Wear a Mamn Dask


That’s a curious take considering the controversy surrounding the efficacy and side effects of daily mask-wearing. That aside, I am always reminded by this picture of Martin Luther (author, composer, Augustinian monk, and a seminal figure in the Reformation ordained to the priesthood in 1507. ) who sat and gave aid amongst the sick during a real pandemic, where you didn’t need an emergency test to say you had it. People were dropping fast. Luther pondered: We all know we’re not suppose to harm our own bodies. And yet we have to reach out to our fellow man and ease their suffering. But their illness may hurt us. It’s a tough one and it became a real tussle for Luther: Help. Die, Run. Live. How did he resolve it? Tolerance. He took the measure of the situation, for himself, and gauged his reaction based on what he could tolerate (critical thinking) within the context of his own humanity. He knew no other man could make that calculation for him. By virtue of this self-act and the acts of his peers not augmented by artifice, greed or paralyzing fear the populace as a whole recovered, acquired immunity and carried on. Luther, The Son and His Father (in this holographic narrative), I believe, would laugh at the hubris of Man today. To consider that a few (.001%) mere mortals among all of nature could harness the volatility of the times to such a measure that they might force a new world order upon their fellow man (99.999%) and co-opt a time of transition to limit their inalienable rights, threaten their bodily integrity, destroy their livelihoods and, oh, make a few of them really, really rich and powerful over the others, is to consider death. That’s what this meme says to me. Do No Harm. Behind the mask is a world of hurt and shame (in my view a needless exercise). Tolerance in this context for Luther meant making life work for everyone (including himself), not just those who agreed with his approach. For Luther it was the difference between love and fear, life and death.

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