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PostHistory Doesn't Repeat, but It Rhymes (from Gary Moore) (John Eipper, USA, 08/01/20 3:49 am)
Gary Moore writes:
There was a time in America--one of various such times--when nothing seemed to prevail against a new pandemic.
"Diets, complacency, fulminations against filth and strong drink, observing regular hours while staying at home, proper clothing, and medicines all ...proved unavailing." The nation felt "powerless against the intruder."
Ministers proposed "a day of special religious observance in reference to the prevailing epidemic."
The president in the White House called for "a day of national prayer, fasting and humiliation."
That president was Zachary Taylor. The year was 1849. That time, it was cholera.
JE comments: This puts it in perspective, Gary. I am reminded of diatribes against rebellious and slothful youth--in Ancient Rome. As for pandemics, the only difference between now and then is that presently we don't hear fulminations against strong drink. Just the other day, Belarus's dictator Alexander Lukashenko attributed his triumph over Covid-19 to vodka (and saunas). Strong medicine for dangerous times.