Victoria Jelinek


Covid-19, May 4, 2020

“All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.” Blaise Pascal

France decided to open up the schools in phases starting May 11th. The first to go back are elementary school kids. Our son is in the equivalent to third grade.

We received a form from our son’s teacher to fill out on Friday stating whether we’d return our child to school or not so that they could submit it to the Mayor’s office on Monday – today – to begin making plans for the rentrĂ©e. I opted to speak to the teacher about it to see what she thought (she rose exponentially in my estimation since quarantine). She said that not only are spaces limited, the same principles of the confinement remain: the objective is still to keep infection down in order to permit hospitals to tend to those who need help. That there are small children being left at home because they have a single parent who needs to work, or both parents work, or there are children whose parents can’t, or won’t, help the kids with their schoolwork. Reopening the school for little ones is an effort to help these kids and their parents. This sealed the deal for me. Yes, I’m anxious about working with a precocious single child at home. I’m worried about being able to work, and I also need time alone to replenish myself. With a small child at home, who doesn’t seem to be able to be autonomous unless he’s on a screen (watching TV, or a film, or playing an electronic game), which is, perhaps, normal, I don’t know, it’s incredibly disruptive for both my husband and me. We consequently argue about who does what and who has done more. (I often end up working after the boy and the man are in bed, going to bed very late, then waking up early when they wake up – I’m very tired…zzz…).

‘Kvetch’ aside, I feel relieved with our decision to keep our son home for the ‘bigger picture’ (in addition to what seems to be an unnecessary risk for the moment). I think the interesting element to this corona experience – the whole social phenomena’s we’re witnessing will be, I believe, written about sociologically for a long time to come (or until we humans make ourselves extinct), is that at the same time we’re isolated from each other, forced to distance physically from each other, we’re thinking about each other now more than ever. Or MUST think about each other now more than ever. We must work together to ensure the survival of our species, and the way to do that is to distance ourselves from others when possible. It’s not just ourselves and our own interests we’re thinking about for the first time in a long time. We’re being asked to consider everyone when limiting contacts, our potential exposure to the virus (with outings, errands, plans, etc.), washing hands. Even wearing a mask is a sign of consideration, a, “I’m helping YOU keep safe” sort-of-thing. It’s quite lovely, actually, when you think of it this way. It makes one feel less alone, more purposeful, and, arguably, reinforces the argument that humans are worth saving (perhaps).

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“Toutes les misĂšres des hommes dĂ©rivent de ne pas pouvoir s’asseoir seuls dans une piĂšce calme.” Blaise Pascal

La France a dĂ©cidĂ© d’ouvrir les Ă©coles par phases Ă  partir du 11 mai. Les premiers Ă  y retourner sont les enfants des Ă©coles Ă©lĂ©mentaires. Notre fils est dans l’Ă©quivalent de la troisiĂšme annĂ©e.

Vendredi, nous avons reçu un formulaire de l’enseignant de notre fils indiquant si nous devions retourner notre enfant Ă  l’Ă©cole ou non afin qu’il puisse le soumettre au bureau du maire lundi – aujourd’hui – pour commencer Ă  planifier la rentrĂ©e. J’ai choisi d’en parler au enseignante pour voir ce qu’elle en pensait (elle a augmentĂ© de façon exponentielle Ă  mon avis depuis la confinement). Elle a dit que non seulement les espaces sont limitĂ©s, mais les mĂȘmes principes de confinement demeurent: l’objectif est toujours de limiter l’infection afin de permettre aux hĂŽpitaux de soigner ceux qui ont besoin d’aide. Qu’il y a des petits enfants Ă  la maison parce qu’ils ont un parent seul qui doit travailler, ou les deux parents travaillent, ou qu’il y a des enfants dont les parents ne peuvent pas, oĂč ne vont pas, aider les enfants dans leurs devoirs. La rĂ©ouverture de l’Ă©cole pour les tout-petits est un effort pour aider ces enfants et leurs parents. Cela a scellĂ© l’accord pour moi. Oui, je suis impatient de travailler avec un enfant cĂ©libataire prĂ©coce Ă  la maison. Je suis inquiet de pouvoir travailler et j’ai aussi besoin des temps tout seul pour me reconstituer. Avec un petit enfant Ă  la maison, qui ne semble pas capable d’ĂȘtre autonome Ă  moins d’ĂȘtre sur un Ă©cran (regarder la tĂ©lĂ©vision, un film ou jouer Ă  un jeu Ă©lectronique), ce qui est peut-ĂȘtre normal, je ne sais pas , c’est incroyablement perturbant pour mon mari et moi. Par consĂ©quent, nous discutons de qui fait quoi et qui a fait plus. (Je finis souvent par travailler aprĂšs que le garçon et l’homme soient au lit, se couchant trĂšs tard, puis se rĂ©veillant tĂŽt quand ils se rĂ©veillent – je suis trĂšs fatiguĂ© … zzz …).

