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Fake News, Sexual Assault, And Corruption: The Unreported Connection

Fake News, Sexual Assault, And Corruption: The Unreported Connection

It’s great to see all the interest in combating sexual abuse, fake news, and corruption, actually being covered by the mainstream. Unfortunately, much of the coverage is only hacking at a branch rather than uprooting the terminally diseased tree of the normalized toxic behavior that these plagues thrive on. There is a thin-lined threshold of toxicity that, even when present in those we love the most, necessitates distancing oneself from it. This does not mean the love for them ceases or is lessened at all. If anything it means the opposite, for the bravery not to enable fashionably toxic behavior seems like an often thankless and alienating task. This truth, that thorough self-care is a prerequisite to truly caring for each other, dispels the deadly myth of contradiction between self-care and altruism.

For many victims of abuse, the thin line of toxicity is made painfully visible, but its obscurity to society at large serves as a smokescreen that abusers rely on to manipulate and maneuver through. They revel in thinking their deceptions are clever, without even considering the true cleverness is in healing their trauma that caused such desperate depravity to begin with. In psychological literature, there is a distinction between diagnosable “clinical narcissism”, and more subtle “possible indicators” of the sickness that are normalized by society. I find this distinction counterproductive, and consider these to be different positions on a spectrum of the same sickness which should be vilified and eradicated all the same. This limiting distinction is an indicator of our culture’s acceptance and institutionalization of behavior that many cultures plainly see as unacceptable.

Psychologists label participation in the validation of normalized narcissistic behavior “narcissistic supply”. So, while it may seem unsupportive or “uncool” not to participate in narcissistic supply, this is actually the most supportive thing one can do. Of course, along with providing constructive information for healing and growth. Unfortunately, such information is unlikely to be heeded by those needing it the most, as hallmarks of narcissists are denial and psychological projection of their own pathologies onto others. This means that dedicated attempts to help are often ignored or shamed through sickened lenses of cynicism.

After years of research and experience on the subject, I have no problem risking projection and misunderstanding by abusers, in fact it is a badge of honor among empaths. Narcissism is being heavily, systematically promoted and exploited throughout all levels of society, to the point that it’s acceptance is subconsciously normalized. This is a matter of tiny investment by those standing to profit most from continued discord. This tragedy is observable even among so-called counter-culture and conscious communities, because, “don’t kill my vibes, bro. Peace and love only.”

“There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own Soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” – C.G. Jung

This is not a conspiracy theory, but rather, a well-documented case of profit and exploitation at all costs. Let’s look at Facebook for example, a practical monopoly whose profiled manipulation of users is an open secret. They pioneered the manipulation, debasement, and commodification of users for an advertising revenue that is arguably less than simply charging a modest membership fee to opt out of manipulation.

This was detailed in a great episode of “Adam Ruins Everything.” By Facebook not adding this single, simple, and direct option of a paid membership in exchange for opting out of manipulation and commodification, one can see clearly the charade playing out in their PR stunts of “social initiatives”, and pathetically ineffective methods to combat fake news. Until this obvious solution of an opt-out option is solidly implemented, the public should be fully aware that Facebook is explicitly complicit with all the drama surrounding fake news and public manipulation.

Of course, any major media outlets discussing the fake news and Russia topic don’t even touch on this root cause, preferring to stick to very shallow finger pointing at the Russian boogeyman. This is part of the victimhood culture promoted to abdicate personal responsibility through the illusion of powerlessness. That illusion will persist as long as we continue to prioritize irrelevant media over thoughtful, useful, and original content.

One can regularly observe thoughtful content that took hours, even days to produce, being passed over by mutual friends for useless one sentence posts, pictures of generic consumption, or unoriginal meme reposts. A personal favorite is the posts just to cheer on a team or celebrity. Those millionaires certainly don’t need your support. For followers that do care, the info could hardly be more public.

We can strengthen each other through genuine interest and support, by ending celebrity worship and other forms of coddling the mainstream horror-story-cast-as-fairy-tale of individual insignificance. The impression has been constructed the we must stoop down to consistently relate to each other on any level other than small talk, argument, or insult, but there is no stooping needed when our tide of genuine community raises all ships. Let’s brush off the “10 posts a day just to be seen,” paradigm, and stand up into our true power: conscious coherence.

