Jared Witt | July 22, 2020
Someone has to go first.
Someone has to be first to sing a new song.
Someone has to be first to forgive.
Someone has to be first to bend a little and concede the tired point.
Someone has to be first to say, "I hate your premise and love your person."
Jared Witt | July 9, 2020
Every culture has their thing when it comes to solving ethical problems. In the US, it seems that our thing is “rights” or “freedom.” Both words are used interchangeably to insist, though rarely with specific detail, on some vague notion that our movements are somehow less restricted than those of other patriots around the world.
Rights language assumes that I should be able to do whatever I want as long as I leave you alone. Now we find ourselves in a historically odd situation which has exposed the disappointing inadequacy of “rights” and “freedom” based ethical talk. This, for the simple reason that viruses do what they do, they do it invisibly and undetected, and they don’t require you to purposely wish others harm in order to do it. Now you can harm people even when you’re trying not to involve them at all. Yes, technically, you do have the right to ignore the restrictions and best practices advised by every national government and 99% of the medical community around the world. And I have the right to not breathe in your germs when you do.
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