«Kvetch» ​​mis Ă  part, je me sens soulagĂ© de notre dĂ©cision de garder notre fils Ă  la maison pour la «vue d’ensemble» (en plus de ce qui semble ĂȘtre un risque inutile pour le moment). Je pense que l’Ă©lĂ©ment intĂ©ressant de cette expĂ©rience corona – l’ensemble des phĂ©nomĂšnes sociaux auxquels nous assistons sera, je crois, Ă©crit sur le plan sociologique pendant longtemps Ă  venir (ou jusqu’Ă  ce que nous, les humains, nous nous Ă©teignions), c’est qu’en mĂȘme temps nous ‘nous sommes isolĂ©s les uns des autres, forcĂ©s de s’Ă©loigner physiquement les uns des autres, nous pensons plus que jamais les uns aux autres. Ou DOIT penser les uns aux autres maintenant plus que jamais. Nous devons travailler ensemble pour assurer la survie de notre espĂšce, et la façon de le faire est de nous Ă©loigner des autres lorsque cela est possible. Ce n’est pas seulement nous-mĂȘmes et nos propres intĂ©rĂȘts auxquels nous pensons pour la premiĂšre fois depuis longtemps. On nous demande de tenir compte de tout le monde lors de la limitation des contacts, de notre exposition potentielle au virus (avec sorties, courses, projets, etc.), du lavage des mains. MĂȘme le port d’un masque est un signe de considĂ©ration, une sorte de chose «je t’aide Ă  rester en sĂ©curité». C’est plutĂŽt joli, en fait, quand on y pense de cette façon. Cela fait que l’on se sent moins seul, plus rĂ©solu et, sans doute, renforce l’argument selon lequel les humains valent la peine d’ĂȘtre sauvĂ©s (peut-ĂȘtre).

 



British Writer Pens The Best Description Of Trump I’ve Read

This post was published by Michael Stevenson*, aka Dai Bando, Johnny Foreigner, Monsieur Pas De Merde, a blogger of French and British culture. It was some time ago, but I feel that as Trump becomes increasingly dangerous and cruel, and the world – a veritable mess – longs for (reasonable) American leadership, it’s worth looking at this piece again in order to both appreciate great writing as well as to consider, yet again, how fundamentally distasteful Trump is as a human being.

 

British Writer Pens The Best Description Of Trump I’ve Read

 

Someone on Quora asked “Why do some British people not like Donald Trump?” Nate White, an articulate and witty writer from England wrote the following response:

A few things spring to mind.   Trump lacks certain qualities which the British traditionally esteem. For instance, he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no compassion, no wit, no warmth, no wisdom, no subtlety, no sensitivity, no self-awareness, no humility, no honour and no grace – all qualities, funnily enough, with which his predecessor Mr. Obama was generously blessed. So for us, the stark contrast does rather throw Trump’s limitations into embarrassingly sharp relief.

