This week, Slate offered a really good list of the latest streaming movies and shows, and Amazon Prime’s The Rings of Power series is on it (see more here, here). In this prequel to the Lord of the Rings movies, we were delighted to learn that the first show centers on a female warrior, Galadriel, who is both imperfect and unrelenting in her determination to convince her superiors that despite a delightful decades-long peace, preparation for the return of the darkness is urgent and necessary. This reminds us of CDC Director Rochelle Walensky’s recent media-celebrated episodes about how (despite everyone wanting to relax about the pandemic) the CDC needs to reform itself to better prepare for the future. Just like Galadriel, Dr. Walensky is not alone in her lobbying that — among other things — our country must prioritize and prepare for public data being properly collected and analyzed if we are going to improve upon our poor handling of public health emergencies. In the second Lord of the Rings movie, The Two Towers, Galadriel insists that her people pitch in to help mankind prepare for war with evil, saying: “we cannot just leave Middle Earth to its fate.” Our public health war is real and urgent and we may need an army of lobbyists to vanquish the enemy.
September 2, 2022 | 3 min read
September 2, 2022
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