Warning: rant ahead.
Hello. You may or may not know me, but for the purposes of this letter I will state for you a few facts about myself. 1. I have diabetes and gastroparesis, two chronic illnesses that make my life extra rough. 2. I was raised in a religious environment, and while I have shirked many of the less savory aspects of that I have retained my core belief in doing unto others as you would have them do unto you, not to mention the basic teachings of Jesus on how not to be an jerkface. That said…
I am sick and tired of seeing people politicizing Coronavirus, denying its impact, refusing to wear a mask, swearing to not receive a vaccine, and fighting to reopen before we are ready.
I saw a post on Facebook listing all the things I supposedly don’t give a shit about if I don’t want to the economy to reopen yet…like kids getting poor homeschool educations, people trapped with their abusers, rising unemployment, small businesses who might go under, etc. It took every ounce of restraint to not reply with: Here’s 100,000 things YOU don’t give a shit about, along with the photo below.
Here’s the thing: it is totally possible to care about all of that, AND care about the health and safety of yourself and your loved ones, AND worry about government overreach. None of these things are mutually exclusive, and if you think they are then you are devoid of something, whether it be in your brain or your heart.
I am high risk. If I get COVID, I will likely end up in a hospital. A ventilator will not be out of the question. Death will not be out of the question. I am a sick person already, and this virus preys on sick people. But it also preys on the healthy, and your denial isn’t going to change that fact. So, when I see you say you won’t wear a mask or get a vaccine, what you’re saying, to me, is “I don’t care if you die.”
Now, I don’t care about politics when it comes to this. I don’t care what Trump or Cuomo did or said or whatever. All I care about is that people are dying. I am sick of hearing…
“Oh, but people die from the flu.” Yeah. 34,000 last year. Except it’s been 4 months and 100,000 have died from Coronavirus. Do your math.
“Oh, I shouldn’t have to wear a mask in the store…that’s tyranny!” About that…you have to wear shoes and a shirt, too, but no one has a problem with that. Grow up.
“Oh, this is just being exaggerated by the left!” Yeah…tell that to the other 187 countries who don’t give a crap about our government. Get a global perspective.
And the kicker? The thing that really gets stuck in my craw? The people who seem to be so against quarantine are the people who mourned hard when the towers fell. We lost 3.000 Americans that day, and you wanted to help. You wanted to do anything you could for your country. You flew your flag and cried during your news stories and some brave heroes even flew in to help.
But 100,000 in four months? Fuck ‘em.
I don’t unfriend people for political beliefs, but I will drop you like a hot potato if you’re selfish enough to put my life in danger. If you’re stunted enough to be unable to accept new facts and adjust your beliefs accordingly. And if you’re cold enough to ignore a global crisis because you feel inconvenienced. That is all unacceptable behavior to me, and has to do with who you are at your core, not what you believe in.
I wish you luck. I’m no holder of grudges, and I wish well even on the people who have wronged me, because I was raised to believe that forgiveness is key. Some people weren’t, and that’s ok. But, if money and politics is more important to you than human life, you’re missing something, friend. And I’m not interested in sticking around until you find it.