Plus, we like a laugh. And while Trump may be laughable, he has never once said anything wry, witty or even faintly amusing – not once, ever. I don’t say that rhetorically, I mean it quite literally: not once, not ever. And that fact is particularly disturbing to the British sensibility – for us, to lack humour is almost inhuman.

But with Trump, it’s a fact. He doesn’t even seem to understand what a joke is – his idea of a joke is a crass comment, an illiterate insult, a casual act of cruelty.

Trump is a troll. And like all trolls, he is never funny and he never laughs; he only crows or jeers.   And scarily, he doesn’t just talk in crude, witless insults – he actually thinks in them. His mind is a simple bot-like algorithm of petty prejudices and knee-jerk nastiness.

There is never any under-layer of irony, complexity, nuance or depth. It’s all surface.   Some Americans might see this as refreshingly upfront. Well, we don’t. We see it as having no inner world, no soul.   And in Britain we traditionally side with David, not Goliath. All our heroes are plucky underdogs: Robin Hood, Dick Whittington, Oliver Twist. Trump is neither plucky, nor an underdog. He is the exact opposite of that. He’s not even a spoiled rich-boy, or a greedy fat-cat.   He’s more a fat white slug. A Jabba the Hutt of privilege.


And worse, he is that most unforgivable of all things to the British: a bully. That is, except when he is among bullies; then he suddenly transforms into a snivelling sidekick instead.   There are unspoken rules to this stuff – the Queensberry rules of basic decency – and he breaks them all. He punches downwards – which a gentleman should, would, could never do – and every blow he aims is below the belt. He particularly likes to kick the vulnerable or voiceless – and he kicks them when they are down.

So the fact that a significant minority – perhaps a third – of Americans look at what he does, listen to what he says, and then think ‘Yeah, he seems like my kind of guy’ is a matter of some confusion and no little distress to British people, given that:
‱ Americans are supposed to be nicer than us, and mostly are.
‱ You don’t need a particularly keen eye for detail to spot a few flaws in the man.

This last point is what especially confuses and dismays British people, and many other people too; his faults seem pretty bloody hard to miss. After all, it’s impossible to read a single tweet, or hear him speak a sentence or two, without staring deep into the abyss. He turns being artless into an art form; he is a Picasso of pettiness; a Shakespeare of shit. His faults are fractal: even his flaws have flaws, and so on ad infinitum. God knows there have always been stupid people in the world, and plenty of nasty people too. But rarely has stupidity been so nasty, or nastiness so stupid.   He makes Nixon look trustworthy and George W look smart. In fact, if Frankenstein decided to make a monster assembled entirely from human flaws – he would make a Trump.

And a remorseful Doctor Frankenstein would clutch out big clumpfuls of hair and scream in anguish: ‘My God
 what
 have
 I
 created? If being a twat was a TV show, Trump would be the boxed set.

 

* https://pasdemerde.com/2019/10/18/british-writer-pens-the-best-description-of-trump-ive-read/



The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage

Book of DustMany years ago, I remember working at a film school and talking to a colleague about the wonderful J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. My then-colleague said, “You’ve not read Philip Pullman, then, have you?” I hadn’t. Later that day, I found my way to a bookstore and bought the His Dark Materials trilogy (written by Pullman) and gulped them down. Once read, I realized there was no comparison: His Dark Materials is, in my opinion (as well as my respected colleague’s), the better series. It’s complex and imaginative as it combines magical creatures and alternative worlds in an uncompromising story about religion, authority, and individual freedom. Topical themes in any age, really.

It has been nearly two decades since Philip Pullman completed his renowned trilogy. In its first installment, The Northern Lights (or The Golden Compass, depending on where you’re geographically located in the world), he introduces readers to Lyra Belacqua, a girl from a parallel world, who sets off on an epic mission to rescue a missing friend. In the His Dark Materials trilogy, Pullman depicts a world ruled by an oppressive church, known as the Magisterium, that dictates the rules and mores of society. The worlds created in both His Dark Materials and his latest series, The Book of Dust, are almost like our own world, but just slightly changed. A primary difference is that every human is linked to their own daemon, an animal-shaped manifestation of their soul. (I love this idea!).

