Saturday, March 28, 2020

2738 : Decency (and civility)

I was having a freewheeling chat with my mother yesterday. I do enjoy talking with her. We were both aghast (almost a shared startlement) of the world around us. Almost in the same breath, we were asking, "Is this what we have become? is this what it finally comes down to?".

We both lamented for what we saw as a breakdown in our social civil structure. Implicitly we said, "it's being civil, that makes us human."

And then I read this from Albert Camus' Plague. I believe it will resonate with my mom :-) quite a bit.

Camus writes: ‘This whole thing is not about heroism. It’s about decency. It may seem a ridiculous idea, but the only way to fight the plague is with decency.’ A character asks Rieux what decency is. Doctor Rieux’s response is as clipped as it is eloquent: ‘In general, I can’t say, but in my case, I know that it consists in doing my job.’

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