Freedom and Life in an Age of Contagion

by Steve Heikkila

“DER DR. SCHNABEL VON ROM.” 17TH CENTURY PLAGUE PHYSICIAN COSTUME. (PUBLIC DOMAIN)

The viral magnifying glass enlarges the characteristics of our contradictions and of our limitations. It is a reality principle that collides with the pleasure principle. Death is its companion.

–Jean-Luc Nancy

We must live with the awareness that conflicts between life and freedom may occur…even if we uphold both universal