Profitability Has Never Excused Criminality: A Message To Facebook, Google, and Twitter:

Open source your algorithms, and eliminate all manipulative experimentation unless very specifically opted-in. Allow people to turn feed filtering off completely or set their own totally customizable parameters. Charge a modest membership fee if necessary to avoid commodifying and cheapening every aspect of communication possible.

There is no hiding behind knowingly selling vast and intricate personal data to be weaponized by the highest bidder. Make these simple and straightforward steps toward improvement, or at least finally admit that you openly worship fascism and anti-intellectualism. The line has been drawn and those in charge of these companies, along with conscious users, know with certainty that anything less is a shameful PR stunt.

It’s time to reevaluate for sustainability “a business model that relies entirely on psychological manipulation and mass surveillance. The capacity to manipulate people at scale is being sold to the highest bidder, and has infected every aspect of civic life, including democratic elections and journalism.

Together with climate change, this algorithmic takeover of the public sphere is the biggest news story of the early 21st century. We desperately need journalists to cover it. But as they grow more dependent on online publishing for their professional survival, their capacity to do this kind of reporting will disappear, if it has not disappeared already.” – Anatomy of a Moral Panic

“The proliferation of fake news and propaganda on Facebook and YouTube has partially been caused by a platform design that rewards content that generates the most attention irrespective of quality. The lack of self-regulation that caused this has been dressed up as platform ‘neutrality.’” – Does a free press mean more regulation for Facebook?

“The real story of algorithms and machine learning is how these technologies are affecting communities and societies. The algorithm story only makes sense when it’s rooted in a larger context of power relationships between people.”

“These systems, which would require an extraordinary level of oversight to run safely, are being deployed across the planet by naive Stanford grads with almost no human supervision, for profit, and have the potential to profoundly reshape our society.” – Do Facebook and Google have control of their algorithms anymore? A sobering assessment and a warning

The Hindu writes about their experience being “shadow banned,” on their verified Twitter account of 4.5 million followers. If this is happening to such large, verified publishers, imagine the scale of silent censorship upon marginalized individuals for simply raising awareness about certain “unprofitable” topics. We still seem collectively dumbfounded at how entire nations have fallen into fascism. How did they miss all the warning signs, and how were so many complicit, with some of the worst offenders supposedly “just doing their jobs?”

Avoiding topics or otherwise self-censoring just to please algorithms is a modern day equivalent to complicity in the past, but it’s still just as profit-driven. Let’s rise above, “just doing the algorithms job.” There are a lot more subtly sinister forces at play today dividing us than in generations past, and the profit model has been streamlined by orders of magnitude. However, we’re entirely capable of reloading the digital weapons firing at us with knowledge and love instead. We can’t bury our heads in the sand and call it “love and light,” and we have to stop believing the PR that euphemistically calls the surrender of our power “staying connected.”

Additional Resources:

Group Coherence Through Communication Discernment: Reason & Etiquette Amid Sensationalism & Commodification

‘Way too little, way too late’: Facebook’s factcheckers say effort is failing

BBC: “Facebook, Twitter and Google berated by senators on Russia”

First Draft News: “One year on, we’re still not recognizing the complexity of information disorder online”

Texas Tribune: “A Russian Facebook page organized a protest in Texas. A different Russian page launched the counterprotest.”

Media Manipulation and Disinformation Online

“News you don’t believe”: Audience perspectives on fake news


Group Coherence Through Communication Discernment: Reason & Etiquette Amid Sensationalism & Commodification

Group Coherence Through Communication Discernment: Reason & Etiquette Amid Sensationalism & Commodification


