Just a quick note to those who have been following these posts that I’m currently editing the material from the last several posts into a book to be called, unsurprisingly, “The Devouring Mother”. The editing process is mostly complete and has consisted of re-arranging the material from The Devouring Mother posts into a more coherent and logical order. It’s going to be a short book of about a hundred pages and, although it could be padded out, I’ve decided to keep it lean and mean to try and attain maximum clarity of analysis. I hope to have it available in about three to four weeks pending a final edit, proofread and the usual other tasks to get a book through the publishing sausage grinder and out into the world.
Overseas readers might be interested to know that the Australian Prime Minister finally released his plan of how the country is going to get out of corona about a week ago. He got forced into it because Sydney went back into lockdown a few weeks ago and, on current trajectory, looks likely to stay that way all winter mirroring the nightmare that those of us who live in Melbourne went through last year. It’s more than a little embarrassing that while the rest of the world is taking steps back to normality we are still locking ourselves in our houses down under.
The Prime Minister’s plan was essentially just The Plague Story. Once everybody who wants the vaccine has had a chance to get it, restrictions will be relaxed gradually until we treat “covid” like any other disease. That’s the idea. It is not at all clear that we will be able to pull it off. Israel has been the poster child for vaccinations and, after dropping all restrictions recently, the news I saw this week was that they re-introduced some restrictions after a spike in cases. Apparently some public health officials there are calling for even more restrictions but the government has so far refrained. It occurred to me that the current battle is actually between The Plague Story and The Devouring Mother. The Plague Story, even though it was a ridiculous path to take, at least has an ending. Republican governors in the US such as DeSantis have run a textbook version of The Plague Story and brought corona to a close (for now). Other governments have not succeeded. If governments re-introduce restrictions after the vaccinations they will be tacitly admitting that the vaccinations failed and therefore The Plague Story has not been fulfilled. Things may get even more crazy at that point (yes, I really think it is possible that it could get more crazy). The coming northern hemisphere winter seems to me to be the critical period. Either The Plague Story holds and life goes back to normal or we slip into an indefinite round of restrictions and The Devouring Mother wins the day. The Devouring Mother, of course, does not want an end and you really get the feeling that the public health bureaucrats would just love to continue locking people in their homes indefinitely.
It is not at all clear to me who is going to win but I’ve got all my fingers and toes crossed that The Plague Story holds up. Any story is better than no story.
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