"Das Volk hat das Vertrauen der Regierung verscherzt. Wäre es da nicht doch einfacher, die Regierung löste das Volk auf und wählte ein anderes?" Berthold Brecht

"Ist dies schon Wahnsinn, so hat es doch Methode" - William Shakespeare

"Wenn man der Wahrheit nahe kommen will, muss man das Unmöglichste denken"

"Wir suchen überall das Unbedingte, und
finden immer nur Dinge" - Novalis

"Die rastlose Selbstzerstörung der Aufklärung zwingt das Denken dazu, sich auch die letzte Arglosigkeit gegenüber den Gewohnheiten und Richtungen des Zeitgeistes zu verbieten" - Theodor W. Adorno
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"Das lebhafteste Vergnügen, das ein vernünftiger Mensch in der Welt haben kann, ist, neue Wahrheiten zu entdecken; das nächste nach diesem ist, alle Vorurteile loszuwerden." Friedrich der Große
König von Preußen
1712-1786

Heinrich von Kleist hat seiner Braut Wilhelmine von Zenge die Sache mit einem treffenden Vergleich klar gemacht:

„Wenn alle Menschen statt der Augen grüne Gläser hätten, so würden sie urteilen müssen, die Gegenstände, welche sie dadurch erblicken, sind grün – und nie würden sie entscheiden können, ob ihr Auge ihnen die Dinge zeigt, wie sie sind, oder ob es nicht etwas zu ihnen hinzutut, was nicht ihnen, sondern dem Auge gehört. So ist es mit dem Verstande. Wir können nicht entscheiden, ob das, was wir Wahrheit nennen, wahrhaft Wahrheit ist, oder ob es uns nur so scheint. Ist das letzte, so ist die Wahrheit, die wir hier sammeln, nach dem Tode nicht mehr – und alles Bestreben, ein Eigentum sich zu erwerben, das uns auch in das Grab folgt, ist vergeblich.“---

"If you want to get close to the truth, you have to think the worst possible"---

"If this is crazy, then it has method" - William Shakespeare--- "We seek the unconditioned everywhere, and always find things" - Novalis

"The restless self-destruction of the Enlightenment compels thinking to forbid even the last innocence against the habits and tendencies of the Zeitgeist" - Theodor W. Adorno

The most vivid pleasure that a rational man in the world can have is to discover new truths; the next one after that is to get rid of all prejudices.
Frederick the Great
King of Prussia
1712-1786

"The people have lost the trust of the government. Wouldn't it be easier if the government dissolved the people and chose another one?" - Berthold Brecht

Heinrich von Kleist made it clear to his bride Wilhelmine von Zenge with an apt comparison:

“If everyone had green glasses instead of eyes, they would have to judge that the objects they see through them are green - and they would never be able to decide whether their eyes show them the way they are or whether they are not adding something to them that does not belong to them but to the eye. So it is with the mind. We cannot decide whether what we call Truth is Truth or whether it only seems so to us. If the last is, the truth that we collect here is no longer after death - and all efforts to acquire property that also follows us into the grave are in vain. "
„Die rastlose Selbstzerstörung der Aufklärung zwingt das Denken dazu, sich auch die letzte Arglosigkeit gegenüber den Gewohnheiten und Richtungen des Zeitgeistes zu verbieten.“

Referenz: https://beruhmte-zitate.de/zitate/123132-theodor-w-adorno-die-rastlose-selbstzerstorung-der-aufklarung-zwing/
„Die rastlose Selbstzerstörung der Aufklärung zwingt das Denken dazu, sich auch die letzte Arglosigkeit gegenüber den Gewohnheiten und Richtungen des Zeitgeistes zu verbieten.“

Referenz: https://beruhmte-zitate.de/zitate/123132-theodor-w-adorno-die-rastlose-selbstzerstorung-der-aufklarung-zwing/
„Die rastlose Selbstzerstörung der Aufklärung zwingt das Denken dazu, sich auch die letzte Arglosigkeit gegenüber den Gewohnheiten und Richtungen des Zeitgeistes zu verbieten.“

Referenz: https://beruhmte-zitate.de/zitate/123132-theodor-w-adorno-die-rastlose-selbstzerstorung-der-aufklarung-zwing/

Sonntag, Oktober 11, 2020

Great Barrington Declaration

 

The Great Barrington Declaration – As infectious disease epidemiologists and public health scientists we have grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19 policies, and recommend an approach we call Focused Protection. 

Coming from both the left and right, and around the world, we have devoted our careers to protecting people. Current lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short and long-term public health. The results (to name a few) include lower childhood vaccination rates, worsening cardiovascular disease outcomes, fewer cancer screenings and deteriorating mental health – leading to greater excess mortality in years to come, with the working class and younger members of society carrying the heaviest burden. Keeping students out of school is a grave injustice. 

Keeping these measures in place until a vaccine is available will cause irreparable damage, with the underprivileged disproportionately harmed.

Fortunately, our understanding of the virus is growing. We know that vulnerability to death from COVID-19 is more than a thousand-fold higher in the old and infirm than the young. Indeed, for children, COVID-19 is less dangerous than many other harms, including influenza. 

As immunity builds in the population, the risk of infection to all – including the vulnerable – falls. We know that all populations will eventually reach herd immunity – i.e.  the point at which the rate of new infections is stable – and that this can be assisted by (but is not dependent upon) a vaccine. Our goal should therefore be to minimize mortality and social harm until we reach herd immunity. 

The most compassionate approach that balances the risks and benefits of reaching herd immunity, is to allow those who are at minimal risk of death to live their lives normally to build up immunity to the virus through natural infection, while better protecting those who are at highest risk. We call this Focused Protection. 

Adopting measures to protect the vulnerable should be the central aim of public health responses to COVID-19. By way of example, nursing homes should use staff with acquired immunity and perform frequent PCR testing of other staff and all visitors. Staff rotation should be minimized. Retired people living at home should have groceries and other essentials delivered to their home. When possible, they should meet family members outside rather than inside. A comprehensive and detailed list of measures, including approaches to multi-generational households, can be implemented, and is well within the scope and capability of public health professionals. 

Those who are not vulnerable should immediately be allowed to resume life as normal. Simple hygiene measures, such as hand washing and staying home when sick should be practiced by everyone to reduce the herd immunity threshold. Schools and universities should be open for in-person teaching. Extracurricular activities, such as sports, should be resumed. Young low-risk adults should work normally, rather than from home. Restaurants and other businesses should open. Arts, music, sport and other cultural activities should resume. People who are more at risk may participate if they wish, while society as a whole enjoys the protection conferred upon the vulnerable by those who have built up herd immunity.

On October 4, 2020, this declaration was authored and signed in Great Barrington, United States, by:

 

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