I suppose there are always two ways to look at any issue. I struggle to find two ways to look at precautions for COVID. First, I am glad to confess that I am a big fan of cancel culture. I am not a critique of this phenomenon. I think it is better to cancel a post than argue in a post. Most FB friends are “faux friends”. So if a hide a post or snooze someone for 30 days, it reduces my stress level. Why is that a bad thing? When people post their divine right to not wear a mask or stay in a bar all night, I snooze or hide the post.
Second, on some issues I am having a hard time finding that “other” perspective. Some issues don’t have two sides. Is there really an upside to cigarettes? Is there an upside to driving drunk? For those that say, life is short enjoy Thanksgiving this year, who knows about next year. REALLY? Do you say that about smoking and speeding? Life is short so drive 100 miles an hour while smoking a carton a day.
Then there are those that say, the government doesn’t have a right to tell me what to do in my own house. REALLY? If you get sick you aren’t staying in your house. You want to go to the hospital. What if they can’t take care of you because of the sheer number of people who wanted to do what they wanted in their home? Worse yet, what if they can’t take care of someone else because you took the last bed. You are taxing already overworked healthcare heroes because you couldn’t miss a meal. REALLY?
Some states make helmets mandatory for motorcyclists. Some cyclists say they have the right to ride without a helmet. If you are in an accident and can’t afford your healthcare, the state pays for it. Where does that money come from, you and me. So it does affect me, and you.
Some compare Covid to being at war. During WW2 Every American was issued a series of ration books. The ration books contained removable stamps good for certain rationed items, like sugar, meat, cooking oil, and canned goods. A person could not buy a rationed item without also giving the grocer the right ration stamp. I have read of no protests that Americans were denied their right to endless sugar.
People this is a pandemic. Is it that hard to sacrifice a family meal in person? Let’s be honest, in past years many of you couldn’t wait to get the meal over with to stand in line at Best Buy for the Black Friday specials.