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Behind the transparent curtain

the broader context of the pandemic
Dr. Petr Simeon Gajdos - interviewed by Bc. Petra Arcimovičová
Dr. Gajdos and I met as fellow therapists and we became friends. I reached out to him after I noticed his interesting posts and poems about the current situation on Facebook. We have written two articles together. This one outlines the connections between the coronavirus pandemic and air pollution and reflects on political and social problems associated with the pandemic and other topics.

(…) Many people outside of the health care profession find wearing a protective mask over their mouth quite bothersome and they feel like they are suffocating. When you wear a suit, you are covered from head to foot and have protective eyewear and a shield over your face. You feel quite awkward dressed like that, kind of like the Michelin man performing a ballet.

(…)But it’s not just about suits and face masks. The separations and divisions imposed on our living space occur on several other levels, too, through the protective measures that we are all subjected to now: transparent shields at cash registers in stores, transparent masks on respirators and protective face shields for emergency medical staff, as well as invisible transparent curtains – the closed borders – a modern-day reminder of the Iron Curtain.

(…) It’s as if everything was divided by a transparent curtain into the space in here and the space out there. I can imagine that one day we’ll tell our children fairy tales about it. “Once upon a time, beyond nine mountain ranges and nine transparent curtains, there was an isolated kingdom.”

(…) There are also natural curtains. The sky is a transparent barrier between life here on Earth and the universe. The area beyond the transparent ozone layer is a world of dangerous galactic and solar radiation. We live in a narrow band on the Earth, in a layer, in a bubble of air that we call, in aggregate, the atmosphere.

(…) But now clouds of droplets carrying the virus are spreading through the atmosphere. The media are disseminating clouds of pandemic information into the ether. In this regard the media doesn’t spare us the details and sometimes the news is unduly dramatic. Information about the pandemic is often misleading, just like opinions about possible solutions. Our steps, I mean on a societal level too, feel like we’re groping through fog.

(…) When I’m driving in foggy weather, I turn on my fog lights and slow down. After the restrictions were imposed, the slowdown came of its own accord; now we just need to turn our lights on.
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I’m the FREEDOM-fighter,
Who honours the memory of those
Who died for YOU,
Sacred WORLD freedom!
In protected but INTERCONNECTED lives.
Dr. Petr Simeon Gajdos
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