[WW] rewa - Zeitgeist updated 03 Feb 2023

2022: May it be a year to care
Talk by Gil Fronsdal, 26 dec 2021

Zeitgeist: "The spirit of the age"; "the general intellectual, moral, and cultural climate of an era".
“from the German words Zeit, meaning "time," and Geist, meaning "spirit" or "ghost".”
“Some writers and artists assert that the true zeitgeist of an era cannot be known until it is over, and several have declared that only artists or philosophers can adequately explain it.”

“Living with Covid”

What does that mean exactly, “Living with Covid” To some people it seems to mean going about their life as they did pre-pandemic, as if Covid does not exist. To others it means, recognising that the possibility of Covid infection is ever-present, and taking appropriate measures to protect ourselves and others.

“A reminder that kids have the least protection from Omicron, and we are sending them into classes without ventilation or air cleaners. And the consequences are dire.”
-- Dr Christine Cheng   @cheng_christine
26 jan 2022

“It's irresponsible to talk about herd immunity: Eric Feigl-Ding, Federation of American Scientists” Says immunity lasts about 6 months. 15 jan 2022 The Economic Times https://m.economictimes.com/industry/healthcare/biotech/healthcare/its-irresponsible-to-talk-about-herd-immunity-eric-feigl-ding-federation-of-american-scientists/articleshow/88908216.cms

Living with Covid


What is the responsibility of the individual during a widespread, air-borne, and deadly disease? What is the responsility of a government? Of a community? Of a business?

“Won't we all get Covid, eventually?”
Seven reasons why we want to be careful anyway.
27 feb 2022
-- Charis Hill

“@sheevam_sharma Even with those in place, I disagree with your appeal to 'personal responsibility', as it completely ignores our most vulnerable, and our obligation to protect them in the social contract. This thread from @StephTaitWrites puts it very well: twitter.com/StephTaitWrites/status/1487474570772635648 (Thread, with a reply by me.) 4 feb 2022 -- Ian Ricksecker @IanRicksecker twitter.com/IanRicksecker/status/1489334006113918979


How to talk to people about Covid

It seems like it's just cut-and-dried facts, but for some reason the Covid conversation seems to be defensive, adversarial, emotional. Here's some ideas for talking with people with compassion.

“How to talk to family about risky Covid behavior”
2 december 2020
-- Kelsey Borresen
Huffington Post

How to talk to people about Covid

Pandemic and society

“Archaeologists: Here's exactly how pandemics have played out in the past w 10 top examples Historians: Here's how the 1919 pandemic played out blow by blow w masks surges deaths Sociologists: Here's how people react to vaccines+ masks w 100 papers Politicians: THIS IS ALL NEW” Good thread. -- Dr. Sarah Parcak @indyfromspace 7 jan 2022 https://twitter.com/indyfromspace/status/1479472205692125189
If there were any sanity in this world every country would be transforming its military and budget into a climate disaster Corp and pandemic response and preparedness. -- NimbusCloudNugget @NimbusNugget 13 jan 2022 https://twitter.com/NimbusNugget/status/1481485283090571264

Pandemic and Society

Pandemic and the US

“‘The economy cannot stay open’: Omicron's effects ricochet across US ‘Biden has vowed to keep businesses and schools open but some experts wonder if that's possible given nature of Covid variant’” 12 jan 2022 --https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jan/12/us-omicron-cases-effects-schools-supply-shortage-hospitals

Oni Blackstock, MD: “How can you be the country that made the 1st Covid vaccines, did clinical trials at warp speed with 95% efficacy and remarkable safety, has more than enough shots for every resident, yet be 52nd on the list, and continuing to fall?” Eric Topol: “Because we’re a country that values individualism instead of the common good.” -- https://twitter.com/oni_blackstock/status/144807737532610560

Pandemic and the US

Today's times and the US

America’s most important economic storyteller is confused “An old economy is dying, and a new economy is struggling to be born. The data are all over the place, and the big picture is a big mess.” “For much of this century, the [Federal Reserve] has been an island of relative competency in a sea of institutional failure. But the Fed is neither an all-knowing artificial intelligence nor a band of wizard oracles sent from the future to stabilize price levels. The people who work there are fundamentally pundits with an interest-rate lever. They’re folks like you and me, telling stories about an economy that they’ve recently gotten wrong, wrong, wrong, and then kinda right, and then wrong again. I don’t know if this is comforting or terrifying to you, but it’s the full truth: Right now, we are truly all confused together.” -- Derek Thompson theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/06/us-economy-federal-reserve-inflation-avoid-recession/661307/ [pub 17 jun 2022]