I went to the grocery store at about 8AM today (Sunday) and it was all different. First, it was just not busy but the shelves were mostly stocked with some ongoing stocking still in the works. Secondly, masks are required now. But for that bozo who has it under his nose either not smart enough or sufficiently arrogant to prove he doesn't have to wear it in a usable fashion to meet the requirement, everyone was onboard with saving each other. I felt comfortable for the first time in a while.
I've been watching the news about mask protests and have noodled it a lot. I'm no sociologist or psychologist so my opinions are generally worthless. But they are free.
The last pandemic resulted in mask protests in the U.S. and the creation of the Anti-Mask League. Sounds like a Sherlock Holmes story.
Americans (at least those born on 3rd base, the majority of white Americans) are raised that they are special. Exceptionalism. We are the best. We built this country on spit and pulled ourselves up by our bootstraps. I heard the head of the Chamber of Commerce in Georgetown (a guy in his late 60's who was pretty smart) say that Georgetown was the best city in the best state in the best country. I was pretty shocked by that statement. My first thought was it isn't true, which it is not. My second thought was that he had to know that it isn't true but said it anyway. With conviction and damn near a tear in his eye.( Collapse )