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Here comes and goes another full moon

This blog post has been left in draft since mid-July, the month of the Buck or Thunder Moon, which was also a Supermoon. One of those opportunities to keep quiet and let the view take over, or publish a couple of good photographs. For anyone interested in a minute timeline of lunar appearances, there's always  Moontimes.app

Death, statistics and reality

 They are usually buried deep in official statistics folders, far away from awareness.  Death figures are not something anyone likes looking at on a regular, let alone daily, basis. Not even actuaries, presumably.

It changed with Covid-19 (why 19 when the pandemic started in 2020, but that's another question).

Daily death figures are everywhere. They do not make comfortable reading, listening to or talking about. For anyone who lost a relative or a friend, they are horrifically painful. If not, fear for one's own fate is a powerful enough trigger.

Starting with the ancients, not just classical Greece and Rome, death was a topic to ponder and draw wisdom from. Every thing that was left undone, all the words that could have been spoken, the impermanence of life, they were brought to the forefront of consciousness, or so we like to think.

It's not modern philosophers who invented "Memento Mori", nor are these two Latin words widely quoted. How could they be? They are translated as "remember death" or less abstract, "remember that you are mortal".

The current pandemic is generating, among other things, a daily death bulletin board. Does it get registered as we skim through the news? Is anyone looking at these numbers with a statistician's eyes, to understand how much of a killing machine the virus is?

Covid deniers need not read any further. There is a virus taking rounds and not enough is known about it so far. 

What can be said for sure is death has become much more of a presence in everyone's life. No idea if  this new reality is going to change anything in human  behaviour. 

Future social historians, you've got your work ready for you.


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