Easter Among the Lepers

It’s almost Easter, and therefore time to watch Ben-Hur — a movie about a man who redeems himself and defeats hatred and fear by breaking the strictest of all social distancing taboos and descending into the leper colony. 

Today, meanwhile, we turn our whole world into a universal leper colony through the agency of our governments and our panic — using public shaming and police powers to reinforce hatred and fear. 

The government and fear — an unbeatable combination, at least in an age devoid of independent thought, self-reliance, spiritual maturity, and resignation in the face of life’s vicissitudes.

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