Ethics Lens on COVID: A Year of Fear
Fear has been a cornerstone of public policy and that has had serious effects on priorities. Fear of what we can't see, fear of the stranger, and fear of the unknown. "The goal should not be to defeat the adversary at any cost but to preserve one's society," says French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy. "People keep saying this is an unprecedented pandemic. That is not true. Humanity has had to deal with many pandemics, often more grave than this one. There seems to be an intention, a collective desire, to panic. It is not as big a disaster as we think."