Re: Free Will and AIDS Spreaders

douglass st.christian (stchri@MCMAIL.CIS.MCMASTER.CA)
Fri, 3 Jun 1994 09:19:36 -0400

the title says it all....

i find it amazing and deeply deeply troubling that a group of
anthropologists can engage in a discussion using an analagy of such
brutal and insensitive innacuracy that it betrays a fundamental ignorance
of the real world.

AIDS, as both a north american and a global epidemic [ and the two are
not the same thing] has never been about choosing to run the risk of
spreading or being exposed to the virus believed cause AIDS. The AIDS
epidemic in its various forms around the world has never been about
people choosing, by free will or whatever banality it is you people claim
to be discussing, to takes risk or expose others to danger.

Educate yourselves on the epidemiological facts before, in a public
forum, you trumpet insensitive and ignorant innacuracies and

This whole thread, with AIDS as its analogical centre, has been offensive
and reflective of a fundamental and profound problem in addressing AIDS
as a social problem in both N.A. and around the world. People who should
know better simply don't.

Discuss free will. Hell, discuss how many anthropologists it takes to
write the ethnography of angels living on the head of pin. But do it with
intelligence and with at least a basic grasp of the world you claim to be
students of.