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Unsociable Distancing

on the Normal Necessity of Human Contact

On the radio one morning, I heard a commercial for a product—I don't recall what—which ended with a comment that, in the age of Covid-19, has become commonplace. Wanting to assure customers that they could obtain the product without fear of contracting or passing on the dreaded disease, the announcer said it could be provided with "no human contact required." I began to turn that statement over in my mind. "Is this where our society is heading?", I wondered.

After the commercial, I heard an interview with the winning driver of the first NASCAR race run since stay-at-home orders . . .

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Paul Mattaliano is a retired IT professional and former elder at Garden Lake Bible Church in New Jersey. He currently resides in Ladson, South Carolina, and attends First Baptist Church in Charleston with Linda, his wife of 45 years. They have four children, all married, and nine grandchildren.


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