Wednesday, March 25, 2020

COVID-19 Physical Distancing: Limiting, Freeing or Both?

"Then I saw all the brown birds were trying to kill the yellow one, and that started my thoughts off as it might anybody's. Is it always kind to set a bird at liberty? What exactly is liberty? First and foremost, surely, it is the power of a thing to be itself. In some ways the yellow bird was free in its cage. It was free to be alone. It was free to sing. In the forest, its feathers would be torn to pieces and its voice choked forever. Then I began to think that being oneself, which is liberty, is itself limitation. We are limited by our brains and our bodies; and if we break out, we cease to be ourselves and perhaps, to be anything." - G. K. Chesterton