Our nation is presently undergoing a re-examination of its racially black/white separate existence, a confrontation with the supposedly separate-but-equal reality into which the country has relapsed, notwithstanding that separate, in truth, cannot really be equal.
But I worry as well about how we’re going to deal with the dichotomy between two other very distinguishable groups of people: stupid people vs. smart people. It is the former that are putting themselves, and the rest of us, in jeopardy, by not being willing to abide by reasonable health measures designed to help control the stampeding coronavirus.
If the fools that are unable to recognize the necessity of, for instance, wearing face masks while in public places, were just endangering themselves, I couldn’t care less. But the problem is that we’re dealing with a contagious virus. They are passing it on to others. Perhaps to other stupid people. But there will be non-stupid people comingled in there at a sufficiently noticeable percentage to make the non-mask wearers dangerous.
The motorcyclist who prefers the wind in his hair who cracks open his skull in a wreck because he won’t wear a helmet only hurts himself (not counting grieving family members). Same goes for the fool who refuses to wear a seat belt. But, again, the virus is contagious. As members of society, each of us has a responsibility to not endanger others by our selfish interpretation of personal freedom.
Those of us with an ostomy particularly ought to recognize the importance of wearing a devise on our body that enables us to live longer. So, pouch on the belly or mask on the face during a pandemic, we all need to do it. WEAR A MASK IN PUBLIC.