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Black and White

Lockdown reflections 1.2

It's not easy to spell the adjective "manichaean". The word that has ended up meaning "black and white thinking" has its origin 17 centuries ago.  At the time, it was not that simplistic.

I think it is definitely worth looking into Manichaeism, the religion founded in the 3rd century AD by a Persian prophet and the idea of a battle between light and darkness.

Modern use of "manichaean" is pretty much divorced from the ancient belief system. Rarely employed in writing, it has the undertone of a rebuke. These days, it is not exactly a compliment.

Could it be that we are so in love with nuances? There's always a "but..." dangling from the end tail of a sentence.

To be more precise, there used to be a "but", before all nuanced conversations went out of the window. Or were rather locked down.

Duality in its strictest, most dogmatic form is reigning supreme. It's an either/or situation,  no middle ground, no desire to be less fixated on one opinion or another.

All about a Virus that has become just as divisive as politics and football, two topics known to ignite passions even in the most jaded of souls.

At some point, social historians will pore over internet archives and draw all sorts of conclusions.
No good second-guessing what they may say.

Right now, it could be more useful to find out what the popular reaction was for example to some other horrible virus, before a vaccine was found or the virus went quiet.

One thing for sure: there is enough to find out,  this article  is just an example.

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