July 13, 2020
Think of Bullying as the New Personal Liberty.
To anyone (excluding those with a legitimate medical reason) who chooses not to wear a mask in public situations, in case you have not yet verbalized this to yourself, you are a bully. By choosing to flout the rules that have been put in place to protect us all, you are saying both that you are above everyone else, and that you are willing to do others harm just because you feel like it. You are worse than a child who knocks another down to seize a coveted toy. Because a child is still learning. A child does not have the capacity to understand the long-term effects of their actions. You do. Or you should. If you don’t, therapy of some sort is probably in order. To go into a public venue while refusing to take the simplest, the easiest of precautions to protect those around you is a clear lapse of judgement and character. To force employees to ask you to do something that you are morally, and in many cases legally, obligated to do is to make a cruel addition to their already expanded duties. To risk their health, and the health of other patrons because you refuse to understand that controlling this disease has to be a team effort, speaks volumes about you as a person. What it doesn’t say is that you are free. It says you are fine with making others fear for their safety. It says that you prioritize avoiding a miniscule amount of inconvenience for yourself over potentially saving the life of another. It says you do what you want, and not in the independent spirit sort of way that you probably imagine. It says your disdain for others is not all talk. It says you are a bully.