crucified – Premier Andrews MUST Resign

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I make this statement as the proud grandson of two distinguished Christian theologians, Professor Arthur Clampett Fox and senior Presbyterian leader, Rev Julian Ralph Blanchard, who finished life in the Uniting Church.

I make this statement because I know how badly justice and western traditions have been trashed in Daniel Andrews’ Victoria.

I make this statement as a poet proud of the power of metaphor in the English language which I love.

Cardinal George Pell was crucified.

Socialist Left misleader Daniel Andrews MUST resign.

Geoff Fox, 8th April, 2020, The Police State Of Maribyrnong