To avoid being used as tools of our own oppression by ruthlessly profit-driven and psychologically exploitational social tools, we must remain informed of the arsenal preying on our weaknesses. Only then are we equipped with an awareness that can utilize the momentum of would-be attacks for our own empowerment, in the style of judo martial arts. Advertisers and politicians have an extremely detailed data set of personal profiles equiping them for advanced manipulation through the media we’re displayed. At the heart of our profiled manipulation is communication debasement and narrative direction, through the normalization of sensationalism. This is a smokescreen masking our stellar potential by degrading communication under the guise of entertainment and sociability. The irony of this sensationalist “sociability” is that while it parades as hypersocial, it is fundamentally sociopathic, and thus antisocial.
“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”
– Jiddu Krishnamurti
Sensationalism is the sinisterly subtle, anti-intellectual element of fascism, dressing it up in a shiny, but ugly and toxic mask. People trick themselves into pretending it’s pretty and desirable, only because of subconscious conditioning to selectively perceive a narrow range of possibilities. Please stop the “shit-posting”, meme trolling, and useless, attention-grabbing, over-posting. Stop interacting with and feeding it too, especially in place of more thoughtful and original content. These flashy debasements are not meaningful communication, but symptoms of dis-ease and a cry for help.
“But, the algorithms,” and “everyone else,” or, “it’s just entertainment,” are not excuses, they’re self-fulfilling prophecies. For a clean newsFeed, Feed your conscience, not your vices. Conscious entertainment is informative and stimulating, not numbing and distracting. Even when constrained within a strictly profit-driven monopoly like EgoBook, it’s a global media platform, in an age where we’ve never had more clear reasons and power to step up as the only reasonable media left, (aside from a handful of independent and mostly nonprofit, overlooked organizations and individuals).
When people deny this responsibility and opportunity, a sickening cognitive dissonance reduces them to unwitting cheerleaders of both sides of the polarized extremism of false-opposition politics. Despite any attempts made to appear clearly against the corruption on both sides, or conditionally in support of one side, that is outright impossible without participating in truly coherent, empowered communication. Group coherence is only possible when those jockeying for narcissistic attention aren’t given priority over those who maintain the common courtesy of discernment in their communications.
You are the beholder in whose eye beauty may either lie or stand True. Know this wHOlLY, and that any attempt at convincing otherwise, no matter how subtle or grand, is but petty provocation that’s conquered at a whim within your own heart, mind, and spirit of gold. This is a call to empowerment, not an attempt to shame. It’s painful to see the degradation when people overlook thoughtful, original content, and then, for example, “like” a useless, one-sentence complaint about first-world problems, or otherwise participate in the useless distractions of lowest common denominator media, making a mockery of our highest potential. It’s important to remember though, that the thoughtful and overlooked are not the ones degrading themselves in those situations. You may have heard the saying “vote with your dollars”. Our technology is advanced enough now to vote very meaningfully with your mind and voice. We must be conscious not to be consumed by what we consume, or possessed by what we possess.


Entheogen-Induced Neurogenesis

Entheogen-Induced Neurogenesis


Love must be perceived to be fully received.
Don’t heave when you achieve
the power to conceive and believe.

It’s called reality,
not triviality.

Look deeper
to free your keeper.

Through this lexicon
is our connection.
Never mind complexion,
that’s not even a question.
Practice thorough dissection
to determine true direction.
sun
It’s not only fun, but healthy and fulfilling to remember to perceive all encounters with darkness as elicitations of light within yourself. Sure, there are times that negativity is futile and even counterproductive to address externally, (especially when the response plays into the same trap of negativity), but the internal response or non-response is always worth consideration. Maintain a waking meditation of open-heartedness projecting through your entire being, breath, movements, actions, and words. We really do love us. All we have to do is open the blinds to shine.

Meditation is fun,
it’s like, flipping a ton,
unzipping the sun…
being All and No One.

Activating new diverse neural connections
while realizing the center of consciousness
is the center of the universe.

Iridescent fluorescent – metallic holographic
morphing crystal lasers
undulating omniscient unity

Much elaboration in these regards
can be masturbation towards
illusory projections of misperceptions.
lighttunnel
While subliminally sublimating subconsciousness,
be sure to extricate exponential experiential expressive evolution,
the unending, undulating, unearthing of undeveloped unknowns.

It takes goodness’ sake – to partake in
ending egomania, before we’re all raked in.

Beyond algorithmic selfies, consumption, and fallacies,
to setting selves free with balance please,
before we’re brought to our knees.

You can still say “cheese” while appreciating the breeze,
it’s just, how can we cure disease while poisoning and raising the seas?


