I Don’t Understand

I have just had a discussion on Facebook with someone I don’t know – there was a post about the Supreme Court decision regarding abortion laws, wherein it was stated that each person has a right to make decisions about their lives, health, etc. The commentor said “just as she should have the right whether to wear a mask or not because this is the land of the free”.

My comment was yes, she does, if she does not care about affecting other people. She called it snide – and maybe it was a bit, although I wasn’t really thinking snidely when I said it. So I asked what the big deal was. Response: “it’s the land of the free”.

Does that then mean I don’t have to follow rules, obey laws, get a driver’s license, pay my taxes, wait for stores to open before I crash in? Because it’s the land of the free and I choose not to?

Sounds to me like some people either just do not like being told to do something – or some people are following Trump’s lead because he told them he knows everything – and they’ve swallowed that line.

Kinda like the person I know who posted “who agrees that it’s the media that causing racism division?” Because I guess it’s easier to blame the media than the guy you voted for and what has been inherent in our history for many years.

Boy, I just don’t understand people anymore.

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20 Responses to I Don’t Understand

  1. loisajay says:

    I’ve about given up, Carol. I don’t know if the people who don’t wear masks are ‘afraid’ to change their mind and wear them, or they truly believe it is an infringement of their rights to have to be told to wear one. Our City Council is now fining people who do not wear masks. Another blogger buddy here in FL told of a man standing outside a department store, fuming, because they would not allow him inside without a mask. Either I’m getting too old or it’s too much. Or neither or both. I don’t understand people, either.

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  2. I agree Carol. It seems like people have forgotten how to compromise or live in a civil society anymore. Especially older people – and then they complain that young people have no respect.

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  3. juliefj says:

    I had to chuckle at this one. I had a group of teenage girls that I taught a few times each week and whenever I tried to lay down the law about dress codes or other acceptable behaviors I was sure to face a backlash from at least one of the group. They would try to bargain and waste time and the only way to cut the nonsense short was to say ‘okay! I can ask you to do the right thing, but it’s a free country so I guess it is your decision. They always became quiet and did what I asked. You’ve got to love these funny young people trying to assert their rights at every turn.

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  4. dawnkinster says:

    I just don’t engage with anyone these days. Especially someone I don’t know. Scroll right by. Don’t spend much time on FB anymore either. It’s sad.

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  5. Not on FB, neither do I want to be. Hubby and I wear masks and gloves when we go out shopping or walking down the High Street. We avoid people wherever possible, and our dog walking friends are of the same frame of mind as they are happy to wave or converse from the other side of the street. Sure you can have freedom of choice. Mine is to mask up. If other people don’t want to, that’s their choice, but don’t expect me to stand around an chat with them.

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    • Carol says:

      The problem with that freedom is that by failing to mask up, they are jeopardizing others. That one sneeze on something someone else picks up right after, then adjusts their mask because their glasses are fogging. . .

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      • leendadll says:

        Did you see the vid of the maskless woman who had special permission to shop that way, because she claimed a breathing problem and doc order to go maskless? I thought, fine – but then get your groceries delivered! I also noted that she had plenty of breath for yelling in the store and, later, talking with reporters.

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      • Exactly. A mask is not just for the wearer’s protection. The knock on effect is horrendous, but most people don’t see that (including TPTB). Like the battle being lost for the want of a horseshoe nail…………….
        We do so many little things without thinking, not wearing gloves when we touch handles, doors, shopping baskets, then rubbing an itchy eye or scratching our nose without thinking. I’m uncomfortable with anything over my face, but I’ve got used to it when going out. Needs must and all that, but it’s not as if I have to wear it 24/7.

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  6. leendadll says:

    The most recent “free country” insanity I saw was a guy refusing to provide ID for a purchase cause, ‘it’s a free country; I don’t have to do SHIT!” But then denying that the shop owner was free to kick him out of the store… “I can stand where I want!” Uhhh… not on private property! Your “freedom” does outweigh the store owners. Free doesn’t mean no rules.

    Society seems to be breaking down on a mass scale.

    And I am exhausted by people who don’t understand masks are to protect others from you, not to protect you from them!!!

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  7. It’s a waste of time trying to have a reasonable discussion on FB most of the time. I sometimes make a comment but if the tone of the discussion starts to get angry I leave well alone. It’s all very well say “land of the free” but some decisions affect others too and we don’t have the right to harm others by our actions.
    People can be selfish.

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  8. We mask up every time we step out the door. Why? Because we want to do our part to help flatten the curve of the coronavirus pandemic. We don’t want to give or receive it.

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  9. What’s to understand? We are living in the land of the imbeciles.

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  10. Lisa says:

    We do live in a free country, but it’s a country of laws/rules and consequences for breaking them. Unfortunately, the lawlessness happening in our country is becoming anarchy. Anarchy is not exercising freedoms. Mask or no mask. Seems like common sense to wear one during this temporary time in our lives to protect lives. But, that’s where some of the mantra, my body my choice rings a bit disingenuous go me when it comes to pro-life or pro-choice. Pro-life is also trying to protect the lives. I guess in some ways I can see the rationale of mask deniers, but I don’t agree with it at all. I guess I support my body, my choice, when it doesn’t negatively affect another life. I’m sure I’ll now receive backlash for that comment. Yes, our society has lost its ability to debate and converse without vilifying the other person over disagreeing opinions. We just call each others names, blame the other side and politicize everything. It’s truly a sad state of affairs.

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  11. Kathy says:

    I don’t understand people anymore either. It’s one big long sigh. Big 4th of July weekend hugs to you.

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  12. Ally Bean says:

    We just had this conversation this morning over coffee. My husband and I cannot figure out why people are so upset about the masks, how wearing one to remain healthy translates into being denied freedom. People suck, as I often say– but more so lately.

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