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At the link, George Danby, the cartoonist, points out that
In the span of six months, the country has gone from the mantra of “We’re all in this together” to cries of “You can’t make me wear a mask.”
I don’t remember a “we’re all in this together” period, nope, not at all.
And speaking of masks, I am again reminded of Professor Bill Shade’s mantra that history is irony.
Joan Quiqley fears we are losing the war on stupid. Here’s a bit from her column:
“I’m pretty much fighting two wars: A war against COVID and a war against stupidity,” Dr. Joseph Varon, chief of critical care at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, told NBC News. He said he has more hope of winning the first one than the second.
He added that whether it’s information backed by science or common sense, people throughout the U.S. are not listening.
“The thing that annoys me the most is that we keep on doing our best to save all these people, and then you get another batch of people that are doing exactly the opposite of what you’re telling them to do.”
We are a society of stupid. And selfish.
The superintendent of schools of a Georgia county is less than impressed by his state’s response to COVID-19 as regards schooling. His comments, methinks, could more generally. Here’s a bit of his piece (emphasis added):
We are using kids as virus bait, and that is heinous. We have reluctant leaders who want “others” to make these decisions, so they are not held responsible, especially since it concerns human life. They dance around the subject and hope it either goes away or at least they can say it was a “local” decision.
Don’t suddenly tell me, as educators, we have now become “essential workers” just to get us back to work. What were teachers before now, unessential?
In a similar vein, Portland, Maine, Press-Herald contributor Victoria Hugo-Vidal is not impressed:
We sent my sister back to the University of Maine Orono last week. I’ve never played Russian roulette before, but I think this must be what it feels like. It feels like we’re just waiting for COVID-19 to start circulating and to start killing.
Methinks many decisions about reopening and about COVID-19 are based on magickal mystical thinking alloyed with political and moral cowardice. Politicians, in a mirror echo of Captain Picard, keep saying, “Make it not so.”
But it is so. And will continue to be so for some time. And the virus will feed on their cowardice and denial of science and fact.
My town seems to be acting responsibly.
Many seem to forget–or ignore–that one of the phrases in the preamble to the United States Constitution is “to promote the general welfare.”
At the Idaho State Journal, Leonard Hitchcock points this out in the context of a failure to do just that. A snippet (emphasis added):
The governor of South Dakota, Kristi Noem, in an NPR interview, said: “I think it’s a good time for us to go back and reevaluate the purposes of our Constitution, the personal responsibility we each have to make decisions for our own lives,” which is why, she argued, she allowed the Sturgis motorcycle rally to occur.
The willful stupidity of those remarks is astonishing. It’s true that we, as citizens of a democracy, enjoy a wide range of personal freedoms, some of which are spelled out in our Constitution. It’s also self-evident that exercising those freedoms entails personal decision-making and that we can do what we want as long as we are not harming (or are at high risk of harming) someone else.
At Psychology Today Blogs, Sara Gorman and Jack M. Gorman explore the reasons why persons choose to refuse to wear masks in these viral times. Here’s one of the possible reasons they explore; follow the link for the others.
Yet another psychological factor to consider is a sense of control. One thing we can certainly say about COVID-19 is that it makes us feel we are out of control. Although experts rightly tell us there are things we can do to control the pandemic (i.e. social distancing, wearing face masks, frequent handwashing, and getting tested), there is little we can do personally to affect businesses closed all around us, children not able to go to school, and people dying. Refusing to wear a mask may seem, paradoxically, like taking control of the situation. No, it is not a rational step because doing so will only make things worse. But to some, refusing the mask may seem like a major personal statement that re-establishes a sense of control.