Divine Strength Mantra

Divine Strength Mantra


I am immaculate;
perfectly self-aware.

There is no limit to the bliss
that I exist

within

this illustrious skin
is impermeable to illusions like sin

I am I
and I get high
on knowledge of Self.

I have no weaknesses.
(Other than those I admit,
but to admit is to submit,
and that’s something I quit.)

Grow like a tree
Blossom like a flower
Yield like a fruit

When you know that you are me
we have the almighty power
to let revolution take root.

I am the Leader, unopposed;
the One and the All, cosmically disposed.

Constantly projecting the sacred light of I and I
and consulting only the Inner Council of Source.

There is no victory or defeat,
only lessons with varying degrees of depth & difficulty.
False perceptions of duality
cannot compare to the infinity of Singularity.

The boundless reserve of Divine Strength within all beings
is drawn upon freely
by those allowing themselves the capacity
for unpacified, spontaneous Creation & Compassion,

Now!

Arise to Thyself and be greeted by God.
transcension_web-1200x600(Art by Cameron Gray of Parable Visions)


Herb-Fueled Revolution

Herb-Fueled Revolution


Ganja is the best herb to inhale
proven to kill more than one cancer cell.

When I incinerate,
I invigorate my state
and promulgate
the neutralization of hate.

Hate is cancerous;
herbs: splendiferous.

Prescribe yourself to health
grant not the continued mass pillage of wealth
by the establishment of toxic industries
(pharmaceuticals, petroleum, textiles… please!)
We takin’ steady low blows for the status quo
keepin’ us outta the know, and them rollin’ in dough.

Uprising is past due
the right to medicate is within YOU

Gotta keep on tryin’ to impede
the stampedes of greed
that force us to cede
our rights to grow weeds
and fulfill essential soul-manifesting needs.

The international establishment of corporate control
seems composed of very few souls that are whole;
hostile to earth, and peace, and yes even your niece!

They must know I smoke dope
for the hope
and the ability to cope
with this tyranny of such a large scope.

I’m done being spun around for their fun
our freedom they only shun
because they are not at One
with anything that they cannot run.

If the oppressors refuse to learn
that the universe is infinite and interconnected
well, then certainly they must burn
and be permanently ejected.

As we’re just chillin’, trying to relax,
these rude savages be layin’ a fat tax.

Tax on our freedoms. When we’re out on the weekend,
we keep to ourselves, while they be sneakin’ and peakin’.

Our lives strive for progression
while theirs just cause regression.

We will never bow to their manufactured gods,
or desecrate our selves for their fairy-tale redemptions.
Neither shall we buy any of their frauds,
like those nasty, poisonous, pharmaceutical addictions.

As corporations dominate our culture
and redefine crime
Indigo Children arise to recreate culture
and rediscover time.

We rage against the olden age
and blaze into the future phase

with hence haste and zero-waste:
transitively & transcendentally, extremely evolving;
solving amid receding sea shores
and revolving office doors

In the face of chaos
we dance across
the moss on the cross
into the heaven within which we know to exist
in the infinite now, so take a vow & enlist.
tree


Pick Up

Pick Up


It’s called your calling because it’s calling you nonstop, leaving messages everywhere through the direct universal connection of all matter.
The more you ignore it, the louder the ringing gets, and more urgent and agitated the messages are.

Pick up to be picked out,
to receive instructions for being shipped clout,
or just get kicked about
until you cleanse The Doors of Perception enough to hear the shout.
anamorphosis (Painting by Anamorphosis Art)


Platonic Intimacy

Platonic Intimacy


Integrate integrity to elevate the Sacred Key.
It’s through intimacy that into-me-I-see.
If we truly decree to be free, we can’t withhold for the sake of brevity.
Radically open sharing means actually caring and bearing, not just staring.
Fully contemplate, rather than denigrate based on parts of yourself that you hate.

