Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.Lao Tzu
Currently listening to: Moan by Cute is What We Aim For
Currently reading: Foundations by Isaac Asimov
I was thinking today (yes, that was that burning you smelled). So many of us have been lucky in love. Love of a partner, love of friends, love of family, etc. But most people don’t seem to love people that they don’t know.
If you think about it, this whole mask/no mask thing boils down to love. Love of others versus love of self. The people that seem to be on the pro-mask side, in most ‘man on the street’ kind of interviews I’ve seen have all made a comment about how if they can keep someone from getting sick than it’s worth it. Whereas the no mask people all crow about personal freedoms and individual liberties. Basically ‘no one has the right to tell me what to do.’
Look, I come in to contact with thousands of people a week. It’s highly likely, if not almost guaranteed that I’ve come in contact with COVID-19 100 times over. I actually apologized to Mike and our roommate when this all started because I believed that if any of us were to get sick it would be my fault. To be fair, they pretty much told me to shut the hell up and we’d deal with whatever comes. And if we got sick hopefully we all got sick at the same time so we could lay around and binge watch TV together. Luckily, so far none of this has come to pass. Yet, at least.
But I’m being 100% serious when I say that I’ve come to see mask wearing as an altruistic act, especially if you don’t have to wear one, for whatever reason. Something that shows that you care about your fellow citizens. And the people bitching about it just seem so selfish and self-absorbed. They don’t care about anyone but themselves and how all of this is affecting them. Those testimonies in Florida that I’m sure you’ve seen some of online, were hysterical and saddening at the same time. None of the people I saw even put up the guise of having some pre-existing condition that they claimed should preclude them from wearing a mask. The lady that said, “I don’t wear a mask for the same reason that I don’t wear underwear – things gotta breathe” was my favorite. I mean… what? I can’t. I just can’t. I hate to say it, but I have met people just like this, and they’re all batshit crazy. But again – she’s bitching because she’s uncomfortable and being inconvenienced. Fuck you, lady.
Yeah, it sucks. But just put on the mask. Most of you are lucky and only have to wear it for a short time while you run to the grocery store or whatever. Some of us are wearing it for almost 12 hours. Some in hospitals are wearing one even longer. So quit your bitching and put the damn thing on.