Let’s be honest, you are either pro or no to the pandemic lockdown. You are either saying keep me safe or give me freedom. Since March I have heard just about every conspiracy theory from the right and every… argument from the left that s enough to make me want to board Elon Musk’s Space X rocket and go to Mars on my own and get someone to call me when this is over. I am over it!
My question is if there is a middle ground? By middle ground I mean is there a reasonable argument for confining ourselves to isolation and distance as opposed to militantly marching down the streets and insisting on my liberties and freedoms in the face of death from a virus from a bat named Freddie created in Wuhan by a less than Stellar communist regime who wants us to think they are the saviours of the world… not Gretta Thunberg.
On a more serious note and a very serious question, to what extent do we threaten our lives at the expense of liberty and freedom? How do I/we, reconcile my/our freedoms at the expense of the lives of myself and others? Can I justify marching to the Whitehouse or Capitol Hill to demand the Government let the people go if that means thousands, hundreds of thousands, millions or even billions die as a result?
Every man and his or her dog must be an expert on COVID19 after watching YouTube or reading every google article on the planet by now. Of course, it doesn’t matter what the experts say, it only matters what I feel is the truth or what my political and religious convictions dictate are true. Ironically if we’re dead and I mean we’re all dead that may not matter; will it?
I have been listening to the republicans in the USA and their religious components pound away, frothing at the mouth about their constitutional rights and whatever amendment it is that they rather passionately expound to demand they be able to return to work, walk their dog, or drive to the nearest hamburger joint to chow down. That is all well and fine unless you inadvertently infected everyone in sneezing distance of you with a deadly pathogen.
In Australia which has about a tenth of the population of Britain and the USA there are of course mumblings and murmurings of the leftist conspiracy to take over the world and I have to admit there are some signs of the apocalypse mainly due to the Chinese Communist Party and their willingness to kill the Australian economy and not own responsibility for this nasty little virus that got loose from some little place called Wuhan in a virus lab.
My point here is that we are taking a more cautious approach by not everyone jumping on the its my life bandwagon which is refreshing because we aren’t jumping off the cliff with all those Republicans or following every Hollywood fashion.
Another salient point I need to address is all the nonexperts in the media, political and religious sphere who are suddenly experts on COVID19 on whether or not it is as virulent/innocuous as one or the other side says it is. Every other man or woman seems to know whether or not there is or will be a cure. Please, please I beg you don’t listen to the antivaxxers, they are wrong so far as they are concerned everything from the small pox vaccine to the flu vaccine should never have been created; every person who ahs never had a flu shot and never had the flu swear by their own anecdotal testimony that their own truth is right!
Here is my real point to this at times semi humorous shot of realism (sorry antivaxxer’s I couldn’t help it). What you believe and where you get your beliefs from can and does have serious and even deadly consequences. Depending where you live in the world and with what world views we live by, can be a life and death matter for both ourselves and others. That is especially true in today’s current hysteria.
It isn’t a joke your own safety depends on the lives of others. If this pandemic is someone’s idea of a really bad joke and it’s a hoax it will come out in the long run. If it turns out to be as bad as the experts claim it is then shame on the idiots perpetuating freedom and liberty because it won’t really matter if you’re dead will it?