Stone-heartedness : physical or moral affliction or both ?
I am sure a gene is responsible.... or its early neural damage while a child-to-be is still resting on the placenta.
Punning can't be cured - only endured.
So my 'stone-hearted' : a play on the stone-like calcined formations on the heart valves that defines the SBE disease that Henry Dawson eventual cured with his 'inclusive' penicillin ?
Did Dawson merely want to see these teenagers and youth enjoy all the courting and dancing that all the others their age enjoyed : 'dancing' over stone (hearted valves) ?
Did he merely hate to think of the SBEs slowly dying inside mentally and emotionally as well as physically, as their medical condition forbade them doing anything vigorous and youth-like , in case it hastened their inevitable early end ?
Or is my title a broad hint that Dawson's real target was much bigger than the few dozen lives he saved directly : was his inclusive penicillin really aimed at curing all of the morally stone-hearted ?
That is to say, the majority of us between 1931 and 1945.
The us who were so determinately indifferent to doing anything concrete to save our weaker and smaller neighbours when they were under attack by big bullies like Hitler , Stalin and Tojo ?
The same morally stone-hearted of us who refused to allow any live-saving penicillin go to the physically stone-hearted SBEs ?
Or all of the above .......?