I know that I said in my last post that I would be writing fiction on here for the foreseeable future. I felt that poking fun at a world at this time was both unnecessary and too easy from a creative standpoint. That remains my intent. I just have to get this one off my chest. I promise that I’ll immerse myself into creating imaginary characters and putting them into interesting situations as soon as I’m done my next tele-conference
I have a request for you, my gentle readers and the world beyond: Can we please just admit that the culture of ignorance might not be one we should embrace or celebrate?
In simpler times, we have been amused by people who truly believe that the world is flat. We rolled our eyes and chuckled at those who believe that anything small enough to not be visible to the naked eye could not exist. We laughed at reality TV stars and how dumb they were. In a previous post, I ranted about the legal profession defending stupidity. Hey, we’ve all got to make a living, right?
That was then, this is now.
Suddenly the ignorance of others is not so funny. In fact, it is downright terrifying. Every single person has an opinion about anything relating to COVID-19. It’s safe to say they can’t all be right.
Should I believe this guy, or that woman, or my own inner voices? Should I just blindly believe the same people I’ve always believed? Political leaders, religious figures and anyone with a webcam are more than happy to share their two cents with a population who has nothing to do except sit around looking for comfort.
I can only speak for myself. I’m overly college educated. I have my doubts about the media, and about how honest governments are being with us now (or ever, really).
You may wonder who am I listening to. Lots of people actually. This one gentleman in particular. His name is Jeremy Howard. He is a Distinguished Research Scientist at The University of San Francisco. If you’d like to hear what he has to say, here is the link. To be honest, the video starts off a little slowly, but at least you don’t have to read actual words.
If you’d care to forego the video, allow me to summarize it for you: Wear a freaking mask! It doesn’t have to be an N-95, or any other impossible-to-get-on Amazon-type thing. Make one out of a T shirt, use a scarf, use anything that you can breathe through. It will protect you and everyone else. The CDC is finally coming around and advising the same.
If you want to believe that the earth is flat or that this is just an overblown hoax, fine, but could you please wear a mask anyway?