It struck me then, for the first time, how unethical anxiety is, how it voids the reality of other people by conscribing them as palliatives for you own fear.
— Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett
Consider relationships of dependence,” my sister suggests. “You don’t own your body - that’s not what we are, our bodies aren’t independent. The health of our bodies always depends on choices other people are making.” She falters for a moment here, and is at a loss for words, which is rare for her. “I don’t even know how to talk about this,” she says. “The point is there’s an illusion of independence.
— Eula Biss, On Immunity