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 We need to retain the critical consciousness of anthropology to respond to the ways that bureaucratic authority will use the pandemic to determine the way our society changes. Many of the responses in many societies has been based on the individual. When we see the pandemic the way scientists do, we see it in terms of numbers of individual cases. It is taken for granted that the goal is to have the lowest numbers overall, and to decrease the rate of growth in individual cases, so that each individual can be treated. As many societies declare that the growth rate has peaked, we now move to a new framework in which individuals are responsible for managing their own personal risk of infection, disease, and death. This specific way of rationally knowing the pandemic is baked into everything we do, and it is reinforced by the authority of scientific rationality. They do the rational thinking for us. Yet, we have to remember what the fluorescent dye is showing us about our society: We are connected. The bureaucratic management of the pandemic only sees individuals,​ it needs to see communities. In this community, people do not have the same resources with which they can protect themselves from risk. My ability to isolate myself at home depends on other people taking additional risk for me, by for instance driving buses and delivering packages. I want to be rationally conscious of this reality no matter what other people say, and I always want it to be part of the decision making about what comes next. We need to retain the critical consciousness of anthropology to respond to the ways that bureaucratic authority will use the pandemic to determine the way our society changes. Many of the responses in many societies has been based on the individual. When we see the pandemic the way scientists do, we see it in terms of numbers of individual cases. It is taken for granted that the goal is to have the lowest numbers overall, and to decrease the rate of growth in individual cases, so that each individual can be treated. As many societies declare that the growth rate has peaked, we now move to a new framework in which individuals are responsible for managing their own personal risk of infection, disease, and death. This specific way of rationally knowing the pandemic is baked into everything we do, and it is reinforced by the authority of scientific rationality. They do the rational thinking for us. Yet, we have to remember what the fluorescent dye is showing us about our society: We are connected. The bureaucratic management of the pandemic only sees individuals,​ it needs to see communities. In this community, people do not have the same resources with which they can protect themselves from risk. My ability to isolate myself at home depends on other people taking additional risk for me, by for instance driving buses and delivering packages. I want to be rationally conscious of this reality no matter what other people say, and I always want it to be part of the decision making about what comes next.
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 Budryk, Zack. 2020. “Fauci: ’You Don’t Make the Timeline. The Virus Makes the Timeline’.” Text. The Hill. March 26, 2020. https://​thehill.com/​policy/​healthcare/​489636-fauci-you-dont-make-the-timeline-the-virus-makes-the-timeline. Budryk, Zack. 2020. “Fauci: ’You Don’t Make the Timeline. The Virus Makes the Timeline’.” Text. The Hill. March 26, 2020. https://​thehill.com/​policy/​healthcare/​489636-fauci-you-dont-make-the-timeline-the-virus-makes-the-timeline.
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