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Hardcore libertarianism and individualism cannot lead us out of a pandemic. In fact, they have the adverse impact on our individual, collective and planetary well-being and safety.

What pandemics challenge is our ability and capacity to sublimely care for others, to understand that we are entangled, interconnected and bound up with each other. The cry for ‘freedom’ by libertarian individuals is responsible for the ecological and environmental crisis that we face. It is an insidious, dangerous cry, not for actual freedom, but for one’s own self and survival.

When I was undertaking my postgraduate research at Southern Cross University I was fortunate to meet with the South African anti-apartheid activist Desmond Tutu and to spend a morning with him. He had worked with Nelson Mandela to free South African from its racial policies of apartheid. He explained to me that freedom only comes from our relationship with others.

The African philosophy of Ubuntu, he said, means: ‘My humanity is caught up, is inextricably bound up, in yours. We belong in a bundle of life. [In South Africa] We say, “A person is a person through other persons”. That is the measure of our humanity’. At core, human rights activism is an understanding that the freedom of the individual is about radical indivisibility with others. We are indivisible with the community. What will lead us out of this pandemic and a planetary environmental crisis is our caring for other people in solidarity, and caring for this precious planet, our home.

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10 COMMENTS

  1. A beautiful philosophy – except when pandemic is a ruse, then what, do I join the lie or resist.
    The gathering together of one faith. For those not of the faith there will be segregation and discrimination.

  2. Tell the millions who have lost family about the ruse . Sadly until the deniers get covid nothing will convince them … Nothing . Even then many are so paranoid they will blame someone for poisoning them .

    • Something happened to make half my text disappear in both these attempted replies. Please don’t post them 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

    • Nice that you wish the covid upon me but I have already had slight flu symptoms more than once during these covid months – although old I have a healthy immune system.
      Yes it does happen every year that people die following the flu and inappropriate protocols haven’t helped.
      What has surprised me the most is the broadness of the population who appear unable to detect the language of religious brainwashing in their daily media.
      A life without television is the cure.

      • Ah the classic “I trust my immune system”. Ignorance is bliss when fortunate enough to be in Australia where the consequences of the pandemic have been largely avoided due to quality public health measures. Can’t trust the TV, but sure can trust bitchute and youtube as your credible sources of information I bet.

  3. Meantime Gladys seems hell bent on letting Sydney loose when we achieve 70% of the ELIGIBLE population vaccinated. This is considerably less than the entire population and leaves under 15s totally vulnerable

    It will also likely be much less than 70% of the population of Byron Shire, aka the anti-vax capital of Australia. Whether our good fortune to date is due to turmeric soy lattés, surreptitious ivermectin intake, healing crystals, climate or just good luck, I’m not banking on it prevailing when a 1000+ cases per day Sydney population is unleashed on us.

    I’m also banking on the 100 odd cases in ICU right now being less convinced it’s all a ruse.

  4. I’ve solved the mystery! Text between the symbols for “less than” and “greater than” is excised when posted. Posters beware!

  5. A life without television may well be the cure , but let’s include YouTube and the internet . It has amazed me for so long how easy it is for the deniers to disparage mainstream media yet they willingly and unquestioningly swallow whatever suits their agenda on the internet … Double standards ??

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