Tak­ing is­sue with Clodagh Finn

Irish Examiner - - Opinion -

28 Lan­dale St Box Hill Mel­bourne Aus­tralia

Clodagh Finn (‘Opin­ion’, Au­gust 1) wades, some­what naively, into the mot­tled zone of the ill­ness world and its at­ten­dant mul­ti­far­i­ous stigma hov­er­ing in and around some ‘nor­mal’ hu­man con­di­tion. She first takes aim at the ‘mil­i­tari­sa­tion’ of ‘sick-speak’, whereby ob­nox­ious or­gan­isms and/or aber­rant cel­lu­lar be­hav­iours are fre­quently scoped and scooped (ala ‘journo-re­portage) within the theatre of im­mune bat­tle sys­tems re­plete with with com­bat­ive strate­gies, ter­ri­to­rial tac­tics, pro­pa­ganda dis­tor­tions and per­va­sive power-dy­nam­ics.

Such the­atri­cals are de­lib­er­ately con­jured and con­strued to in­stil a propen­sity to­wards an anx­i­ety which fits the ‘busi­ness’ model and its ‘en­trepreneur­s’.

One doesn’t have to dig too deep to re­alise that the old ma­lig­nant chest­nut of ‘filthy-lu­cre’ has been weav­ing and wield­ing its wicked spell through­out this macabre ex­is­ten­tial con­flict of evo­lu­tion­ary ef­fi­cacy which has raged since time im­memo­rial. While life-ex­pectancy has soared over the cen­turies, one has to won­der about the au­then­tic role of the vari­able ‘shamanic’ rit­u­als, as they have trans­mog

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