Noah in the Time of Ebola

A new chapter in the story of Ebola in the United States begins as another may be coming to an end.  New York begins to deal with its first confirmed case even as those in Dallas with possible contact with Thomas Eric Duncan have been cleared from quarantine.   We are unsure what will unfold in this country in the next days. What we do know is that the ravage of the disease at its West African epicenter is far from over and that after taking thousands of lives, the virus still rages hot, and human beings continue to suffer and die.

The immediate reaction to the disease has been shaped partly by the workings of scientific discovery and partly by the culture and politics of dealing with rampant fear.  However, what will shape our deeper response to Ebola? How will we be affected by the existence of a killer that lacks rationale or ideology and yet continues to threaten all it can reach?  What if any meaning can be derived from a modern day plague?  Two very different yet complementary sources come to mind as I think about these questions. the rest


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