Óscar Reyes-Matute
Philosophy, kabbalah, screenwriting...

A new post-annus horribilis horizon

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Horizon does not mean arrival, it means distant vision, a long way to go. And the roads are covered with less loss if you have maps or, better yet, GPS.

While India, Brazil and Mexico reel in new pandemic waves, the USA already announces the opening of schools, temples, Broadway theaters in September and restaurants and public meeting places in Manhattan. This week the subway will run 24 hours again.

Projects are financed to keep the economy growing, such as the ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act of 2021), and a new proposal by the Democratic administration to increase taxes, that is, a goal of overcoming the Annus horribilis in the short term, whose effect is that the stocks in Wall Street and cryptocurrencies rise slowly but steadily.

It is all a GPS, and due to the colossal influence of the USA on the planet, a sign of where the world seems to go in the coming months. USA is beating China and Russia, again.

Israel appears on the map as the nation in the world most advanced in opening because it has overcome the pandemic. It is a small country, with resources to pay for vaccines and even produce them, very organized in its social institutions, which has been able to vaccinate more than half of its population, and which exhibits the lowest percentage of deaths and seriously ill patients among the developed countries.

What do these two countries have in common?

A colossal ego. One of them believes (I believe it too) that they are the true empire that still rules the planet earth. The other one believes (I also believe it) that they are a nation predestined to be a light for all nations after thousands of years of exile, persecutions, holocausts, wars, hatreds, and amazing lights from its sages, its prophets and creators.

Both countries are hated and envied all over the planet, more than the half of the planet want to destroy them, and that must be one of the reasons why, despite the alternation of administrations in the White House, American policy in the Middle East is, for bad or good, based in Israel and not in Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates.

These two countries are showing that despite China’s irresponsibility (we still do not know if it was criminal intent) in handling the virus, the Western Civilization is capable of overcoming itself, pointing the way, and not falling on its knees before the Asian giant, whose motto is: “Everything that is animated in the four points of the orb must be ruled by the Emperor of the Heavens.”

I said the Western, including for now only Israel and the USA. I did not include Europe, because the response of the Europeans is confused, disjointed, with too many bureaucratic obstacles, as it has always been every time they have to face a war, at the end of which they always end up calling their hated Yankee cousins ​​to send the aircraft carriers and the marines.

Yes, this is a short article of admiration for the USA and Israel. But if you do not agree, please show me what other countries in the world have the same level of response to the crisis caused by China.

USA has the luxury of offering health tourism: “Visit Manhattan this summer: the tourist package includes a visit to Central Park with a Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which has only one dose, so that you do not have to stay 21 days or a month to wait for a second dose. ”

As Mayor Di Blasio says:

“It is a positive message for tourists: come here, it is safe, it is very safe and we are going to take care of you. We are going to assure you that you can get vaccinated while you are here with us. ”

Yes, opportunity capitalism.

Now, if you prefer the solidarity of Russia or China (the creators of the virus), we respect it.

But for now, the post-Annus horribilis horizon is being outlined by the USA and Israel.

There is a path, and it is not light at the end of the tunnel, it is already a horizon

About the Author
Óscar Reyes-Matute (Matu / מאתו), lives in Caracas. He's a philosopher graduated at Andrés Bello Catholic University, with a Master in Political Science at USB. He has been Fulbright Visiting Scholar at NYU on American Studies, and professor of political philosophy at UCAB and UCV. He has published academic papers in universities of Venezuela and Europe, and articles in several newspapers. Since 2008, he is dedicated to study Kabbalah at the Bnei Baruch Institute in Petaj Tikva with Michael Laitman, while works as writer of cinema and television screenplays. He's liryc tenor. Be aware, after a glass of wine, he suddenly can start to sing "Nessun Dorma!"
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