In My Opinion
I have to admit I have a few pet peeves, but the one weighing on my mind lately is what I call “the mask defeasance.” The havoc that wearing a mask to help control and stop Covid-19 has caused, in adults, seems so childish. I’m not talking about people who legitimately can’t wear a mask due to health reasons, but I am talking about grown adults who refuse to wear a mask because our leaders and health professionals have told them to wear one.
It reminds me of being a kid and being told by grownups to finish eating their vegetables and to make sure they wash their hands and brush their teeth. They may balk at first, but ultimately it’s done because they were told to by their parents or an adult in charge.
All of this makes me question why it is so hard for an adult to take orders from our government leaders and health officials? It’s my opinion that people refusing to wear a mask are acting like kids – “no, I don’t have to” and then stomping their feet. Ridiculous, right? Maybe it has to do with the mask itself. Maybe people don’t think they look “manly or feminine enough.” Maybe they think that wearing a mask takes away from their reputation for toughness or grit.
As a kid, when Halloween came each year, I was excited to wear a mask and to go trick or treating. I don’t remember a kid that didn’t get excited. It was fun going to the dime store with my parents and picking out a costume with a mask included. For one night, I became someone else. It was fun and exciting to wear a mask. Remembering all of those great times brings me to wanting a resolution of the “mask refusal debacle.”
Maybe the problem lies with the look of the mask itself. Maybe the masks aren’t scary enough, or maybe it’s because the masks don’t cover the whole face. They can’t hide behind the masks that just cover the mouth and nose. How cool would it be to walk around being Spiderman, Superman, Captain Marvel, Catwoman, or whatever superhero is out there today? For those of us that are older, how about “The Lone Ranger?” He didn’t look like a sissy wearing a mask. He was tough and rather handsome wearing his mask. People, you can make this fun so why are you refusing to wear one? Anger, maybe? Bad attitude? Rebelliousness? Stubbornness?
STOP IT! Stop being rebellious; stop stomping your feet like a kid and saying, “I don’t want to – you can’t make me.” Stop being selfish and thinking only of yourselves, and realize that Covid-19 is serious. Some of us have compromised immune systems and other health issues, and we need everyone to wear their mask.
Oh, and one last thing to think about. What would happen if you found yourself in surgery without the doctors and nurses wearing a mask? Would that be okay with you? If you answer yes, then you deserve the outcome from that surgery where the medical professionals don’t wear a mask. And if it isn’t okay with you then that should tell you something. WEAR A MASK!
Written by: Laurie Davis