Taking issue with Clodagh Finn
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