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Committing Suicide for Fear of Dying

Numbers are stubborn, and since I have no aptitude even for simple arithmetic, I like them. They reflect the very structure of creation in its objectivity. “Mathematics, as such, is a creation of our intelligence: the correspondence between its Giovanni Formicola structures and the real structures of the universe – the book of nature is written in mathematical language – arouses our admiration and raises a big question” (Benedict XVI, Verona, October 19, 2006).

Of course, numbers can be falsified and certainly ignored, but that does not change the reality they should represent. You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time, and that is what you feel like saying when they do the math, adding two plus two, three in the giving column and five in the having column. Trouble will follow sooner or later. With all due respect to some Jesuits, this also applies to theology.

Numbers are merciless as reality. Of course, a discourse based on numbers is not only justified but indeed a duty when it comes to social phenomena such as an epidemic, which is defined precisely by numbers. But this cannot and must not exclude human compassion. One must not ignore the procession of suffering and pain behind those numbers. Even a single dead person is a deceased person, with his legacy of tears. He is not a mere number, nor are those who have fallen ill and have suffered pain and perhaps sequels of the evil that has afflicted him. Nor is COVID 19 the common flu, but influenza that can be very vicious. But does all that justify what has happened?

I tell the story in the words of the Irish journalist and writer John Waters, certainly much more intelligent than mine, published by Nuova Bussola Quotidiana on May 19:

“The dubious statistics of the ‘pandemic’ now reveal themselves as being arrived at through exaggeration, manipulation and falsification of fatality rates. The statistics pointing to the consequences of the ‘lockdown’, however, are staggering and already, even at this early stage, depict a civilization in crisis. Shops, stores, and businesses have been forced to shut. Industrial output has plummeted. Schools and colleges are closed. The streets are empty, the sports facilities are shut, as are theatres, cinemas, coffee shops, restaurants, bars, and just about any amenity found in a normal, civilized society. People have been ordered by the Government to remain indefinitely in their own homes (with one short exercise break a day) and not to have social interaction with anyone outside their immediate family. Those over 70 are forbidden to leave their homes at all. Even under wartime conditions the people of Great Britain, under daily attack by German warplanes, were not subjected to such draconian constraints. Their country was at war and threatened with imminent invasion, and yet normal life was still possible.”

As the days, weeks, months of this lockdown unfold, the once relatively tranquil West has experienced increasing alienation and despondency, arising from the sudden eruption of unemployment, business closures, widespread poverty and growing hardship, social dislocation, increased crime and violence, loss of homes and property due to unpaid loans, ill-health due to anxiety and depression, collapse of small firms and family businesses, enormous job losses, ‘deaths of despair’, including suicides, alcoholic and other addictive episodes etc.  — all of which will, in turn, result in a diminution of overall personal and public health and well-being, utterly nullifying and overwhelming the claimed objectives of the lockdown exercise.”

In short, we are in the process of committing suicide for fear of dying, as stated in a document by the Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira Institute ( Perhaps for no good reason.


Source: Stilum Curiae

Translated by the staff of Fatima Today.

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