In Pullman’s long-awaited follow up, The Book of Dust, and its first volume, La Belle Sauvage, we’re introduced to the prequel (to the original trilogy) set ten years before the first adventure, when Lyra is just an infant in need of protection from the burgeoning powers of the Magisterium. In Lyra’s place as ‘hero’ is Malcolm Polstead. He’s a bright, curious, and capable eleven-year-old who helps his parents at their Oxford pub and also spends a lot of time helping out the nuns at a local priory. In his free time, he’s out on the river in his canoe, which he named “La Belle Sauvage.” One day at the pub, he overhears the news that the local nuns have taken in an infant – Lyra – who is the daughter of two powerful figures — a man named Lord Asriel and a woman named Marisa Coulter. At around the same time, he sees a man arrested by agents of the Magisterium, and later discovers that the man has mysteriously drowned in the river. Going over the area where he first saw the now-deceased man, he finds an item that the man lost — a brass acorn with a hidden message inside. He discovers that the acorn is used as a means to covertly deliver messages to a local scholar who belongs to a secret anti-Magisterium society, and who has access to an alethiometer, which is a truth-divining tool that figured prominently in Pullman’s original trilogy. When a massive flood overtakes Oxford, Malcolm and a teenager, Alice, spirit Lyra away in Malcolm’s canoe in order to avoid a murderous scientist and agents of the Magisterium who are keenly interested in kidnapping the infant.

As this is a prequel to the original trilogy, the Magisterium has not yet established its oppressive control on society, but it’s well on its way to this kind of power. In The Book of Dust-La Belle Sauvage, Pullman illustrates how the Magisterium is infiltrating the very core of society and tightening its grip on every aspect of daily life. Its security force assassinates, assaults, and makes dissidents vanish, while it introduces a youth-oriented group to Malcolm’s school that encourages his classmates to report to the Magisterium the “heretical actions” of their peers, teachers, and parents. Teachers who object are reprimanded or fired. Tension and suspicion escalate. This League and its fascistic movements are similar to the Inquisitorial Squad in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, but the anxiety and fear that Pullman creates with the onset and actions of this League, believably conveys the insidious and hypocritical rot fascist tendencies have on democracy.

In the interest of being judicious, there are a couple of storylines presented and dropped, and the concept of “dust” is really underdeveloped. However, the character of Malcolm holds the narrative together. He’s different from Lyra as the central hero, but he’s vibrant and compelling in his own right. Throughout the course of the novel, he transforms from a quiet, stout child to a hero willing to take radical steps to keep Lyra safe in the name of justice.

Ultimately, Pullman is a master storyteller, and La Belle Sauvage is worth the 17-year wait. Moreover, a tale about battling a rising tide of fascism as authoritarian ‘strongmen’ claim political power and alt-right groups spring up across the world, is timely. This is a tense, thrilling, and magical book that feels like a natural part of the saga that began with His Dark Materials.

 



Jack Goes Boating

(Rendez-vous l’étĂ© prochain)

indexA limo driver’s blind date ignites a humorous and poignant tale of love, friendship and betrayal focused around two working-class New York City couples.

Jack (the late, great, Philip Seymour Hoffman) is a limo driver with vague hopes of getting a job with the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA). He has an obsession for reggae that has inspired him to attempt to grow his hair into dreadlocks, and he spends most of his time hanging out with his best friend and fellow driver Clyde and Clyde’s wife, Lucy. Clyde and Lucy introduce him to Connie and they like each other. Being with Connie inspires Jack to learn to cook, to take swimming lessons in order to take Connie on a romantic boat ride, and to pursue a new career. Meanwhile, Lucy and Clyde’s marriage begins to disintegrate.