Please help me help you help we, in endless reciprocity.
In platonic intimacy our EMBRACE lights the EMBers of the human RACE,
to fuel the fire that will propel us to space.
embrace
Its funny how corrupted cultural values limit masculinity to its most base level by not embracing what are perceived as feminine qualities like platonic intimacy. Its not actually ironic that to be fully masculine you have to embrace your feminine side, the irony is the dudes who think they are macho but actually cowards. Flip the script, open authenticity is brave, the cowards are the queers, we’ve evolved beyond normalizing the fear of oneself.
intimacy


Public Sphere or Public’s Fear

Public Sphere or Public’s Fear


I would rather have the Public Sphere,
than just the Public’s Fear.
Mass media says, “Don’t Be Here,
stay lost as you watch this, fear this, hate this, and buy this,
while we rewrite Bliss,
and sell it back as the kiss… of death…
disguised as what you miss, at best.”
phidoublespiral


On Indifference To Injustice

On Indifference To Injustice


If we just stand by,
we’re dust and sand as we cry.
Instead of seeing the sky,
we just sigh and then die,
rather than unify
to answer and ask why.

The more we bring into the light, the less our chances of extinction. Likewise, to ignore or deny one’s responsibility in revelation and genuine community is a vote for extinction, every time.

In terms of indifference to fundamental injustice, there is no excuse. “Well at least it’s not me or us for now, they shouldn’t have exercised their rights like THAT.” It’s always us, always has been, and always will be.

I’m addressing injustice and indifference in general, and not in support of any hatred, rioting, or other such dumbfuckery used to fan the flames of division. The racial divide narrative is pushed so hard only to divert attention from the root cause of drug prohibition, which has been admitted as engineered political terrorism by the man who was chief domestic advisor to the infamously corrupt President Nixon when they first announced the disastrous “war on drugs” in 1971.

“‘You want to know what this was really all about?’ he asked with the bluntness of a man who, after public disgrace and a stretch in federal prison, had little left to protect. ‘The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.'” – John Ehrlichman, Nixon’s chief domestic advisor
nixon


Human Rights Are Sacred

Human Rights Are Sacred


Human rights are sacred, regardless of religion. The blasphemous traitors opposing human rights in the Land of the Free are free to land their fascism off-shore, preferably on the ocean floor. True Americans will have no tyranny in the Land of Liberty. From sea to shining sea, we say to anti-American oppressors, “there will be an answer, let it be.”

How ironic to extol the virtues of the free market and American values like freedom and independence, while violently enforcing the monopolies of organized crime and dominant industries that continue to plague our nation and planet. We can no longer afford the degeneracy of extremist partisanship and rigged elections that are fed by America’s lowest common denominator mainstream media.

In spite of bought-out government, rampant illiteracy, and rabid partisanship, we declare 2016 as the year of American Emancipation from the terrorism of prohibition. The “war on drugs” has been a war on human rights, a fact increasingly reflected in civilized democracies who have reaped the enormous benefits of freedom. Lucid Spontaneous Dynamics rises with the many prominent voices internationally who have joined in condemnation of the obvious evils of prohibition. A few of these voices are:

Global Commission on Drug Policy
International Drug Policy Consortium
Cato Institute
Drug Policy Alliance
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP)
Declaration of Independence


Jesus and his Religion – Alan Watts

Jesus and his Religion – Alan Watts


The real Gospel of Jesus Christ and his disciples, the reason for their martyrdom, is no hidden secret, despite it’s history of being brutally suppressed by dictators. The Gospel survives in several places in the Bible, yet to this day the majority of people identifying as Christians are anti-Christian in the most fundamental way. Below is the audio and selected transcript excerpts from a speech by Alan Watts (1915-1973) detailing this issue.
Full speech here.
“I am a son of God,” well there’s the whole thing in a nutshell. If you read the King James Bible, you will see in italics, in front of the words “son of God,” the “son of God.” Most people think the italics are for emphasis. They’re not. The italics indicate words interpolated by the translators. You will not find that in the Greek. In the Greek it says, a son of God.

It seems to me here perfectly plain. That Jesus has got it in the back of his mind that this isn’t something peculiar to himself. So when he says, “I am the Way, no Man comes to the Father but by me.” This “I am” this “Me” is the divine in us.

