Why can’t we let individuals decide for themselves on whether to open their businesses, step outside, attend a sports event, etc., with or without a mask? What is wrong with personal agency and personal responsibility?
I honestly don’t see why so many people are getting so political and uppity about masks. Either they work to prevent you from getting sick, or they don’t. I can post dozens of videos and links that prove they are NOT effective, and you can post multiple videos and links that prove that they ARE effective. You will not persuade me by posting a meme. There will NEVER be consensus on masks. NEVER. If you want to wear a mask, then go ahead, but if I don’t want to wear a mask, then you will still be fine because you are wearing a mask. Why can’t we just let the individual decide for himself/herself? I don’t get uppity with you about you wearing a mask, so please don’t get uppity with others who choose to not wear a mask. You’ll be fine, you’re wearing a mask. It has NOTHING to do with me thinking you are a scared wuss, or thinking I am excessively brave. You’ve been persuaded to wear a mask, I have not. That’s all there is to it. Neither of us will likely be dissuaded. Yelling and screaming will only drive deeper the wedges. Calling me selfish will say more about you.
To accuse me of being selfish really cuts me. And you are making unfounded assumptions about me. I don’t want anyone to get sick. I care about the elderly, and the young, and those in the middle. I don’t want people to die. I also don’t want individual liberty destroyed (more on that in a bit). Masks make me claustrophobic, it gives me crippling headaches, and it is very difficult to breathe. They get me close to having a panic attack. They make my asthma worse. Wanting to breathe is selfish?
To call me selfish for arguing against and fighting against mask mandates is also unfair. I care about the liberty of EVERY individual. I’m a vast student of history, and when liberty is lost, it is ALWAYS lost through imperceptible stages. Apathy is poison to liberty. Furthermore, to allow government to mandate ANYTHING they do not have the authority to mandate will whittle away freedom. History teaches us this. This does not mean that I don’t care about others’ health, it merely means I ALSO care about individual liberty, and that I am always on the watch for the risk of lost liberty. Please don’t call me selfish for this. I do this because I care about the liberty of EVERY individual.
My final thoughts veer a bit from my above points, but I think I will get counter arguments on a few points, so I’ll simply address them now. The argument that “wearing a mask will stop the spread” holds no water for me because of herd immunity. Yelling at me and posting a link to something will likely not dissuade me from my conclusion, because I’ve already consumed the counter arguments. And, the conclusion I’ve drawn is that if a mask prevents me from exhaling COVID19, it will also prevent you from breathing it in, so you wearing a mask will protect you, so please let me choose. Furthermore, the death rate continues to decline, on July 2, the CDC released more tests results that shows the virus has a very low mortality rate, and the CDC is now on the verge of lifting the “pandemic” label from the virus. Why can’t we calm down? Why can’t we let individuals decide for themselves on whether to open their businesses, step outside, attend a sports event, etc., with or without a mask? What is wrong with personal agency and personal responsibility?