Though answers may change, many questions stand. Dr. Anthony Fauci made an important statement about the fluid responses to the Wuhan virus.
“So when you hear someone say something at one point and then two or three months later, if you stick with what you said at the original time when you had one-fifth of the data that you have now, I think that would be inappropriate.”
COVID is something new. People panicked as it mutated into a global pandemic, not knowing what it is or how to respond.
- Did COVID come from the lab or wet market in Wuhan?
- Was it deliberately enhanced by the Chinese government to make it more deadly?
- Did Xi Jinping (Chinese leader) deliberately spread the virus throughout the world?
- Is it Satan’s, Tam’s, Trump’s, Trudeau’s, Fauci’s, or the World Health Organization’s fault?
- Does closing borders help prevent the spread?
- Are lockdowns effective?
- Do medical grade masks help?
- Do dollar store grade masks help?
- Are the vaccines deadly, effective, or somewhere in between?
- Do ventilators help or harm patients?
- Is hydroxychloroquine a helpful treatment or a placebo?
So many questions. So many deaths, so much suffering. Not just from the illness, but from the disruption it caused. So many people lost their livelihoods, so many other diseases went undiagnosed, untreated.
There are answers to all these questions. The virus originated somewhere. The ventilators had an effect. Masks do something, but we don’t know where or how much. We may never know. The questions stand.
The Talmud, a book of Jewish law and tradition consists mostly of records of discussions between rabbis. Sometimes they agree with each other, sometimes not. The rabbis challenge each other with difficult questions. There are many they cannot resolve, so they declare “Taiku.” It’s an Aramaic word saying the questions stand unanswered. It’s also popularly explained as an acronym for a declaration that Elijah the Prophet will answer all questions with the advent of the Messiah. A declaration of “Taiku” is not an admission of failure.
The man Taiku
Taiku is also the name of a character in Quantum Cannibals. As the chief of a thriving Bronze-Age village Taiku has to build roads, stop bandits,
calm ethnic hostility, and protect refugees, all the while facing an unfathomable foe that threatens to destroy his world. He has many decisions, many questions, but his best source of answers has been murdered.
The invader follows its own version of the real 1999 People’s Liberation Army (China) military treatise “Unrestricted Warfare.” The authors of this
frightening work stress that there is no distinction between war and peace, and that all means should be used to defeat the enemy.
Taiku knows how to deal with most of the issues he faces, but on too many there is no clear answer. The questions stand.
There are few clear answers regarding COVID, its origins or how to deal with it. So much of what was assumed to be true at its outset has been proven false, and vice versa. Politicians have to make informed guesses, relying on experts who for the most part, are also making informed guesses. One says “left,” the other says “right.” The questions stand, but the leaders cannot stand still; they are obliged to act. In hindsight we know who to call brilliant, who to condemn for his foolishness.
We’re hopefully approaching the end of the COVID pandemic. Would it have come quicker if our leaders had acted differently? That’s another question that will stand.
Does Taiku get the answers he needs to save his world? Read Quantum Cannibals to find out.