In Flanders Field, . . . at least people are buried with honor and distinction.
I have read that this is not true of some Covid19 victims in New York City, for
example. Was this true news? Morgues piled high with bodies? And worse?
In war, on the front lines, people don't die alone. Sometimes they die gladly
for a cause they believe in. Sometimes not. Sometimes they can't be buried with honor
but are left to rot on battlefields.
All tragedies. No one should die young.
But no one should die miserably alone hooked up to a ventilator in isolation,
and most victims in this scenario are old, some with preexisting conditions but
the virus also. This is also tragic, even if a large number of these people are
Most of these deaths were preventable.
I have read twice and am on my third read of Eisenstein's magnificent essay "The
Coronation." But I can't look beyond those ICUs and the suffering. Certainly we've
acknowledged that a disaster like this offers windows of opportunity, but not for the
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