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    You’re Wearing a Mask, Right?

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    So you wear a mask when you go out in public, right? When you can’t be physically distant enough from the people around you?

    Not everyone is, though in the various jurisdictions of Ontario, it’s quickly being made a public health order or an actual bylaw everywhere. By tomorrow, nearly everyone will have to wear one to go into a store almost anywhere in the province.

    And in some places which probably should go unnamed but are located in various spots in the United States, things are not so cut and dried. Well, they are, but for some reason, there are people who don’t see it that way. Hardly an hour goes by where you don’t read or hear about someone suffering from verbal abuse because they’re enforcing the local requirement. There are people who are trying to use the provisions of the ADA to avoid wearing it and have printed up these very entertaining fake cards to try to force the view on other people. One enterprising reality denier bought a box of masks and then captured video of herself burning them before issuing a challenge to anyone who saw the video to do the same.

    This is why the border needs to stay closed for a while yet. One of the reasons, anyway.

    This is also the poison pill lurking in the heart of American exceptionalism culture, the belief that someone can act in any way they choose, regardless of the consequences to anyone else, and be free from consequences yourself because they have “the right” to do so and no one can tell them otherwise.

    It seems like it’s impossible to reason with these folks. The only thing that seems to get them to back down is when things get to the point where the police have to be called to enforce things, and that’s not really a great use of police time.

    I don’t really understand the reasoning or the behaviour, but it’s symptomatic of people who have lost sight of the idea that they’re members of society, instead grasping at the thought of society only existing to serve them.

    I wonder where that came from.

    Stay safe and be well, everyone.

    Don’t forget your mask.

    And wash your hands.

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