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Throughout all of this and the arguments and the politics of wearing a mask there's been something about it that hasn't been sitting right with me; beyond the virtuousness of the act of wearing a mask and those that are demanding that everyone does when faced with the argument of maintaining our rights as American citizens there's still something, more.
I have spent a lifetime learning to balance my intellect and my emotions and as a result I generally trust my instincts, especially when I sit on the problem for a while, granted certain situations activate my anxieties and, in some cases, my depression which can manipulate my intuition which, in turn, can influence my perspectives. This has happened with me a great deal when it comes to my relationships over the course of the last five or six or seven years, still those issues are getting easier and easier to both recognize and resolve.
I mention this only because this isn't one of those situations, and although some issues may have been clouded by manipulated judgment this isn't one of them.
I've been paying attention to the increased cases of COVID-19 throughout the country, and how those cases correlate with mask mandates, media coverage, protests, etc., and what I'm discovering, and even with very minimal research (although I dive into it, I mention that only so you might take the time...) the correlations between the increases and decreases of COVID-19 are not related to mask mandates. There's been a lot of talk behind the science of it all but understanding the science behind something and correlating it with the actual data are, believe it or not, two very different things. It might be worth your time to stop thinking about why the science behind masks SHOULD work and start looking into the correlations of whether it actually DOES work...
(all of you do seem to agree that science is a process, we learn from the data, we make mistakes, and we learn from those mistakes, formulating hypothesis, testing the hypothesis, and then starting over again - it's not an exact "science." - you've said it yourselves; until politics get's involved and then all of a sudden we have iron-clad answers, until we don't, and then you're arguments about the process of science start over again)
(29 states and D.C. have mandated masks as of Thursday, go look at the graphs of COVID-19 cases, does it correlate with masks mandates? A very small handful of less populated states show a decrease (is that mask related or media related, compare that to major media announcements and protests), what about the rest?)
And, because of sound bites like contained droplets in our saliva and mucus and the virtuousness of wearing a mask I've seen people lose it because others are not wearing masks, and I've seen, among them, those same people sitting maskless in a small room talking and laughing - with each other; because the mandate states that it's OK not to wear a mask while seated; so, I can't help but wonder what is it, really that you're actually concerned about? Is it the mandate or is it your health?
It dawned on me, finally a few days ago why this issue hasn't been sitting right with me.
This will likely sound ridiculous to some of you, only because some of you aren't willing to consider the possibility, but perhaps this idea is a jumping off point for you, a place to build your own foundations; essentially all I'm asking is that you stop blindly accepting everything that you hear, because you all do - all affiliated parties, the only differences are the widely, and mutually (party determined) sound bites that you're adopting.
The most effective means to avoid contracting and/or recuperating [from] COVID-19 are: eating healthy, exercise, and immune support.
If you're concerned about COVID-19 pay attention to the factors regarding the most severe cases and hospitalizations, pay attention to who is the most susceptible to the virus, and why. It's amazing to me that we haven't heard anything regarding how Americans eat, the percentage of Americans that are overweight, the effort we go through to maintain our health, or heaven forbid our for-profit insurance based healthcare system.
We're concerned enough about the virus to complain about people not wearing masks but not enough to actually change and maintain a healthier lifestyle, and that's inherently nonsensical.
Many of you are clearly more concerned about me, and others than you are about yourselves and those of you who are, you seem to be hiding behind the guise of being socially virtuous which, to me, seems exceptionally hypocritical. This isn't about my rights and freedoms as an American, not really for me it's about focusing on the things that are actually the most argumentatively pertinent.
Masks are enabling. They enable people to not question their lifestyles, to not readjust how they eat, exercise, live; masks are a crutch. The problem isn't masks the problem is how we treat ourselves, the healthy are either not contracting COVID-19 or they're getting through fairly stress-free. What if the debate, instead of being about whether to wear masks or not, was actually about preventative healthcare (eating right, staying healthy, exercise, being conscious about how we're living) if we want long-term preventative action against COVID-19, it's not masks and it's not a vaccine.
Much of the world that is successful in containing this virus and their death-rates - we're trying to compare their success with our failures in the wrong ways and in the wrong areas; the simple truth is, we are one of the most sickly, out-of-shape, physically apathetic countries on the planet and our COVID-19 numbers are showing that in dramatic fashion, and for whatever reason the argument is overshadowed by masks, and the complacency of American indifference.
2020 has been an interesting year, to say the least the most interesting part of it, for me is that it's revealed the nature, and state of our political atmosphere but not in the way that many of you might recognize; the ultra-liberal and ultra-conservatives are both behaving as if our current atmosphere has only confirmed their perspectives, in reality it's presented, in dramatic fashion, that nobody knows what the fuck they're talking about and how relentlessly people hold to their convictions regardless of how irrational they might be; no, at the moment I'm not referring to masks but rather the general state of things. Extremism is dangerous, regardless the platform.
Oh, and wash your hands!
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There’s a freedom to living in the United States that, I believe, most people casually ignore.
It’s no secret that our government is attempting to deny us the rights they were [are] established, afforeded, and protected by the government, and our government does this because they know that we will react in exactly the way that they want us to react, regardless of our affiliations and, in many ways, because of our affiliations. We cede to policy and manifesto, we disregard our humanity and our beliefs, and we’re conditioned by logical fallacies that aid in government overreach; we’re more concerned that we adhere to our platforms than we are about our actual rights. The government has us twisted around the law so much that we’re afraid to engage and to enjoy our rights as American’s, because we don’t want to effort in the bureaucracy; it’s not worth the effort to actively support our rights.
And, on the other hand, there is a developing idea that being virtuous, that showing a general interest in the well-being of another takes an active form, that it somehow demands the precondition that your soiled hands—and by ‘your,’ I mean the universal you, as in quote/unquote “everybody”—ought to be snooping about my worldview; however, your idea of an equilibrium, and your social code are, in reality, nothing less than guerrilla warfare of a moral compass. The freedom to choose cannot be subjugated by the idea that-that choice is marred by one belief being more virtuous than another, and that you are, by some means, exalted with the right to decide which is the more virtuous choice.
With that said, our country, the United States was built on the foundation of revered men, with the intention of establishing a nation of freedom, and yes many stood on the back of others, of entire races to do so; the long standing history of mankind does not lead attractively to your present progressive agendas, intentions, and regrets nevertheless we have developed and achieved and acknowledged and atoned and, in reprise, sought amends.
We’re not a perfect people, we’re not a perfect species so to expect perfection in our development and in our cultivation is.., and even still perfection can only exist in your ideal of the word; we learn from our mistakes and we grow, and change isn’t easy so we’ll contest it, because we’re comfortable in our familiarity but, still we do learn and we do grow and it’s time for many of you to recognize that, and to acknowledge where we’ve come from where we were, and where we’re going and how we all want to get there, and the compromise and the harmony that we’re going to require, and the patience and the understanding that we’re going to require, and that we’re going to have to think with a new standard and let go of the foundations of our affiliations that continue to divide us.
Fredericksburg is a relatively small town in the Texas Hill Country, because of the pandemic the town council canceled a notable Fourth of July day parade that has otherwise been a huge annual event in Fredericksburg. A small handful of citizens decided to organize an unsanctioned drive by 'parade,' that the FBD helped to support; this was an incredible display of small town patriotism and civil responsibility, and an exercise of our individual rights.