Hoffman’s directorial debut is a very independently spirited and produced film. Hoffman made a career doing interesting, indie films such as Magnolia, Boogie Nights, Capote, and The Boat That Rocked, among many others. During his career, he was the Artistic Director for an off-Broadway theatre company in NYC for ten years, which is where this play originated. In putting together this film, he gathered around him wonderful talent, both on-screen and off-screen, from both the theatrical and the cinematic world, both independently financed and studio financed. And, the result is a small, gently paced, gem of a film, perfect viewing during our days of confinement.

 

 



Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Eternal SunshineI recently read an article in Aeon Magazine, which investigates the scientific possibilities and implications of purging one’s “bad” memories.* Haunted by news stories and terrible images during this pandemic, and as a teacher to too many troubled adolescents, I find my opinion is conflicted: memories construct who we are, for-better- or-for-worse, but there are such horrible things that happen…

Hungry for more insight into the subject (and a film buff) I decided to re-watch the 2004 film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. In it, introvert Joel Barish (Jim Carrey) meets outgoing Clementine (Kate Winslet) and they start a tumultuous relationship. Then one day, Clementine doesn’t recognize Joel and he finds out that she had all of her memories of him removed. Angry and hurt, Joel decides to undergo the same procedure, but in the process of it he finds that he has second thoughts.

Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman is ingenious. His films Being John Malkovich and Adaptation are also high concept ideas that explore neurosis and the possibilities of the mind scientifically and perceptually. The movie begins slowly, as we experience the confusion Joel feels because his girlfriend suddenly doesn’t know him, with him. However, once Joel discovers she has had her memories of him wiped out and decides to have the same procedure done on himself, the bulk of the action takes place over one night in his rapidly disintegrating memory. When Joel’s subconscious decides that the procedure is a bad idea and he enlists the ‘memory’ of Clementine to help him escape, the film moves at a rapid pace. Here, director Michel Gondry showcases true visual verve (and most of the effects are created in camera!) as we delve into repressed memories, teenage humiliation, and childhood helplessness. But then a miracle happens — just as Joel’s situation seems most hopeless, the tone of the film becomes more hopeful. We travel through Joel’s mind back to those initial, profoundly romantic first days with Clementine, and we are able to view both the beginning and the end of a relationship at the exact same time. It’s poignant and beautiful. At this moment, Kaufman’s objective comes into sharp focus, and we, the viewer, are left to ponder what we’ve just seen, and to consider whether we would, indeed, purge our minds of painful memories if given the chance. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a relevant and weird and wonderful film with genuine heart and a thoughtful mind.

*Aeon Magazine, Aug. 1, 2016, Would You Purge Bad Memories From Your Brain If you Could by Lauren Gravitz. https://aeon.co/essays/would-you-purge-bad-memories-from-your-brain-if-you-could



A Serious Man
April 16, 2020, 7:49 am
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A potential film to watch while in confinement…

A Serious Man posterDid you like The Big Lebowski? Fargo? Raising Arizona? Oh Brother Where Art Thou? No Country for Old Men? Then you should watch A SERIOUS MAN by The Coen Brothers if you haven’t watched it already.

The setting is 1967 Americana suburbia: Larry Gopnik’s (Michael Stuhlbarg) life is beginning to unravel -his wife wants a divorce because his incompetent brother is sleeping on the couch and his son owes the school bully $20 for a bag of marijuana – and he just wants to know how it all went wrong and what he can do about it.

The Coen Brothers have made some great films and this one is marvellous – a suburban dysfunctional family drama meets metaphysical mystery that stands out as their most human and relatable film yet.



Shameless USA

ShamelessShameless USA is a family drama based on the UK’s long-running hit of the same name. William H. Macy leads the cast as the working class patriarch of an unconventional Chicago clan of six kids who, helmed by their eldest sibling, Fiona, keep their ramshackle home afloat while their dad is out getting blindingly drunk each day.

