LRO 334: “Uncertainty in the Time of Coronavirus”


When they poured across the border
I was cautioned to surrender
This I could not do

(Leonard Cohen, The Partisan)

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LRO 334
30th March 2022


Uncertainty in the Time of Coronavirus
François Ansermet | Lausanne, Switzerland

Alongside the coronaviruses we see another pandemic appearing, that of a generalised uncertainty which has become a current form of civilisation’s discontents. Until now hidden by the hopes generated by science, uncertainty is spreading even faster than the virus itself and is creating a crisis within society. There is the uncertainty regarding new variants, uncertainty as to the measures to implement, or uncertainty about vaccination, including that of children. Has uncertainty become a reason for not vaccinating? Or should one vaccinate children despite this uncertainty? How can one choose? Which way should we place our bet? Uncertainty reveals the extent to which taking a gamble is inescapable…… [Read full article]

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