Whom to blame?

MELMAN Charles
Date publication : 08/04/2020
Dossier : Traduction éditoriaux
Sous dossier : En anglais


Whom to blame?
Certain people say that there are two types of epidemic. One is spread by the Internet and ends up, for example, in a crowd getting together around some false news, or even sometimes some true news that demands vengeance: string them up, put the head on a pike! The other one which is current today is viral, but shares some traits with the first through the multiplication of opinions and their gathering in the search for the guilty party, who, supported by the committee of enquiry, will be given a hard time.
For this is the trap of the current era: liberal, so-called, it no longer knows who is the master, nor what causes it. Thus the effective master, the elected regime, spends its time excusing itself, justifying itself, promising that it will do better, presenting itself as the best servant of an angry electorate. At the same time, the crowd that gathered as a linchpin disperse in every direction in order to locate the cause and its remedies.
In the era of artificial intelligence, the intelligence of common sense seems to have disappeared. And science, our supreme reference, seems disarmed since the virus reminds us that it is capable of adaptation, in other words of mutating and can announce the coming of others with the dysregulation of the climate. Apparently we lack masks, but on the other hand we have the sinister Chinese, and the pitiful American, who make us believe that it’s carnival time.
At the time in which the Chinese empire is at work conquering the planet, a tiny conquering little beast, reminds us that it can win by sweeping aside a species occupied in enjoying with no regard for life. Nature, already masked before the virus by the Peking fog, which thus gives us a reminder, opens Freud at the page regarding the prevalence of the death drive. Will Freud vindicate it?
C Melman
04 avril 2020
Traduction faite par Michael Plastow

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