Has Trump learned anything from Covid-19? Absolutely not (Guardian, Opinion) "Wed like to believe that suffering instructs and ennobles. But, once again, Donald Trump seems to be ineducable"
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Ever since we learned that there are ways to limit the spread of Covid-19, we have understood that mask-wearing was intended not only to safeguard our own wellbeing but to ensure the safety of others. Social distancing was not simply a means of personal protection but a civic responsibility that might protect the most vulnerable and, as it has turned out, the otherwise healthy young people who, tragically, have succumbed to the virus.

Even if we dont believe in science, even if we dont believe in the virus, even if we dont believe in the efficacy of wearing masks, we might, it seems to me, have adopted some version of Pascals famous wager. Though the existence of God cannot be definitively proven, posited the 17th-century philosopher, it would be wise to assume and behave as if God does exist....

Regardless of our stance on the course and prevention of the pandemic, why not take the gamble: wear a mask, keep our distance and protect the lives of other people? But this response presupposes that we care about the lives of other people.

Donald Trump, his advisers and many of his fans have made it abundantly clear that they do not.
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Wed like to believe that suffering instructs and ennobles; that our grief, fear and pain increases our sympathy for the grief, fear and pain of others. But again, Donald Trump seems to be ineducable, impervious to shame, guilt or any sense of personal responsibility, unaffected by anything except vanity, selfishness and reckless self-regard. Certainly, the experience of having his blood oxygen level drop so low that supplemental oxygen was required must have been alarming, and yet the president continues to believe that bluster is the best medicine.


A well reasoned argument is like a diamond: impervious to corruption and crystal clear - and infinitely rarer.

Here, as elsewhere, people are outraged at what feels like a rigged game -- an economy that won't respond, a democracy that won't listen, and a financial sector that holds all the cards. - Robert Reich