Pride is a heckuva drug.
Nobody likes being wrong. Nobody likes being called out or ridiculed when they are wrong. But the fact of the matter remains, those who have taken, and continue to take, the pandemic lightly in the name of “freedom of choice,” “freedom from tyranny” or some other nonsense, are wrong.
They, who continue to say, “lift the mask mandates” and cry because they fear for their children’s “well-being” are one thing, and one thing only. They are selfish individuals. They are selfish because they only care about themselves and they don’t want to be called out for being wrong.
This selfish behavior disregards their immune comprised neighbor. This selfish behavior can, and will, get people killed. The pandemic is not going away any time soon. The reason that it isn’t going away anytime soon is because we don’t care about each other. The sad fact is that we have demonstrated that we are not “one people.”
We are, for better or worse, a diverse group of individuals with different religions, from different socio/economic backgrounds; levels of education, ethnicities, colors (which facilitate prejudice/stereotypes). America is not a country; it is a business.
Therefore, our decisions are based on what will benefit us economically. We don’t look at our neighbor’s humanity. Don’t get me wrong, there are many good citizens in this country who are kind and considerate of one another. But, when some American’s views are challenged in a way that makes them feel attacked/questioned/judged, we can, and many time do, revert to a primal form of self-serving attitudes.
Therefore, they are skeptical of the vaccine, even though most of the most powerful and wealthy people have taken the vaccine. It is also why many of us are choosing to not wear masks. Here are the facts; the vaccine works. Wearing masks works. However, these things only work if we are all doing it together. The vaccine minimizes an infected person’s chances of being hospitalized and dying.
However, it does not prevent infection. This means that if I am vaccinated, I can still get infected and pass it on to an unvaccinated person.
It’s time for the Governor and Cobb County Schools to set aside their pride and mandate masks and vaccines for everyone who is eligible. Swallow your pride and do what’s right for everyone, forget your “feelings.”
Francisco R. Silverio
United States Marine Corps Reserve
Cobb County resident