November 2, 2020
Feel as superior as you wish. Then back it up.
You are not the average American, right? Or, are you the epitome of what it means to be an American? Either way, you know your mind, and you are not going to go with the flow no matter how many people tell you to. Just because someone has a fancy degree doesn’t mean they’re better than everyone else.
So, go ahead. Do make it all about you. Show how well you behave even though you don’t concern yourself with the safety of others. And why should you? The masses aren’t your thing. In fact, few resent having to look out for their fellow humans more. But by taking that high road, you show you are not driven by fear, compassion, or love; none of those weak motivations concern you. Think of it like “Strangers on a Train.” Only instead of trading murders, we can all ‘
This way, you’re not giving in out of fear. You’re doing it because doing the right thing is what you do. It’s who you are. It’s the reason you put your baby in a carseat in spite of your flawless driving record. You do it, so no one can look at you and blame you for the death of a loved one. You are above reproach. Your mother-in-law died alone in the hospital, and now your spouse is devastated? The doctors blamed COVID, but she was overweight and she used to smoke. How can we know for sure? But even if the numbers are being padded, at least you and your partner can look each other in the eye both knowing that their beloved parent didn’t die because you were running around maskless. Ceasar’s wife wishes she were you.
It doesn’t actually matter if you believe in the threat. Nearly a quarter of a million Americans are dead, and whether or not you believe doesn’t matter. If you can’t prove the coronavirus isn’t deadly, take action to keep your community safe. While your mask is protecting some stranger’s mother, some stranger’s mask is protecting your own. It doesn’t matter if you don’t really care about people you don’t know. That’s not necessary to make the right choice. The only thing more important than actually caring about other people is behaving as though you do.