By Letter to the Editor on December 23, 2020.
As I sit and watch the news about all the protests that are going on by people screaming that their rights are being trampled on by the new rules about wearing face masks, I become very afraid.
All I see are ignorant, selfish people who have absolutely no regard for anyone else’s rights and are basically saying that it is more important to not wear a mask than save someone’s life. That scares the heck out of me – that people are willing to risk everyone’s lives over whether wearing a mask is a legal requirement or not.
Let’s pretend that wearing a mask doesn’t help (we know it really does). So what? If you do wear one and it doesn’t help, really very little is lost. If you don’t wear one you are likely risking a lot of lives all because of your incredible selfishness, ignorance and complete lack of compassion for the rest of the world.
The sad fact of life is the friends and neighbours who have shown themselves to be these people. They won’t be friends anymore and will be bad neighbours. In a world full of problems that will require all of us to pull together to fix them, this pandemic has shown that the chances of significant change are impossible. We can’t even get people to care about their friends and neighbours much less believe in all the other issues facing the planet. I must say we are most likely doomed.