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Occult Dimension of Microbes

        The Mother’s experience during the Spanish flu pandemic
            There was an epidemic of influenza, an influenza that
        came from the war (the 1914 war), and was generally fatal.
        People would get pneumonia after three days, and plop!
        finished. In Japan they never have epidemics (it's a country
        where epidemics are unknown), so they were caught un-
        awares; it was an ideal breeding ground, absolutely unpre-
        pared – incredible: people died by the thousands every day,
        it was incredible! Everybody lived in terror, they didn't dare
        to go out without masks over their mouths. Then some-
        body whom I won't name asked me (in a brusque tone),
        "What Is this?" I answered him, "Better not think about it."
        "Why not?" he said, "It's very interesting! We must find out,
        at least you are able to find out whatever this is." Silly me,
        I was just about to go out; I had to visit a girl who lived
        at the other end of Tokyo (Tokyo is the largest city in the
        world, it takes a long time to go from one end to the other),
        and I wasn't so well-off I could go about in a car: I took the
        tram.... What an atmosphere! An atmosphere of panic in
        the city! You see, we lived in a house surrounded by a big
        park, secluded, but the atmosphere in the city was horrible.
        And the question, "What Is this?" naturally came to put me
        in contact – I came back home with the illness. I was sure to
        catch it, it had to happen! (laughing) I came home with it.
            Like a bang on the head – I was completely dazed. They
        called  a  doctor.  There  were  no  medicines  left  in  the  city
        – there weren't enough medicines for people, but as we
        were considered important people (!) the doctor brought
        two tablets. I told him (laughing), "Doctor, I never take any
        medicines."  "What!"  he  said.  "It's  so  hard  to  get  them!"

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