The COVID-19 Pandemic: Vaccines and Face Masks   10 comments

As an old saying goes, there is good news and there is bad news.  The COVID-19 pandemic continues to devastate much of the world.  The United States of America is faring better than most nation-states, but a portion of our population eligible for vaccination refuses to get vaccinated.  I do not understand these people.  I do not want to understand these people.  The Biden Administration deserves high praise for taking the pandemic as seriously as is necessary and proper.  Leadership matters.

Given the recent changes in guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding face masks, I have altered my habits slightly.  I, fully vaccinated, do not wear masks outdoors as often as I used to do.  If nobody else is around outdoors, for example, I wear no face masks.  I still wear two face masks outdoors sometimes, though.  And I still wear two face masks inside stores.  Children younger than twelve years old are not eligible for vaccination yet.  Many people who are at least twelve years old have medical conditions that mean they should not get vaccinated yet.  Mutuality guides my thinking.  We are all responsible to and for each other.  My rights stop at someone else’s nose, so to speak, just as the other person’s rights stop at my nose.  I accept my responsibility to protect not only myself but others.

The sooner more people accept their responsibility and act accordingly, the sooner this pandemic will end.  Then we can put away our face masks while obeying the demands of moral accountability to each other and God.




Posted May 17, 2021 by neatnik2009 in Coronavirus/COVID-19

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10 responses to “The COVID-19 Pandemic: Vaccines and Face Masks

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  1. “Mutuality guides my thinking.”

    Thank you.

    • You are welcome.

      Mutuality is also one of the timeless principles behind culturally-specific examples in the Law of Moses.

      • Very good point (would that more of us were able to realize and keep this in mind more often…).

        Now, how do we help all of our society to understand and constantly remember this?

      • Hebrew prophets tried this thousands of years ago. How many people listened then? How many people read their texts (in final, edited form) and still miss this point. I do not know how to overcome willful obliviousness.

      • Sadly, good points.
        Yet, although we “are not required to complete the work,” we must still put in the effort to do some good, as some say that we “are not permitted to desist from it.”

        So, I’ve picked education as a means of trying, but you are right, of course: there is no way to overcome willful obliviousness, except perhaps via compassionate persistence?

      • “Compassionate persistence” is good.

        I have been thinking about the prophets lately, given that my new, long-private Bible study and blogging project is the prophets. (See Bloga Theologica, one of my other weblogs.)

      • Ah, I’ll have to find your Bloga Theologica (if you linked to it, the link didn’t show here in the comments side bar of the Reader, but I’ll go to it in the main reader in a second…). And thank you: I live with someone who sees things quite differently and often tries to change or direct me toward a more authoritarian and blame-oriented point of view, and so I work to be compassionate toward the difficulties that understanding certain things can present for an older person, but I often feel like Jeremiah, when he said that he was but a child, unworthy to speak, yet unable to stay silent even despite the punishment. Sometimes I suppose one must simply speak, as calmly and lovingly as possible, but still, even when I’d rather duck and be silent.

      • I know that feeling.

      • Hmm, I’m sorry to hear that.

      • That’s over now.

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