More history to help with the “lockdown blues”…….
We have all heard the horrors of some of the “cures” that are being pushed…like drinking bleach (oh sorry that was sarcastic)….UV light, etc…..but there are always those pushing “homeopathic” cures during times of a pandemic…..
It was NO different during the outbreak of the Black Death back in the 14th century that killed millions……
Just a short look into those “cures” and “treatments” from days gone by……
The Black Death is the 19th-century CE term for the plague epidemic that ravaged Europe between 1347-1352 CE, killing an estimated 30 million people there and many more worldwide as it reached pandemic proportions. The name comes from the black buboes (infected lymph glands) which broke out over a plague victim’s body. The cause of the plague was the bacterium Yersinia pestis, which was carried by fleas on rodents, usually rats, but this was not known to the people of the medieval period, as it was only identified in 1894 CE. Prior to that time, the plague was attributed primarily to supernatural causes – the wrath of God, the work of the devil, the alignment of the planets – and, stemming from these, “bad air” or an unbalance of the “humors” of the body which, when in line, kept a person healthy.
Since no one knew what caused the disease, no cure was possible, but this did not stop people from trying what they could based on the medical knowledge of the time which came primarily from the Greek doctor Hippocrates (l. c. 460 – c. 370 BCE), philosopher Aristotle of Stagira (l. 384-322 BCE), and the Roman physician Galen (l. 130-210 CE) as well as religious belief, folklore, herbalism, and superstition. These cures – most of which were ineffective and some of which were fatal – fall roughly into five categories:
- Animal cures
- Potions, Fumigations, Bloodletting, Pastes
- Flight from Infected Areas and Persecution of Marginalized Communities
- Religious Cures
- Quarantine and Social Distancing
Just a final thought…..
The priorities of entire generations are often shaped by the monumental events of their childhoods. For me, that event was 9/11 and the resulting national obsession with the “War on Terror.” For my younger brother, that experience will likely be a global pandemic.
In many ways, the misguided priorities that arose after 9/11—which led to a dramatic increase in already astronomically high military spending—set the stage for the U.S.’s devastatingly inadequate response to the virus that shapes the experiences of this generation.
Rather than preparing for public health crises like COVID-19, governments around the world spent a combined $1.917 trillion on weapons, maintaining their militaries, and fighting wars in 2019.
Does that give you any idea on what is important to the M-IC…..people are not part of the equation.
Be Well…Be Safe……
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