Monday, August 17, 2009

1692 and 2009

I just finished reading The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe - a marvelous book about the Salem witch trials and the view of women today.

I was thinking about the world of America in 1692 and how that it may not be that much different than what some people believe today.

1692: Illness was a sign of God's disappointment in you or a a bewitchment by someone who wished you ill.

2009: If you can't afford health insurance then that must be a sign of God's disappointment in you, that you're not wealthy enough, healthy enough or have a good enough job - or maybe it's a bewitchment by people who wish you ill (like everyone who refuses to accept a public and afford health insurance option).

The more things change.....


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