fbpx

We're all in history

that's sure, but some are more than others, Jews more than some. If it snows not everybody is out in it getting wet. He had been doused. He had to his painful surprise stepped into history more deeply than others...Why he would never know...It was, you could say, history's doing."

The Human Project is Moving Painfully,

But, It Is Fine​

Rabbi Pitchon on the Covid-19 Pandemic

 

Death makes it impossible for us to ignore our vulnerability and impotence. We try to deflect the emotional effect of a human’s life disappearance by thinking digitally: 1… 10… thousands…hundreds of thousands…the higher the number the lesser the pain.

 

Contextualization is another of our strategies to mitigate death’s impact. The biological rhythm, age, circumstances… However, anybody who has lost a loved one, knows that nothing attenuates the void in our lives caused by being unable to see, hug, talk to them.

 

If anything can compare to the emotional devastation caused by death, it is only the fear of dying. Yes, our inability to control death is one of the greatest sources of anguish in our lives.

 

From its very beginning humanity turned to religion to find assuage from the terror and agony caused by our life’s unavoidable passing. Religion’s claim that sin was the cause of death was supposed to be some kind of answer. Even when this explanation failed, religion maintained its appeal by claiming that death is not final. 

 

Would we- plain and simple- accept that die we must, it wouldn’t really matter when and what causes it. But, the human project has always been to eradicate death. Generation after generation we seem to edge closer to our objective.

 

Besides the armies of large nations, the killers of the past century were the bacteria – small-pox 3 million, malaria,1 million-. Then the improvement in hygiene and prophylaxis completed by the discovery of antibiotics added 30 years to our life expectancy.  If in 1900 people lived in many countries an average of 47 seven years by 2002 that expectation was already 77 years.

 

True, our self-inflicted wounds- addiction, environmental degradation, poverty, war and human-errors, degenerative diseases, cancer-keep the eradication of death still a dream.  Today, however, we are well enough positioned to ensure that viruses will not be the ones continue killing us.

 

 

Incredible pools of human-talent and technological resources all over the world are focused on the eradication of this scourge. At least 254 therapies and 95 vaccines to treat Covid-19 are in the works and the discovery and manufacturing of pan viral vaccines and medications capable of coping with what may come is feasible, and at a cost of no more than $1 per every human being on earth.

If there is still any major obstacle, it is human resolve, not its ability.

Will is an elusive commodity, one that has kept the door ajar for human-threatening-viral-infections, such as SARS, Ebola, and certainly HIV.

Covid-19 has all the potential to become a game-changer in preventing viral infections because this time the lessons from previous epidemics seem to have finally sunken-in. Epidemics, after all, force societies to acknowledge their true values.

Despite the efforts of some rulers to manipulate the pandemic for political gains, it has become clear that expertise and institutions matter, and that there is such a thing as a global community.

Religion also is coming around, understanding that God’s omnipotence is not so much the power to control but the power to enable. Human beings have the capability, and with it, the responsibility to make the world in which we live a less threatening and disruptive environment.

Whether these lessons will take root, and will change the way we think and how we handle the world we live in, depends on each of us. We now understand that we have the power and the obligation to play a role, at least in managing how and when we die.

Governments and scientists are empowered by citizens to act according to the recommendations and assurances they have submitted. However, it is the citizens responsibility to disentangle themselves from the blaming, the jealousies games, and the poorly conceived save-facing theological doctrines,  and defend the ultimate object of their responsibility which is: life.

What counts are the actions, not the theory"
"I am confident that Israel’s leading research institutions, its world-renowned scientists and our unique culture of innovation can enable us to play an important role in advancing solution,’’ Benjamin Netanyahu, on May, 4 2020 speaking at Coronavirus Global Response videoconference hosted by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. Netanyahu pledged $60 million for research into a vaccine.

DONATE

www.leshnik.com

Building Judaism's Future

Judaism has persisted because it succeeded in explaining to the Jews the world in which they live. We are committed to continuing doing so.

You Shall Not Stand Idly...

Leviticus 19: 18 states one of the defining values of Judaism.

In Judaism it is not the exposition of ideas which is meaningful but, the performance of deeds. Helping to provide medical attention , a roof and food to those in need, even education, that’s the meaning of “not standing idly” in the 21st century.

Donate

Isaiah 40: 29

“Everything you can imagine is real”

 Pablo Picasso