“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be “cured” against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.”
~ C.S. Lewis
I see little difference between “Omnipotent moral busybodies” and “moral busybodies with the Mandate of Heaven”, or to quote another noted philosopher:
“There’s nothing worse than a monster who thinks he’s right with God.”
~ Malcolm Reynolds
According to the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, only about 17% of adult children in the United States care for their elderly parents “at some point during their lives”.
Think about that: of every 100 people you meet at the restaurant, the grocery store, or the park, 17 of them are taking care of, will take care of, or have taken care of, their elderly parents.
The other 83% of the people you meet at the hardware store, the church, or the beach are letting Grandma be taken care of by home health aides, independent living facilities, assisted living facilities, long-term care facilities, nursing homes, or hospitals.
For the elderly living at their own homes, and being taken care of by home health aides — if they aren’t self-isolating and protecting themselves … that’s on them, not me.
For those elderly in some kind of facility — the government is mandating some kind of protection for these folks … again, that’s on someone else, not me.
To stand in a parking lot, a beach, a boat-ramp, or a restaurant and scream that a random stranger whom you’ve never met and will likely not ever meet again is endangering your grandmother by not wearing a mask is not only a lie, rude, and a misdemeanor Breach of the Peace, but it is also tyranny.
If you’re one of the 17 who are taking care of your elderly patient (we’ll ignore the part of that 17% who “will take care of in the future” and the part that “took care of in the past” and just assume that all 17 have an elderly parent at home), gods bless you, and if you’re that worried — stay home.
If you’re one of the 83 that are relying on Decubitus Acres Nursing Home, or God’s Waiting Room Assisted Living Centre to took care of Grandma — the State government has rules to protect them.
It is tyranny to demand that I change my ways and habits to provide “protection” to independent people who should be taking care of that themselves, or to provide “protection” to people whom the government is already going overboard to protect.
And if you want to scream at me, and spit, you’re about to have a quick lesson in the reality of droplet protection provided by your floral silk mask using OC droplets for the demonstration.
Given that OC droplets are considerably bigger than the droplets your mask is allegedly protecting your from, you’re liable to be somewhat disappointed in your mask.
Matter-of-fact, it should even be a lesson to learn from.
Do not bloody shriek at me.