No One Likes Wearing Masks, But Grow Up and Wear Yours Anyways, Just Like All the Kindergarteners
No one likes wearing masks because they are unpleasant and hard to breath in and make it hard to communicate with others, but they are not more unpleasant than getting seriously ill, dying or potentially exposing someone else to life threatening illness or death even if you don’t believe in the pandemic.
There are prices we pay for participation in society. We all agree to live amongst one another and that requires some set of shared rules, obligations and responsibilities. Some are formal like paying taxes and others informal, like cutting our lawns in a timely fashion. We do these things even if we don’t like them or understand them so that we can have the enjoyment of living amongst our fellow human beings.
We learn new expectations as new technology and situations arise. We no longer cover our coughs and sneezes with our hands as we did before, but with our elbows. Even if we would really like to not pay our taxes, most of us do or we face sharp consequences. Even if we would really, really like to, for some strange reason, sneeze on the person next to us, most of us try not to.
Of all mask wearers, little children seem to have grown accustomed to wearing them faster than humans of other ages partially because they are more adaptable generally and more accustomed to following instructions and partially because children seem to understand the principles of social contract far more easily than most adults.
We should take some pointers from them on how to convince others about the importance of mask wearing and how we make choices regarding wearing them ourselves.
We are getting something very wrong about mask mandates. We don’t need to convince people of their efficacy or expect them to fully understand the science behind them to make people comfortable with the increasing mask mandates popping back up around the country in the wake of spiking covid numbers and the Delta variant. Mask wearing should never have been a proxy for diametric party affiliation by…