I’m rarely at a loss for words, Modern Philosophers. It’s a condition that does not bode well for a writer, so when it happens, I take the time to stop and study the situation that caused it. That only seems logical.
Are there really people protesting the stay at home orders that are meant to protect us from the spread of the Coronavirus?
Did President Trump actually seem to encourage these protests with tweets about liberating certain states?
Did Florida re-open some of its beaches in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis?
If the answer to any of those questions is “yes”, then I don’t even know what to say because logic seems to no longer apply.
I understand that these are challenging, frightening, stressful times. I get how people would feel like they are being locked up against their will. I definitely comprehend the stress brought about by being out of work. And I fathom the depths of panic brought about by feeling absolutely powerless to do anything against an unseen killer that might be coming for me or my loved ones next.
But I also understand why governors have issued stay at home orders, why we need to shelter in place, and why businesses have to close and put us out of work.
More than two million people have been infected by COVID-19.
Over one hundred sixty thousand people have died.
There is no vaccine for this virus.
There is no medication yet approved to fight it.
The only way we know to successfully combat this killer is by sheltering in place. If we stay home, if we practice social distancing, if we make some sacrifices, then we are doing what we can to stop the spread of the Coronavirus.
What about that is so difficult to understand?
Do you think your governor wants to put people out of work, cripple the local economy, and keep constituents away from their loved ones?
So why are people defying the stay at home order to gather en masse to protest? Are they against saving lives? Are they for spreading the virus? Have they failed to grasp the concept of social distancing? And why in the world are they armed? Do they plan to shoot the virus?
Do these people not understand what’s going on in the world? Do they honestly think that the virus that has killed so many people is a hoax? Or do they just blindly follow the lead of someone who doesn’t know what he’s talking about, and encourages the madness?
Is it a coincidence that they seem to be Trump supporters?
Darwin had theory on the survival of the fittest, and it looks like it is definitely in place here. Darwin said “the ones most responsive to change” will survive.
These folks, who are putting themselves in danger of exposure to the virus by gathering in large groups while not wearing masks, would not fall under the heading of adapting well to change. Darwin would probably not give them a high chance of survival.
The really frustrating thing, though, is that these protestors aren’t only putting themselves in danger. They are also endangering the health and welfare of anyone they come into contact with once they disperse. Poor, innocent people, who want nothing to do with their fight will become victims of their actions. Healthcare workers will be put at risk when they have to take care of the protestors and the victims of their second hand stupidity.
I have made no secret of how I’m going stir crazy sitting in the house. How annoyed I am when I try to run. The anxiety I face from being out of work.
I live in a state where thirty-four people have died because of COVID-19. That’s thirty-four people too many, but it is by no means a huge number. It would be easy for me to make the argument that I shouldn’t have to be out of work and confined to my home, when only thirty-four people have died in my state, and none have died in my county.
But I do not. The thought hasn’t crossed my mind. I’m sure as hell not going to organize a mass rally, grab a gun, and march on the governor’s residence demanding that the stay at home order be lifted.
That would put other people at risk. If a thirty-fifth person died in Maine as a direct result of my putting my personal wants and needs ahead of what was best for Mainers as a whole, then I’d never be able to live with that guilt.
I hate being cooped up all day and not being able to work, but I do it because I understand that this is what needs to be done to fight the pandemic and keep everyone safe.
I’ve already done it for this long, what’s another couple of weeks going to hurt?
This isn’t just about me. It’s about the entire planet. It’s about trusting that the people in charge, even if I didn’t vote for them, are doing what’s right for mankind.
And speaking of voting, does President Trump realize that his supporters are the ones out there marching in protest? If they get infected and die because they defied the stay at home order, they’re not going to be able to vote for him in November.
The Mayor in that flick was hellbent on liberating the beaches, and he got his wish.
But as I tweeted last night, at least when they re-opened the beaches in Jaws, Chief Brody had a plan to keep the residents safe. It seems like the only plan in Florida is to go against the plan that was devised to keep the residents safe.
If Charles Darwin were still alive to witness this, I know exactly what he’d say: “You’re gonna need a bigger boat”.
What do you think about these protests and the decision to re-open the beach in Florida?