Does being in the dark allow you to dehumanise a section of society?
As I’m sure most of you have read by now, Emily Oster, writing in The Atlantic, wants to declare a pandemic amnesty. She want’s us all to forgive each other for what we did and said when we were in the dark about COVID.
Emily wants to skip the apologising phase and go straight to being forgiven. Don’t worry about losing your job, being shunned by friends and family, having your freedom restricted and all the other atrocities that happened over the past few years, turn the other cheek and forgive Emily.
But what kind of person actually needs forgiveness? I certainly don’t. I didn’t say or do anything during the pandemic that needs forgiveness. So who does? Below is a small selection of the types of people that might agree with Emily.