Running From Face Masks Is Like Running From a Bad Marriage
Our weak era says it’s a good idea to leave a bad marriage. The truth is any two mature adults who want to get along, can get along, and have a healthy, happy, functioning marriage. Rather than being justification for leaving, it’s more likely that a bad marriage is a sign of a need for greater commitment to the marriage.
Our weak era says it’s a good idea to leave a bad town and try the next one.
The truth is, if you wouldn’t go to finance committee meetings in the old town and attend the council meetings, and if you didn’t have lunch from time-to-time with the mayor, or your alderman, and didn’t make your opinion known to them in ways that they could listen to and perhaps even be swayed by, then you are probably part of why the place you live in is rubbish, and you’ll be equally responsible in the next place when it turns to rubbish.
Involved, informed, present, and vocal is what is needed of you if you are going to shape the world around you, because otherwise you leave a vacuum. Nature abhors a vacuum.
Do you go to school board meetings? Do the board members know you and know what you expect of them? Do you even know who the people are on the board who decide if cultural Marxism or the Bible, anti-Westernism or Socrates will be taught to your child or grandchildren or neighbors children? Because if you don’t, you are part of the problem.
Having such decision makers and non-governmental leaders in the community know who you are by first and last name is a good indicator that you are staying involved, informed, present, and vocal. Certainly, there are plenty of people who are known by first and last name who aren’t involved, informed, present, and vocal. They are reliable flies on the wall who add little. I don’t advocate for that. You have a life. You have better things to do than attend every meeting, but you can still be involved, informed, present, and vocal in your community. If you show up to meetings once in a while and raise a fuss once in a while, you’ve done 80% of the work.
That doesn’t mean you win every battle. It doesn’t mean things always go your way. It means you show up for the fights that you value most, and you make your presence felt as a wise and concerned voice. Those who don’t show up for the fight are guaranteed to never win any fights.
The Niemollerian Buffer
Do you wear your face mask, or do you refuse to and go so far as to keep a wide Niemollerian buffer around you?
A Niemollerian buffer is named for Martin Niemoller, author of the poem “First they came for the socialists…,” a poem about the importance of defending the rights of others.
A Niemollerian buffer is created when you protect the rights of others. A nice benefit of doing so is that if you successfully defend the rights of others, not only do you get great practice defending yourself if it ever comes down to that, but more importantly if you successfully defend the rights of others, you are unlikely to ever need to worry about defending yourself.
Defending yourself is a far more unpleasant hotseat to be on. A Niemollerian buffer is one way to keep wide boundaries around yourself: protecting the liberties of others.
Instead of wearing a mask, do you go so far as lecturing managers, saying how dare they force their employees to wear masks?
Do you comment to decision makers that the filthy things everyone must wear on their faces help to spread disease, and ask them to be more thoughtful and less threatening about protecting their employees?
Do you contact ser
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