While the original series, set in Manchester, is grimmer, grittier, and, arguably, more shameless than the USA based series, the American version is still good. Yes, even as the actors in the US version are more attractive, their teeth are good, and their home is larger and prettier than the British version (prompting the question of whether Americans are comfortable with the ugliness of poverty), their circumstances and behavior are similarly outrageous and touching. Sure, Americans don’t ‘do’ subtlety as well as the British, so much of the action is obvious and flat-footed (such as when young Debbie puts the pillow under the head of her passed out father, thereby showing us the acceptance and love that the family feel for him, rather than permitting the audience to discern that via observation), they are still an audacious, criminally-inclined family trying to survive without resources other than their wits and each other.

I came late to these series, which have both been running since 2004 and 2011*, respectively, but it’s never too late to watch entertaining television – particularly during confinement. Moreover, I have found that by watching these fictional families, which in many ways reflect the truth of poverty in that the people make perpetual sacrifices in order to meet the minimum needs of life, have to get by on practically nothing, and whose permitted aspirations are often little more than surviving, I have gained perspective about my own life’s desires and expectations. As I’m entertained watching this series, I’m also inspired and resolved to be more modest in general. And, at this terrible moment in our shared global history, that’s a good thing to learn and to remember as we face our collectively uncertain future.

*Ending in UK in 2013 and in USA in 2021.



Covid 19, April 9, 2020

Humorous, from a friend in Wales (Believe “Wankspangles” and
“clunge puffins” will be my new favorite words):

THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE LIFTING RESTRICTIONS IN PARKS AND BEACHES DURING THE EASTER BREAK.

The Government has announced today that, for the Easter break only, certain groups will be allowed to go to parks and beaches and invite friends round for BBQ’s.

IMPORTANT- PLEASE READ

While the majority of the population will remain in lock down the following groups will be allowed to gather together at parks and beaches throughout the Country.

Imbeciles
Half wits
Morons
Troglodytes
Ignorami
Simpletons
Illiterates
Idiots
Dickheads
Twats
Fuckwits
Wankspangles
Clunge puffins

Anyone not in those groups must follow the guidelines set out by the Governments regarding social distancing.

Thank you.



Covid-19 7 April 2020

I think I could turn and live with animals, they’re so placid and self-contain’d,

I stand and look at them long and long,

They do not sweat and whine about their condition,

They do not like awake in the dark and weep for their sins,

They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,

Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of owning things,

Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago,

Not one is respectable or unhappy over the whole earth.

Walt Whitman

At this time (medical professionals goes without saying) it’s the low paid workers – street sweepers, refuse collectors, supermarket workers, delivery drivers, and farmers that are keeping the country going, not big businesses, over paid footballers, you tubers, etc.

I would love to believe people will change their perspective a little when this is over, but I doubt it. Given the conversations I have with adolescents I teach and know, and from what I see from those around me who have huge houses and fancy cars they work all of the time to pay for, I think most people still see “success” as material, and most adolescents want to be big corporate executives or celebrities of some sort (sports, you tubers, those new online “change makers” or “it” folks). With little effort to boot.

Such a shame. There is great integrity in those listed above, and those who can do a trade (carpenters, plumbers, electricians, hairdressers, teachers, artists, sowers, farmers). The world needs people who are educated, absolutely, but who are also modest. Kindness, usefulness, collectivism should be promoted by our societies, not individualism, competition, and avarice. My guess is that if these alternative ideas were promoted, you would find that the grave numbers of loneliness, depression, and suicide would be vastly reduced. Purposefulness and a sense of “other” are reasons to be and give one self confidence.

Bertrand Russell wrote in his book “The Conquest of Happiness,” that the most direct path to true contentment is altruism.

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(image courtesy of The Borgen Project)


Covid-19 5 Avril, 2020

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Cher Monsieur President Macron,

J’Ă©tais fier et soulagĂ© quand la France a commencĂ© rapidement et avec fermetĂ© le 16 mars. J’ai fĂ©licitĂ© le gouvernement français Ă  chaque occasion de «prendre de l’avance» sur la courbe. Je me sentais protĂ©gĂ©. Depuis, j’ai changĂ© incommensurablement «mon air».

