On the Importance of Human Connection: Fear, Ebola and Security

Ebola preys upon our darkest imaginations—in part because it evokes otherness and its close companion, fear. Fear of Ebola is also linked to its mundaneness. Ebola can be transmitted via the ordinary, daily actions of offering affection or even by brief contact that involves the transmission of bodily fluids. Paradoxically, direct human connection both spreads the disease and is essential to its containment. Perhaps one of the most important lessons of the Ebola crisis is the absolute importance of human connection for security and as part of humanitarian response.