Every day we see more stories about how we Americans are increasingly growing apart over the most basic things. With a pandemic raging, that fact is inescapable, and yet, very different narratives emerge from that fact. We Americans have become prisoners of our own ideologies and political identities.
Fact: A pandemic is not a person, it does not have any characteristics and does not act with any conscience or motive. A pandemic is NOT out to take away your freedom. Taking collective responsibility to prevent the pandemic from becoming worse is more important that someone being able to get a haircut or a sit-down meal in a restaurant. Those are inconveniences. Your freedom does NOT include the right to transmit whatever disease you might have to those around you without concern for anyone but yourself. Being asked to wear a mask and to practice social distancing is NOT an attack on your freedom. It is a way to combat the pandemic. Being told to stay your ass at home is the same thing. If those who refuse to listen to facts and science could all live on an island with their own kind, I would be all for it. Until then, don’t endanger others because you think that is your right.