Hier, je suis sorti (dans la voiture) chercher des cigarettes. C’Ă©tait la premiĂšre fois que je conduisais en trois semaines ou parcourais plus d’un kilomĂštre. À mon grand Ă©tonnement, les gens Ă©taient rassemblĂ©s en groupes dans les coins, le long des routes, Ă  bicyclette, profitant de la journĂ©e ensoleillĂ©e et se tenant proche de l’autre, parlant en groupes et en groupes. Comme s’il n’y avait pas de virus infectant les deux chiffres en France seulement. De plus, au cours de la derniĂšre semaine, j’ai remarquĂ© depuis notre vĂ©randa arriĂšre, qui surplombe une petite route, des groupes de personnes qui n’ont pas l’air liĂ©es (sont en fait similaires en Ăąge) Ă  faire du jogging, de la marche et du vĂ©lo ensemble.

C’est trĂšs inquiĂ©tant. Au magasin de cigarettes, l’homme derriĂšre le comptoir ne portait pas de masque ni de gants, et ne m’a pas simplement fait effectuer un paiement «tactile», mais a pris ma carte et saisi les informations manuellement, et a pris chacun des magazines que j’achetais et les scannĂ© chacun manuellement, comme il l’a Ă©galement fait avec chaque paquet de cigarettes. Il a touchĂ© chacun de mes objets Ă  fond. J’Ă©tais mortifiĂ©. Je lui ai demandĂ© pourquoi il n’avait aucune protection pour lui-mĂȘme et pour les autres, comme un masque ou des gants, et il a bĂȘtement rĂ©pondu: “Je me sens bien.” Mes voisins partent chaque jour, avec leur famille et leurs chiens, deux ou trois heures Ă  la fois, puis reviennent, puis repartent encore deux ou trois heures, tout au long de la journĂ©e, chaque jour. J’ai deux amis qui m’ont demandĂ© sĂ©parĂ©ment de les rencontrer pour boire un verre chez eux, me disant qu’ils le font avec d’autres amis.

Pas Ă©tonnant que la France soit si riche en infections et en dĂ©cĂšs consĂ©cutifs. Le confinement DOIT ĂȘtre appliquĂ© ou il n’a tout simplement aucun.

Hier, j’ai regardĂ© un extrait de nouvelles (Ă©trangĂšre) expliquant pourquoi il y a des endroits dans le monde qui ont le virus corona, mais qui ne voient PAS les infections rapides OU les dĂ©cĂšs, comme en France, en Italie et en Espagne. En Islande, ils testent activement la population, puis ils ont des DETECTIVES, des forces de police, trouvant TOUTES les personnes possibles avec lesquelles une personne infectĂ©e a Ă©tĂ© en contact au cours des deux semaines prĂ©cĂ©dentes, puis les mettant en quarantaine pour une obligation deux semaines, souvent trois. CoĂ»teux? Est-ce moins cher d’avoir un confinement dans un pays oĂč les gens le traitent avec une attitude cavaliĂšre?

Au Vietnam, en CorĂ©e du Sud et Ă  TaĂŻwan (juste en face d’un petit canal en provenance de Chine), ils ont maintenu la propagation en vĂ©rifiant les personnes qui arrivent par avion pour la fiĂšvre, puis en les ramenant chez eux dans une voiture gouvernementale (seule!) Et en les mettant en quarantaine. Encore une fois, ils effectuent des tests massifs sur la population, mettent en quarantaine ceux qui sont positifs, puis recherchent activement leurs contacts potentiels au cours des deux semaines prĂ©cĂ©dentes. De plus, ils publient qui est infectĂ© afin que les gens puissent voir s’ils ont Ă©tĂ© en contact avec la personne infectĂ©e. De cette façon, tout le monde AILLEURS n’est pas en lock-out et le pays n’est pas fermĂ© et souffre d’une catastrophe financiĂšre ET le virus ne se propage pas. Est-ce une violation des libertĂ©s civiles? Est-ce moins le cas pour nous dire que nous devons avoir un morceau de papier justifiant pourquoi nous sommes Ă  l’extĂ©rieur, ainsi que notre carte d’identitĂ©, ne devrait ĂȘtre Ă  l’extĂ©rieur que pendant une heure, et la crĂ©ation d’une situation dans laquelle les voisins s’espionnent les uns les autres avec suspicion et la colĂšre dans leur cƓur?

