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Yesterday was the first time in months that I ventured out of the suburb I’ve been living in and into a major metropolis, and it was quite an eye-opening experience. Throughout the day, I was fortunate in that most of the people I encountered in confined or enclosed areas were doing their civic duty and wearing a face covering of some sort or another (most were wearing masks), but rarely does a day goes by without a new story about a new set of idiots (usually back home in the US) who are refusing to cover their noses and mouths. This post contains a message to those idiots.
As I was walking through London’s Covent Garden area yesterday, a small memorial in the ground caught my attention. The memorial was dedicated to the workers of Covent Garden Market who perished during the World Wars of the early 20th century and it sits almost unnoticed at one of the market’s many entrances.
The inscription reads:
“When you go home tell of us and say ‘For your tomorrow we gave our today'”
“To the memory of those who worked at Covent Garden market and gave their lives in the Great War (1914-1918) and the Second World War (1939-1945)”
The opening line is a beautiful sentiment that originally comes from the Kohima memorial to the Burma campaign of the Second World War and, after reading it, I couldn’t help but think of the millions of men and women (across numerous conflicts) who gave their lives so that I and countless others may live free from oppression and persecution. My thoughts then turned to all the people who are now hiding behind the words “liberty” and freedom” in their pathetic attempts to justify why they refuse to wear a face covering when asked to.
If you happen to be one of those people here’s a message for you:
In times that are still being kept fresh in memory, millions of people sacrificed their lives for the greater good. They sacrificed their lives so that you can live free and enjoy the liberties you have today. They most definitely did not offer up their lives so that you can pick and choose which public health orders you adhere to. Considering what these people went through and gave up so that you may live the life you have, your unwillingness to make the insignificant “sacrifice” of wearing a face covering for the greater good makes you an embarrassment to humanity.
Your attempts to use the freedom and liberty that others died to preserve to justify your own selfishness is insulting to their memories, and the fact that you’re so willing to trample upon those memories marks you out as a truly hateful human being and one that’s deserving of nothing but society’s contempt.
Refusing to wear a mask or a face covering isn’t a badge of honor, it’s a badge that marks you out as a thoughtless individual with very little understanding of what the words liberty and freedom really mean, what the real costs and sacrifices the protection of those ideals have been, or what the responsibilities of living in a free society really are.
I’m sure you’ve convinced yourself that your ridiculous refusal to wear a face covering makes you a “patriot” and “defender of civil liberties”, but you’re really just an idiot parroting words you don’t understand and who couldn’t be further from embodying the ideals of freedom and liberty.
Allow me to sum things up this way: In the last hundred years, members of your family or, at the very least members of your friends’ families, have almost certainly given their lives so that others may live theirs. Now here you are refusing to do something as simple and painless as covering your nose and mouth so the same may happen again. Aren’t you embarrassed to be the person you are?
Featured image: United Nations COVID-19 Response via Unsplash