Since the pandemic began, medical experts explained the importance of wearing masks when you leave home. People still don’t seem to understand.
A friend of mine posted something on Facebook about wearing masks. I’m not going to mention her by name. But she said she hates wearing them.
“They’re hot and uncomfortable,” she said.
They make going to the store “even more unpleasant than usual,” she added.
I can attest to that. And I can also tell you that they fog up your eyeglasses, which makes shopping quite a challenge.
I remember a time when no one would have considered wearing a mask to venture out of the house. As I recall, it wasn’t that long ago.
But some of us continue wearing masks because we know it’s the right thing to do. Like my friend on Facebook.
She ended the post with a bit of harsh reality:
But if you aren’t wearing a mask or aren’t wearing it properly at this point, I assume you’re an a****** who doesn’t care about other people.
I bleeped the word. She did not.
Most of the people in her friends list agreed with what she had to say.
Then someone got offended.
Someone always gets offended on Facebook, usually at the cost of missing the actual point.
Ms. Offended called my friend’s post “disappointing, unkind and, in [her] opinion, incorrect.”
She then went on to state the biggest problem in our society these days is “the inability to have a civil discussion because of a general inability to disagree without being disagreeable.”
This was a Facebook post. There’s no “discussion.” It’s someone expressing her opinion, which she is entitled to do on her own profile. Ms. Offended could have just scrolled by the post, choosing to ignore it. But then she couldn’t have been disagreeable had she done so.
My friend was quick to respond.
“Wearing a mask isn’t about the person wearing it. It’s about protecting other people if you may be ill and asymptomatic, which many people, especially young people, are,” she wrote. “It’s not an opinion. It’s a health and welfare necessity right now.”
She then mentioned a physician friend who told her that the kids are the ones who show no symptoms but spread it around. Our generation — she’s a little younger than I am but still in the same generation, I think — ends up hospitalized, he said. Our parents, on the other hand, die.
Yes, I call that a sobering thought. And yes, maybe more people need to think that way.
She wrapped up her response with this:
Refusing to do something that inconveniences you slightly but could save someone else’s life is selfish, rude and irresponsible.
I wish more people would think about why they should do something instead of focusing on how much they don’t want to.