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Philosophy During a Pandemic

Kant: "All of us must, in times of crisis, examine our moral actions all the more clearly. Are we performing our duty at all times?"

Anscombe: "Each of us must reflect on our own intentions for every action we take. Are we doing what we can to help protect society? Or are we making excuses for ourselves?"

Seneca: "When things become difficult our moral strength must be absolute. Our desires for our own pleasure must pale in comparison to our desire to do what is right."


Marx, kicking down the door with two AK-47s in his hands: "Alright everyone, now is our chance! Capitalism is weakened, and showing it cannot manage a crisis. The full cruelty of the class structure is being laid bare. We must seize this opportunity to overthrow the bourgeoisie once and for all and free the workers!"

Anscombe: "Oh good, you are here, Marx. We are just organizing mutual aid by making these meals for people in quarantine, and distributing sanitation supplies to those most vulnerable."
Marx: "Wait...what?"

Marx: "Sanitation supplies? Food? You aren't trying to overthrow the bourgeoisie!?"

Kant: "No, of course not. How many times do i have to explain this to you, Marx, we philosophers by and large are the bourgeoisie."

Seneca: "Seriously, who do you think can afford to spend their lives debating about whether or not chairs exist? Peasants?"
Marx: "God dammit, you guys. Fine, how can i help?"
Utilitarianism: "do everything you can to prevent it from spreading." Deontology: "do everything you can to prevent it from spreading." Virtue Ethics: "do everything you can to prevent it from spreading."

Now is not the time for moral weakness. Times of crisis are not times to let things casually slide and priorizing our petty pleasures over our civic duty. Do not go out unless you need to, practice social distancing, wash your hands after everything. Carelessness will kill people, and pandemics must be slowed at the beginning, not at the end. Follow the WHO guildlines on how to protect against coronavirus.

Oh, and if you lost your income from the pandemic, you should not be paying rent. Think about organizing with your follow tenants to go on a rent strike. Workers can't be the only ones to have their savings wiped out from a public health crisis. When all is said and done we have to reflect on what caused us to be so unprepared to organize society to act on everyone's behalf (hint: it might have something to do with having all of our institutions based solely around enriching the property owning elite, but hey, who knows).

Now is not the time for moral weakness. Times of crisis are not times to let things casually slide and priorizing our petty pleasures over our civic duty. Do not go out unless you need to, practice social distancing, wash your hands after everything. Carelessness will kill people, and pandemics must be slowed at the beginning, not at the end. Follow the WHO guildlines on how to protect against coronavirus.

Oh, and if you lost your income from the pandemic, you should not be paying rent. Think about organizing with your follow tenants to go on a rent strike. Workers can't be the only ones to have their savings wiped out from a public health crisis. When all is said and done we have to reflect on what caused us to be so unprepared to organize society to act on everyone's behalf (hint: it might have something to do with having all of our institutions based solely around enriching the property owning elite, but hey, who knows).

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