What to believe?

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Photo: Peter Župník

It is not the virus that is the black swan of  our times, as the virus is predictable. And neither is it the hoaxes that are the black swan. Our tendency to believe rumours if they chime with our beliefs is not really a new phenomenon. What is new is what the pandemic has done to us. We now live with a new crack that has opened across all of society.

This new crack has exposed inequalities, insecurity, loneliness. It emanates from the privacy of our bodies and that’s what makes it so deep and lends it the power to break up public life. In politics blatant cynicism has been given an unexpected opportunity. It is this new crack that is our black swan. It has been rupturing public debate, swallowing up argument and counter-argument, information as well as disinformation, leaving recrimination, suspicion and the sense that nothing is really valid.

This is no longer just about vaccination. And it is no longer about politics. And neither is it about who’s right. There is far more at stake.

What to believe?

 

PROGRAMME

4.00 – 4.12 p.m. Jozef Lupták (Cello):

4.15 – 6.00 p.m. What to believe?

ZUZANA ČAPUTOVÁ in conversation with TOMÁŠ HALÍK. Chaired by JACQUES RUPNIK

6.00 – 6.15 p.m. Jozef Lupták (Cello)