Life in a brave new COVID-19 world

Jeremy Gilder, Myocum

Am I the only one who feels that right now we are living in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World?

Our government tells us we are flattening the COVID-19 curve! Great news!

People are saying, ‘Isn’t that wonderful!’ But is it worth it?

In complying with the government agenda, particularly at state level, we have forfeited our freedom as individuals, and generally speaking, are living under police-state regimes.

Too strong? Consider the facts.

1) To this point in time, deaths from COVID-19, circa 100, represent only a tiny fraction of usual numbers of deaths from the flu (at 1,500-3,000 per season).

2) Essentially, we have been made prisoners in our own homes, for many weeks, with lists of what we can and can’t do, under threat of police action if we do not comply. Police action? Laws created overnight that allow heavy fines for disobedience.

3) Some premiers are glorying in their extended power, introducing what, to many, would seem provocative actions and further restrictions to the national agenda – ‘to keep us safe’.

This is all reminiscent of Huxley’s famous novel.

A slow but certain breaking down of the individual – particularly any individual who dares to be different – and a glorification of the State.

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3 responses to “Life in a brave new COVID-19 world”

  1. Liz L says:

    Funnily enough, Jeremy, we have noticed that things have changed a bit! The rest of us aren’t all comatose! Many were even thinking about whether it was all a good idea, and acting for the good of our fellow citizens, before we were told to. The success that Australia has seen so far in reversing the trajectory of its infection rate would not have been achieved without a generally informed and intelligent commitment to a social compact. Thank goodness not everyone has seen this challenging period of history as a chance to convince themselves they are part of a rare breed with a genius for sceptical insight.

    Inconvenient as the nature of infectious illness is, shit happens. It needs to be understood and accommodated. And be careful about whose Brave New World you are trumpeting – the loudest voices in the orchestrated campaign against Daniel Andrews and demanding we all get back to business regardless of any other consequences. The far right have always adhered to the philosophy of survival of the fittest and suppression of the concept of society.

  2. I guess it had to happen, one way or another. We globetrot
    all over. Believe how truly precious we think we are. Vote
    ‘rats’ into office & forget Grandma almost always knew
    better. Life’s a bowl of cherries just as long as you’re not a
    cherry. Demanding the ‘grand life’ does cost. We are part
    of society & the planet & what needs doing depends on us.

  3. Liz L says:

    Fascinating – warnings about an emerging police state dominated the pages of the Echo in the wake of public health measures enabled by a declaration of a state of emergency to deal with a pandemic. A whole new edition has come and gone however without so much as a whisper about Dutton’s push for an ASIO bill amendment.

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