L’Organisation mondiale de la santĂ© a dĂ©clarĂ© dĂšs le dĂ©but que le moyen le plus efficace de lutter contre la nature infectieuse du virus Corona est de procĂ©der Ă  des tests massifs de la population, d’isoler les personnes atteintes de la maladie, puis de rechercher «de maniĂšre agressive» toutes les personnes dans lesquelles elles se trouvaient. Les contacter et les isoler Ă©galement. Oui, cela coĂ»te cher et cela nĂ©cessite un grand effort coordonnĂ©, mais est-ce plus cher que de fermer l’économie pour «endiguer le flux» de patients vers les hĂŽpitaux?

En parcourant le nombre de personnes infectĂ©es par pays et par État sur le site Web de l’UniversitĂ© John Hopkins, je note que mĂȘme si certains États des États-Unis, la SuĂšde, la Suisse, par exemple, N’ONT PAS de confinement en vigueur, ils ONT instillĂ© des mesures de sĂ©curitĂ© ( pas de place dans les restaurants, tous assis Ă  six pieds de distance, nombre limitĂ© dans une rĂ©union, travail Ă  domicile si vous le pouvez, fermetures d’Ă©coles, etc.), qui SONT appliquĂ©es et qui sont par consĂ©quent respectĂ©es par les gens, et le virus ne se propage pas! Pourquoi y a-t-il beaucoup moins de cas d’infection dans ces États des États-Unis, en SuĂšde, au Luxembourg, en Suisse, en Belgique, etc. qu’en France (ou en Italie ou en Espagne) et mĂȘme moins de dĂ©cĂšs, alors que la France, l’Italie et l’Espagne sont confinement total?

Quel est le but de paralyser l’Ă©conomie et de faire en sorte que CERTAINS d’entre nous adhĂšrent au confinement, alors qu’il y a Ă©videmment BEAUCOUP de personnes qui ne respectent pas les rĂšgles? Dans l’Ă©tat actuel des choses, les gens voient Ă©videmment l’amende potentielle de 135e pour ne pas avoir adhĂ©rĂ© aux mesures de confinement comme une menace vide. Alors que je remplis chaque jour le journal pour moi et ma famille avec notre raison de sortir, je n’ai pas vu un seul officier de police, mĂȘme une fois depuis que nous nous sommes isolĂ©s le 14 mars.

Je suis sceptique que mon pays fera ce qui est dans le meilleur intĂ©rĂȘt de la nation. En fait, je crains que la France ne mette un terme au confinement – pour tout ce qu’il vaut – trop tĂŽt en raison de l’adhĂ©sion aux arguments «économiques» des mĂȘmes personnes Ă  courte vue et Ă©goĂŻstes qui n’adhĂšrent pas au confinement, renvoient nos enfants Ă  l’Ă©cole (mettre en danger parce qu’il y aura eu beaucoup de divergences dans la façon dont les familles respectives se sont «auto-isolĂ©es») et puis il y aura encore une nouvelle augmentation terrible des infections et des dĂ©cĂšs, et un autre confinement inefficace, et ainsi de suite.

Le gouvernement français a bien commencĂ© – de maniĂšre dĂ©cisive et rapide – puis a Ă©chouĂ© par la dĂ©sorganisation. Pour remĂ©dier Ă  cela, veuillez soit appliquer activement le confinement, OU tester la population, mettre en quarantaine les personnes malades et rechercher activement celles avec lesquelles elles ont Ă©tĂ© en contact (ou publier les donnĂ©es publiquement), et les isoler Ă©galement.

Merci pour votre considération.

SincÚres amitiés,