I was death-scrolling through LinkedIn this morning and saw this post:
“I mask-up because I care about you. You should mask-up if you care about me.”
That statement assumes a lot.
It also levels quite a bit of accusation.
It assumes that my perception of someone wearing a mask is that they are a very caring person. It does not leave room for any other interpretation, such as believing that someone wearing a mask is only doing so to be perceived as caring for others, but in reality only cares about themselves and how they are perceived.
It assumes that if I am not wearing a mask (as they are) that I don’t care about them. It does not allow for an opinion that wearing a mask is a sign of capitulation to a statist society and therefore a symbolistic loss of individual liberty.
What it fails to account for is any other point of view on what is arguably a very divisive subject. It also interjects their opinion of the subject as the absolute measure of all things. If you don’t agree with their opinion, you’re obviously uncaring, and therefore should be made to feel guilty.
When exactly did free thought become indicative of apparent calousness?
This mantra of compliance or public shaming is indicative of a culture that has fully embraced relativism. When there is no anchor of truth in society, fear abounds. When fear abounds, strength is seen as a threat and therefore must be driven out.
Free thought is strength.