Anymore people’s avatar photos or other images depict a lot of folks wearing masks. I see this on Facebook, twitter, various blogs, and other social media venues. I’m calling BS on this.
No, I’m not an “anti-masker” (funny how the word “anti” usually means either “stupid” or “evil”). I do wear a mask whenever I go out in public (although * gasp * I don’t wear a mask to check the mail, go out into my backyard, or when I go to bed…oh the horror…yes, I’m being sarcastic).
Let me explain.
My identity and certainly my “virtue” is NOT a mask. I wear a mask, not because it’s a fashion statement, not because I think it morally makes me better than anyone else, and not because it’s “the new normal” (a phrase which I detest). I do so because, in the world of COVID and government imposed lockdowns, it’s a temporary necessity.
Yes, you read that right, temporary.
All of this will pass, and in spite of what the government and various news agencies and “scientific experts” pronounce, we will reach a point in our lives when all of this is totally unnecessary.
That time is certainly not now, and no, I have exactly zero faith that a vaccine will magically transform anything.
I will wear a mask for the sake of obeying, well, not the “law” since no legislation was passed, but the pronouncements and dictates of various government officials. I’ll wear one because yes, there’s this thing running around that is infectious (although I’ve known people who’ve done everything right and still became infected), and because it makes people feel more comfortable emotionally.
But this whole mess has completely dehumanized us. All of our practices and customs on how to treat each other, to show respect, to show dignity, have gone out the window in the face of “anyone could be unknowingly sick and infect us with the virus”.
It hurts the very young and the very old the most. Yes, you can isolate my 88-year-old Mom who suffers from Alzheimer’s in the name of “saving her life,” but there’s more than one way to kill someone. How many people have committed suicide because they became isolated and saw no hope? Do you really think your masking posturing is doing them any good?
Compassion is more than a mask and we’re being taught that masking and social distancing is a virtue while caring for someone’s loneliness is a crime.
I will wear a mask in public but I will absolutely not make it a part of my online or real life personality.
I’m not a mask. I’m a person. So are you.