Speechwriters and ghostwriters used to post on the web how many times they caught the term "perfect storm" in leadership communications. Ranting against that cliche they rated it as much a catastrophe to the English Language as the perfect storm was to human life.
Well, I have a hunch that we won't experience the same phenomenon with "Ebola." That disease, which kills about 70% of its victims, could inflict itsself on 21,000 by November, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The horror is too palpable.Here is coverage from USA Today.
And its ability to find its way to the U.S. is all too likely. It doesn't take much of a bodily fluid to transmit it. This is not a provincial disaster, like the perfect storm. It's global and possibly national, as throughout the U.S. Here in the U.S. neighbor will turn on neighbor. Count on total social chaos.
If we escape its reach we will be, first, grateful. Next, we will want to forget about it. No, we won't want a public speaker or guest columnist in The Wall Street Journal to bring us back to the brink of what could have been.