Unfashionable thoughts indeed
As outlined earlier, I have lost my member status in Medium. Hopefully only temporarily, time will tell.
Meantime, I feel a need to respond to one of the last member stories I read, but can not directly respond to as a non-member.
Ahh Medium, if you thought I was a whinger before…
So here I will respond in the only way left open to me for now, by writing another story of my own, referencing the one I am commenting on, written by someone I do respect, Allan Milne Lees even though I often don’t agree with his point of view:
“Unfashionable Thoughts” by Allan Milne Lees https://link.medium.com/znyoAL73q5
We are all of us faced with a choice:
Do what we can, to save the lives of those in immediate danger, regardless of the economic consequences, or to relax that effort, in the interests of allowing the economy to recover.
Allan appears to me to be taking somewhat the devil’s advocate position by outlining mostly the view of those who would opt for the latter, i.e. let’s save the economy, rather than the lives.
Firstly, I do not agree that doctors in general are wasting money by attempting to prolong folks’ lives at every opportunity. Not many of those dying, even those in agony, will agree they would rather just die, than live to fight another few minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years.
Prolonging life is the very purpose of doctors. If we begin to question where that begins and ends, on account of how much it all costs, why have doctors at all? Why not just make them all redundant?
Allan himself points out that a business manager removing all of the mechanisms of a business, on account of cost, destroys the business itself.
Doctors are a basic function of civilisation. Removing them or their function, even partially, on account of cost or otherwise, destroys civilisation, and even humanity itself.
Arguments that the same result will happen in the end anyway, are also invalid; that all of those folk will die in the longer term in any case.
We could be putting four trillion a week into researching a vaccination for coronavirus, couldn’t we?
Maybe not exactly, but you get what I mean, we do not appear to be pulling out all the stops towards chasing a vaccine.
Rather, we are attempting to prop up the econonomy.
Also, the argument that collapse of the economy will cost more lives than the virus itself are invalid.
Why couldn’t hasty adoption of a cryptocurrency serve to replace folks’ basic needs of money to survive day to day?
Things are different now from the days of the last great depression, when there was only one flavour of economy. Now there are many obviously better ways of doing things.
Isn’t that old economy the thing that should really be put out of its misery, rather than our elders?
As Allan also points out himself, long term gain requires short term pain. Indulging in the short term always costs in the longer term.
Short term is our economy. Longer term is humanity.
The coronavirus crisis is a fundamental question of humanity.
Our answer to that is far bigger than economy, it is civilisation and humanity itself.
Without those, there can be no law, no business, no future, full stop.
I do think that as a civilisation, we are being asked a question right now, which is nothing less than biblical.
We received guidance a long time ago how to answer that question.
Thou shalt not kill!