Back when I used to work on an anarchist newspaper, masks were a necessity. This was during a time of mischief and mayhem when protests turned ugly. Hiding your face made it harder for the authorities to identify you.
Frankly, I never liked wearing them because it got in my way when I wanted to smoke (my anarchist buddies frowned on that habit but I did it anyway). Fast forward to today and now lots of folks are wearing masks due to the coronavirus. On the rare occasions when I venture out, I wear one too. I don’t smoke any longer so it’s not a problem. Oddly, my old anarchist friends are now…get ready for this…protesting against wearing a mask. I had to chuckle at the irony of that.
It’s interesting to see what this whole pandemic and mask-wearing reveals about people. Although I’m strictly in the mind-my-own-business camp, I’ve watched both sides bicker, and it’s made me sad (sadder still that we feel a need to take sides during a crisis). Some people assume that wearing one makes you a “sheeple,” while others think that if you choose to forgo one, you’re a “monster.”
I’ve read stories of retail workers getting their arms broken or worse yet, murdered by people angry over new mask rules. Local baristas and checkout clerks have shared tales of nasty customers getting up in their faces…without a mask. (Interestingly, no one seems to pitch a fit about the “no shoes, no shirt, no service” thing.) Weirder still for me is watching the anti-mask protestors yell at the police, who are now…wearing masks. It’s like a mean-spirited bizarro world.
Look, no one is thrilled about putting a mask on their face. I don’t like ‘em either but I won’t take a risk with someone else’s health, especially since I live with someone who is immune-compromised. Not paranoid over here…just being careful (for the friend who insinuated that I’m a sheeple, don’t make that assumption until you know my situation). Until this is under control, I’m slapping on a mask and keeping the hand sanitizer handy. It’s the right thing to do for me – and the people I care about.
If someone else chooses differently, I may not agree but I’m not going to speculate on what that’s about nor am I going into attack mode. By that same token, I would hope that those folks do the same – and honor policies that businesses may enforce. Heck, if you don’t like it, you can always find a business that serves you the way you want, right?
At the end of the day, when you take your masks off, what face do you want to show to the world? In a world that wants you to be visible, why not show each other a little kindness? It’s really not that hard.
Recent events remind me of this old Twilight Zone episode. Such a classic!
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May 2-8, 2021: The Tuscany Tarot Intensive. Where: Italy! A full week of tarot immersion. Due to the Coronavirus, we moved the event to next year. Good news: the dates allow for a few extra seats which mean you can join us next year! Yay!
What I’m Grateful For:
Jamie Sawyer’s mighty fine masks
Fresh air streaming into the house
Soft music in the background
Patient checkout clerks
Soundtrack for 5/23/20:
Energy by Disclosure
© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2020
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