I came across a new word today.
I’m sitting here contemplating the fluff in my navel while Herself had the radio on in her room. I wasn’t listening as I wasn’t interested and the volume was low anyway. But words floated out on the ether from time to time – corona, mask, vaccinations, antigen – and then the word appeared – derisking. Wow! I hadn’t heard that one before.
I gather they were waffling on about the Virus and what the fuck was to be done next, as the numbers are rising and they have promised no more lockdowns. So they were talking about Antigen Testing as a “way forward”. Now I gather this test is tricky, not pleasant and not very reliable but – and here we go – it could be a “Derisking Device”. People could test themselves and thereby judge the risk of visiting Granny or somesuch.
Two words that are extremely popular these days are “risk” and “safety”. The strange thing is that I don’t remember hearing them much in my formative years. My parents never urged me to play safely or not to do something that might be risky. As a result I did things that would make a modern Elf and Saferty Officer have a fit of conniptions.
I used to play in the ruins in the field behind my house, crawling under unstable slabs of concrete. I used to go wading out into the local lime-pits which were full of water and very deep [I can’t swim]. On the subject of water I spent a very happy summer rowing around every day in the open sea on my own [no lifejacket and still couldn’t swim]. I used to cycle everywhere be it country roads or the heart of the city. My parents never used to know where I was unless I was at home or at school. No one ever urged me to be safe. No one ever mentioned risk.
Of course I suppose it’s possible that my parents just wanted to be rid of me?
But now everyone is frightened. They are frightened of the Virus. They are frightened of the climate. They are frightened of the smell of tobacco smoke. They look to the gubmint to tell them what is safe or what is risky.
So now there is a testing kit to derisk their lives?