The Virus and US
So, now, a miasma here.
Not only over there, somewhere
backward, but here too in our towns,
gleaning away the soft jostling of
American life; a little money
made and spent, children maturing,
mothers and fathers dying of old age, normal
as it should be, has been, is
normal no more.
The virus roils, exposes our naivety:
Humans have no more purchase of earth
than a virus.
Meet Russell Hvolbek:
Russell Hvolbek is an intellectual historian with a PhD from The University of Chicago. He has written three books, the most recent, Humans: What We Are and Why We Exist, argues that language and the historical fields they produce, brought humans beyond the grooves of nature. Humans came into existence when they became able to name themselves. Humans are a language-historical creation. He is concerned that the utilitarian realm of facts and data have so overwhelmed us, we can no longer ponder what we are.