October 08, 2014

Thomas Duncan dies

I have very mixed feelings about this.

On one hand, it's natural to feel sorry for the guy, since he died horribly. But on another level I'm having a difficult time suppressing feelings of hatred for him.

He knew he was infected with Ebola when he came to the US. He did it because he thought he might get better medical care here, and maybe have a better chance of surviving.

So, in hopes that he himself would survive he decided to risk 300 million Americans getting the same disease, including the family members he was visiting.

No one wants to die, but risking others without their permission or knowledge to save yourself is wrong, evil, hideous, monstrous.

And it didn't save him. He died anyway, but because of him who knows how many Americans might now die?

UPDATE: Potentially or actually sacrificing others to save yourself is cowardice. Heroism is to sacrifice yourself to save others, like this guy. Him I'll mourn. But not Thomas Duncan; he doesn't deserve it.

UPDATE: Brickmuppet is less vindictive than I am.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Rants at 10:26 AM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 My thoughts exactly. A bit of justice for the scumbag. Unfortunately we wasted a lot of resources on prolonging his worthless existence.

There's a certain silver lining in getting acquianted with Ebola through a high-profile case instead of a massive terror attack. Shows how incompetent and politicized our disease control has become, so perhaps something could be done about it.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at October 08, 2014 11:12 AM (RqRa5)

2 I tend to agree with you. With some care, he might have actually traveled to the US for medical care safely. Stewardesses might have asked why he was wearing gloves and a face mask, but he could have done it. And didn't bother.
And then he gets here, and takes no precautions at all, knowing he carries a deadly contagious illness. The guy had no concern at all about the welfare of others, if it conflicted, not with his survival, but even his convenience.
But you could say the same of our 'leaders', who have been so stubborn about not defending our nation against an influx of plague carriers.

Posted by: Brett Bellmore at October 09, 2014 02:36 AM (L5yWw)

Posted by: muon at October 10, 2014 04:40 AM (XIprt)

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