The old patent medicine hawkers have made a resurgence with the COVID-19 as it upheaves the lives of many living on this planet traversing the cosmos. During this pandemic true scientific principles and applications are subjected to babbling tongues of nescience filling the airways and social media.
What is tragic is that people listen to those advocating things which are dangerous. Unlike some of the patent medicines of old, these new recommendations can be fatal.
Of course, many are desperate as they face this nocuous onslaught. They reach for whatever so-called remedy to ensure survival.
This virus, like William Shakespeare’s Caliban, is a poisonous vapor emanating from the dark cave of pathogens which hover in the shadows awaiting their opportunity to escape to wreak havoc on the humans. The Tempest rages on like the howling of the banshee in the sable night on the tumulus.
Like Caliban, COVID-19 spreads its malignity without regard to the pristine innocence of its victims. Children lost to this virus are a reminder that life conceived in love can be taken without a moment of warning.
Going back to the tragedy of science discarded on the landfill of ignorance, there seems to be a strong antithesis toward true science. Perhaps over the years science has fallen into disrepute because of the machinations of political leaders to create the ultimate weapon of mass destruction with scientists as conspirators.
Unfortunately, pathogens have been added to this vast array of weapons which no sane individual would want to unleash on anyone. However, as history has shown, there have been madmen at the helm of leadership which has resulted in countless millions facing exponential suffering and execrable death.
Smoking is another taint of science. Scientists and medical doctors advocated for the tobacco companies that their products were safe—they were cool to use, and if you choose the right brand of smoke, you could hit the lucky strike of being Joe Camel or the Marlboro Man, if you were male.
For the ladies you had the beautiful actress Loretta Young proffering the Chesterfield pack as a grand delight or the professional Nurse Bonnie being “satisfied” by her Red Apple smoke which conveyed more than just smoking. The ubiquitous scientist in the white lab coat conveyed that you could trust what they said with impunity.
Unlike the patent medicines of the past and some of those in the present, the science of protecting oneself from their own decreased level of consciousness should be adhered to without deviation. Of course, science education and its embrace seem to have fallen out of fashion.
Carl Sagan in his THE DEMON-HAUNTED WORLD: SCIENCE AS A CANDLE IN THE DARK wrote in 1996:
“All over the world there are enormous numbers of smart, even gifted, people who harbor a passion for science. But that passion is unrequited. Surveys suggest that some 95 percent of Americans are ‘scientifically illiterate.’
That’s just the same fraction as those African Americans, almost all of them slaves, who were illiterate just before the Civil War—when severe penalties were in force for anyone who taught a slave to read. Of course, there’s a degree of arbitrariness about any determination of illiteracy, whether it applies to language or to science. But anything like 95 percent illiteracy is extremely serious.”
In any pandemic, listening to the experts who have been trained is a safe way to protect yourself and family. Unfortunately, nostrums exist, and their advocates have been and always will be there to offer guidance, but it is misdirected to their pernicious cures and Fruitcura tonics.
Do not allow yourself to sit under their fallacious Bodhi Tree and listen to their gallimaufry of balderdash. These advocates are not limited to their anomalous bar of products; they can be anyone in business, entertainment, politics and religion whom you may admire and trust.
Seek out sound science. Adhere to those recommendations which have been rigorously tested and are without question about their effectiveness.
Be safe! Embrace life!
G. D. Williams © 2020
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