Wednesday, April 29, 2009
We should no longer call the current flu epidemic (?) the swine flu. Rather, it should be referred to as H1N1 which you have to admit is a much catchier name. The announcement was made earlier in a joint statement which included Tom Vilsack, the Secretary of Agriculture.
Since swine (pork, bacon, pink meat, pig, or what have you) have little to do with what causes this virus to proliferate, it is as a matter-of-fact, inappropriate to use that moniker. The effect on the industry has been serious as sales of pork related products have plummeted. For in house reasons which make sense to them, the people who name outbreaks found reason to assign the name. (Ed.: Um, isn't it a little late for that?)
Our current administration, who never really fully understood Shakespeare, chose to rename the rose despite its lingering aura of sweetness. Not “terror” but “man made disaster;” and men and women of valor who served to maintain freedom in a troubled world are now “right-wing extremists,” and other simple names have been replaced by multi-syllabic aberrations which either distort or ignore their original and clear intent.
So, in fact, this constitutes a reversal of appellation appropriateness. Thus we have a failure to penalize an innocent industry (pork production,) by associating it with an apparent deadly virus. According to the Centers for Disease Control, we may safely continue to overdose and clog our arteries on bacon, chops and ham sandwiches. Can someone clear this up for me? This development has me confused.
In His abiding love,
Posted by One of the Moons at 10:57 AM