There are lots of things to mourn for over the last few weeks. The death of liberty, freedom of speech, political debate, common sense, scientific integrity, any chance of communities ever trusting the police again, and, of course all those people that have died. Those that have died of cholera, those have died of malaria, those that have died of starvation, those that have died of reactions to pharmaceutical drugs, those that have died in wars, those pensioners that have died of not being able to afford to heat their homes during winter.
We also have to mourn those that died due to the epidemic. Those pensioners that were DNR’d to death. Those that have died at home because they didn’t want to burden an ‘overworked’ NHS or those that were refused treatment because they didn’t have a newsworthy illness like covid 19. Then there are those people with mental health issues who have committed suicide due to being put under house arrest. In this time of crisis, we must also mourn those yet to die due to the complete and deliberate destruction of the economy.
Of course, we should also mourn those that died due to the corona virus. But, of course, we can’t do that because we don’t know who they are due to the inaccuracy, manipulation and exaggeration of the figures. Some we will even have to mourn for twice because officially they may have died twice – once form their serious, underlying condition and once from the virus in the Alice-in-Wonderland world of covid 19 statistics. Then there are some people we can’t mourn for at all because we are not allowed to attend their funerals.
In fact, it may appear we are witnessing the death of humanity itself – not in the physical sense due to a virus but in a metaphorical sense due to the death of morality and compassion in those that have cast us into this Orwellian nightmare.