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The Envy List #23: Cruising with Corona
Superspreading on the Diamond Princess Cruise Line
1.Would you believe there’s a place where Palestine vs. Israel doesn’t matter? It’s called “Hotel Corona.” Listen...
Israeli society is pretty segregated. Arabs and Jews tend to live in separate cities and go to separate schools. I mean, yes, you will see them both in the market. But seeing them together in an exercise class by choice, having fun.It really is the perfect reality TV show setup - 200 people from all walks of life - Israelis, Palestinians, religious, secular - all recovering from COVID-19, some of them fresh from the hospital, now forced to live together in a hotel until they're no longer contagious. And they call this place Hotel Corona.
—"Hotel Corona” from the podcast “Rough Translation” from NPR
2. Racism is a personal sin we all must reckon with. Read more…
The spiritual virus will only recede when the church as a whole proclaims the gospel of life in word and deed. Opposing racism and prejudice must be part of the church’s pro-life stance.
—”A Call to Conversion” by Dale M. Coulter from First Things
3. I couldn’t stop reading this account of the first cruise ship to be quarantined off shore in Japan for exposure to Covid-19. Read more…
The cruise ship captivated the world as it docked in Yokohama, harboring Covid-19—and 3,711 people who became subjects in a life-and-death quarantine experiment.
—”27 Days in Tokyo Bay: What Happened on the Diamond Princess” by Lauren Smiley from Wired Magazine
4. What would the Apostle Paul have to say about living through quarantine? Read more…
Paul addresses a ton of problems within the [Corinthian] church, but it seems to me that most have a common root: Corinthian Christians lived to satisfy themselves, acting as if they had no obligation to each other. …The church at Corinth was just a hot mess of self-justified decadence and bickering. And, if I’m honest, I relate to these struggles much more than I’d like to.…On all counts, Paul insists, Christians need to think about how their actions — the exercise of their rights — affect other people. His conclusion? It is far better to lay down your rights than to compromise your brothers and sisters.
—"A Corinthian in Quarantine” by Lisa Elmers from The Advent Journal (My church’s blog ;-))
5. America loves a good cop TV show—to its detriment. Listen…
There are always gaps between reality and fiction, but given what policing in America has too often become, Hollywood’s version of it looks less like fantasy and more like complicity.
—”Why Hollywood Loves Cop Stories” from the podcast, Post Reports (based on this article)
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