Dismissing essential workers as “heroes”

"USDA subcontract staff boxing multiple-week supplemental food boxes for children in rural locations," by Lance Cheung

We Are All Called to Be ‘Heroes’,” by Elam D. Jones (Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Autumn/Winter 2020, 19-21)


In “We Are All Called to Be ‘Heroes’,” Elam D. Jones explains why he is wary of the popular pandemic practice of calling essential workers “heroes.”

I have come to understand that the label “hero” and how it has been employed in the United States to refer to essential workers not only generates complicated and ambiguous feelings

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Pandemic reset

Never mind the endless cycling
of what we call news

ensorcelling tales of political theater,
social distress, and un-
natural disasters

things happening
elsewhere.

We are in the salutary midst
of the fall.

XVI The Tower trump card from the Marseilles deckWhat is close
is real.

Think of children
now schooled

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William Stringfellow, Part 7: Stratagems of the worldly powers

"The Tower of Babel" (בָּבֶל מִגְדַּל), by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1563)

Continuing my series on Stringfellow’s An Ethic for Christians and Other Aliens in a Strange Land (1973).


When William Stringfellow uses the biblical language of the Book of Revelation, he is not referring to beings or events of some future supernatural “end time.”  He is using it—as did Revelation’s author and first audience—to refer poetically to things of this present world, this mortal human world.

Chapter 4 is “Stratagems of the demonic powers.”  The demonic denies

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