We are sons of, or, “of the nature” of God, manifestations of the divine. This discovery is the gospel. That is the Good News. But this has been perpetually repressed throughout the history of Western religion.
We are all sons of God.
All Western religions have taken the form of celestial monarchies, and therefore have discouraged democracy in the kingdom of heaven. Because you see, they have a religion which is militant. Which is not the religion of Jesus, which was the realization of divine son-ship, but the religion about Jesus, which pedestalizes him, and which says only this man, of all the sons of women was divine, and you had better recognize it!

So it becomes a freak religion, just as it has made a freak of Jesus among natural man. It claims uniqueness, not realizing, that what it does teach would be far more credible if it were truly Catholic. That is to say, re-stated again, the truths which have been known from time immemorial. Which have appeared in all the great cultures of the world.

You are not serving your country if you think that it’s necessarily the best of all possible countries. That is doing a disservice to your country. It is refusing to be critical where criticism is proper. So of religion, every religion should be self-critical, otherwise it soon degenerates into a self-righteous hypocrisy.

Popular Protestantism and popular Catholicism, will tell you nothing about mystical religion. The message of the preacher 52 Sundays a year, is dear people, be good! But how? How are we going to change? Obviously, there cannot be a vitality of religion, without vital religious experience. That’s something much more than emoting over singing “Onward Christian Soldiers.”

We run a talking shop. We pray, we tell God what to do, or give advice (as if he didn’t know). We read the scriptures. And remember talking of the Bible, Jesus said, “You search the scriptures daily, for in them you think you have life!”

I feel then you see that it’s enormously important that Churches stop being talking shops. They become centers of contemplation. What is contemplation? Con-Temple, it’s what you do in the temple! You don’t come to the temple to chatter, but to be still, and “know that I am God.”

If the Christian religion, if the Gospel of Christ is to mean anything at all, instead of just being one of the forgotten religions, along with Osiris and Mithra, we must see Christ as the great mystic. In the proper sense of the word mystic, not someone who has all sorts of magical powers, and understands spirits, and so on. A mystic, strictly speaking, is one who realizes union with God, by whatever name. This seems to me, the crux and message of the gospel. Summed up in the prayer of Jesus which Saint John records, as he speaks over his disciples praying, “that they may be one, even as you Father and I are one.” That they may be all one. All, realize this divine son-ship, or oneness, basic identity with the eternal energy of the universe, and the love that moves the sun and other stars.


Many Things in Few Words : Addressed to Those Who Think

Many Things in Few Words : Addressed to Those Who Think

I came across this author, Charles Caleb Colton (1780–1832) while searching for a quote, and ended up finding so many good relevant ones that I threw my favorites together here and downloaded his book. Enjoy these and a free download of “Lacon, Or, Many Things in a Few Words: Addressed to Those who Think” . His most famous quote is “Imitation is the sincerest flattery.”

If it helps make these relatable, replace the terms “writer” with “literate internet user”, “publishing” with “sharing”, and “books” with “posts”.

“To write what is worth publishing, to find honest people to publish it, and get sensible people to read it, are the three great difficulties in being an author.”
“That writer does the most who gives his reader the most knowledge and takes from him the least time”
“When you have nothing to say, say nothing.”
“Many books require no thought from those who read them, and for a very simple reason; they made no such demand upon those who wrote them.”
“We ask advice, but we mean approbation.”
“Ladies of Fashion starve their happiness to feed their vanity, and their love to feed their pride.”
“It is an easy and vulgar thing to please the mob, and no very arduous task to astonish them”
“To be obliged to beg our daily happiness from others bespeaks a more lamentable poverty than that of him who begs his daily bread.”
“Vice has more martyrs than virtue; and it often happens that men suffer more to be lost than to be saved”
“A harmless hilarity and a buoyant cheerfulness are not infrequent concomitants of genius; and we are never more deceived than when we mistake gravity for greatness, solemnity for science, and pomposity for erudition.”
“We owe almost all our knowledge not to those who have agreed, but to those who have differed”
“The soundest argument will produce no more conviction in an empty head than the most superficial declamation; a feather and a guinea fall with equal velocity in a vacuum”
“Afflictions sent by providence melt the constancy of the noble minded, but confirm the obduracy of the vile, as the same furnace that liquefies the gold, hardens the clay”
“No company is preferable to bad, because we are more apt to catch the vices of others than their virtues, as disease is far more contagious than health”