People are starting to lose it now over the corona pandemic, the lockdown, etc. The pandemic is bad, but we make it worse. I’ve aired my grievances below in a new episode of Old Man Rants- Covid Edition (see original rant for backstory).
Who Knows And Who Cares?
“Shutting the country down saved lives and kept the death rate down.” Probably true. “Look, the death numbers are far lower than originally predicted. We overreacted by shutting everything down.” Maybe we did. Both might be true. I don’t know for sure and neither do you. But I do know that arguing over it is a complete waste of time. It’s like when my uncles get drunk and argue over which was the greatest band of all time. Utterly useless. You can’t even apply your argument to the next pandemic because chances are it will be a whole different situation, just like this one was.
You’ve probably heard the term by now, used to describe people behaving recklessly during the pandemic. But I think the definition is too narrow. To me, a covidiot includes anybody who argues (on social media or real life) over whether we should protect public health or restart the economy. Does anybody not want to do both? Why do we have to fight over everything? Disagreeing is fine but way too many of us have just become obnoxious. Realistically, unless we can achieve both strong public health and a decent economy, we’re pretty well screwed. So let’s cut the toddler show and figure this out like adults.
Social Media Sucks And It’s Your Fault
While we’re on the subject of arguing like toddlers….Facebook. What an embarrassment to humanity. People have come unhinged with all the political arguments, name-calling, assumptions, accusations, etc. Covid issues have taken things from bad to ridiculous. Everybody calm down! Before posting an inflammatory article or mouthing off to somebody, ask yourself if you would actually use those words or that tone if you were talking in person. My guess is “probably not” in a lot of cases or else we’d be needing to expand the police force to break up all the fistfights. As Stephen Covey says, seek first to understand, then to be understood. You’ll never get anybody to see your point by acting like a jerk, unless the point is that you’re a jerk.
Be Cool And Just Wear The Mask For God’s Sake
If you go to a store, and they have sign on the door asking you to wear a mask, then please wear one whether you personally think it’s necessary or not. Let’s be respectful. Masking up is not that big an inconvenience and if by chance you’re unknowingly carrying the virus, you could potentially cause problems for people by going naked-faced. If you’re going to be around people, wear the mask. The upside far outweighs the down. And if you’re going to call somebody out for not wearing a mask, at least do it politely.
I thought our local TV station was at it’s worst during snowstorms. They’d have reporters on the scene at half a dozen intersections around the area, all reporting that it’s snowing. “Wait- what?! It’s snowing across town too?!”, said nobody, in between yawns as they reached for the remote. Well, corona virus news coverage is often just as bad. At first, the reporting was valuable, but as things have worn on I feel like I’m watching reruns of yesterdays newscast. Each day is like those snowy street corners on my local TV station. Surely there’s some other news story worthy of being reported.
And speaking of news shows, I’d just like to remind everybody that cable news/opinion/analysis shows are different from straight-up news broadcasts. Same goes for news-influenced, late-night comedy shows. Not. The. Same. Thing.
Since the corona outbreak, our constant arguing, fighting and immaturity towards each other has gotten even more tiresome and useless than usual. As a people, we’re all at fault. And if we’re going to solve our problems (coronavirus and beyond) we need to show a lot more maturity. Starting right now.
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