For the public good
May 27, 2020 | 2774 views | 0 0 comments | 360 360 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor,

Living in times of COVID-19 means getting comfy with phrases like “social distancing,” “flatten the curve” and “shelter in place". If you don’t, you’re going to get left in the dust and possibly end up in jail.

Anxiety has turned into panic, and we have become inundated with myriad mandates and restrictions with no basis in science or logic.

Officials released prisoners to prevent them from contracting the virus, but sanctioned placing infected patients into nursing homes. Social and religious gatherings are monitored, liquor stores are essential businesses, and we are permitted to go to a beach but not allowed to go into the water.

According to officials, the purpose of the mandates is to promote the "public good." Or in other words, "the greatest good for the greatest number."

What is the definition of “the good?” Who decides what is good for the greatest number? Who was concerned about the "good" for nursing home patients?

History is replete with examples of actions taken in the name of the "public good." There are historians who believe Joseph Stalin's liquidation of the Kulaks was justified since it was for the benefit of the masses.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt interned American citizens of Japanese ancestry during World War II and Hitler slaughtered millions for what both perceived as the "greater good."

Much depravity has been perpetrated by governments promoting the "public good" while expanding their power and control of their constituents.

Let's examine the purpose and scope of mandates and restrictions. You cannot say that “man has inalienable rights except in an emergency” or “man’s rights cannot be violated except for a good purpose.”

Henry David Thoreau counseled,“If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.”

Sincerely,

Ed Konecnik

Flushing

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