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Since 1998 I've been sending out these reflections first thing each week--one or more quotes plus my thoughts about the intersections and contradictions. They're archived here back to 2002, and a new one is posted every Monday morning. Dialogue is still welcome . . .

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Quote #921 - #AbouttheDamage

30 Mar, 2020

ABOUT THE DAMAGE


"'The operation was successful but the patient died' is an old joke in the medical profession that has also been used to describe military operations, business operations and other operations. An operation might be completed properly, but if the patient dies it's not a success."
Barry Popik

“So what do we do now that so much economic, social, and political damage has already been done? We have to start talking about the damage, and thinking about tomorrow. We have to recognize that what we are doing to avoid being killed by a virus is also killing us as a society. We have to make it a priority to restore the social fabric.”

"Our track record is abysmal. We have responded to crises by exacerbating the fundamental problems of society, including the root causes of the crises themselves.... If our response to the coronavirus pandemic follows the same patterns, it will make previous crises look like child's play in comparison."
Masha Gessen
"In the Midst of the Coronavirus Crisis, We Must Start Envisioning the Future Now"


Our track record is grotesque.
We are more likely to use crises
to hunker down and protect the status quo
than as opportunities for re-examination, re-assessment, and growth.
We are loathe to realize that the many flaws in our creation as a country
cause greater damage with each new crisis.
Just like a person with patterns of behavior and response,
unintentionally re-making each new relationship in the image of old ones--
old, miserable, self-defeating ones--
we are given chances time and time again to see it differently,
to do it differently.
But will we ever learn?
The Supreme Court is still out on that one.
And the Supreme Court has been packed by a would-be autocrat.
So what are we going to do about it?

I hope you will read Masha Gessen's article if you haven't already.
https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/in-the-midst-of-the-coronavirus-crisis-we-must-start-envisioning-the-future-now
We cannot afford to lose the patient here.


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