Masks mandatory for all? Is this right?
I have to preface this by stating that this was in response to a local post about making masks mandatory. I don't want this to be turned into a bash-fest, but need to get this off my chest. This why it is in the Personal Journals section & not Covid.
There is no need for mandatory masks here at the moment, but some have been panicky from the start and have gotten more bold and loud as time went on. These people are either scared or like control, and are pushing hard.
The post that triggered this below response equated not wearing a mask to equal an anti-vaccer. You know, not having choice...and especially being forced into something when it is not a good idea for some individuals (yep, just bowl them over), and not a choice to not wear one, just burns me.
This is my response. It is a rant, yes, but in my greater community, it needs to keep being repeated due to the hate expressed by so many. ☹
I am one who cannot have even a thin sheet over my face. I have tried even that. I panic and it is a horrible experience. I have read that this response could very well be due to PTSD, and I may have been able to link this to a situation in which I was under water & could not breathe. I was also in panic mode at that time due to a kid doing a cannonball & suddenly landing directly on top of my head as I started upward. It was startling & also traumatizing, as I never put my face under water again.
Okay, here it is...
"Hold on. That attitude is extreme & hate inducing. It is very discriminatory in its very foundation.
There are people who cannot wear masks, just like there are some who cannot have vaccines. I can't stress this enough. Both are well known facts, and in the case of mask wearing, some of those would wear a mask if they could. DO NOT FORGET ABOUT THEM. What if this person was YOU? (I am not yelling, but I could not italicize at the moment for some reason) Just because it isn't your reality, doesn't mean they are less than you or don't care about others. That is a horrible assumption & an insult to their character.
This assumption & judgement on those individuals would certainly make them targets of vigilantes who don't know the individual's particular situation, which they legally shouldn't have to reveal to others if it is a medical/mental health condition. Also, to tell those people to stay home, just because they cannot wear a mask, is just not right. There may be situations where they have to go out. What then? They cannot stay inside and be excluded from everyone else indefinitely. That is not good for anyone's mental health.
Case in point, I know of a man who recently committed suicide due to not being able to leave his home & interact with others, nor work with others, due to lengthy lockdowns in another country. This is a real thing. Many countries have seen & will be seeing more of this as all these measures keep going. Given the current hostility I have already heard about in (*my closest city*) & elsewhere toward someone not wearing a mask (whether mandated or not), this could easily become a very dangerous situation for some. It baffles me that with all the talk of mental health, that this is no longer important in society.
Some have listened, but many are still ignoring.
I will continue to speak up for these people, even if others choose to remain silent or others who attack, online or in person, choose to be narrow minded."
Thanks for "listening."