Brazilian Bravery, American Cowardice: The Reverberating Harm You Do to Others When You Mask Up
“To whom much is given, much is expected,” is an ethical principle and a moral one that undergirds Western culture.
In a letter from a reader, I found a great deal of courage. I wish this man were my neighbor and my friend. I wish this man and his entire family lived close to me.
In a land as free as the United States, I can hardly imagine the limitless potential of what such a man would be able to accomplish in the name of freedom.
A reader writes:
I have been reading your articles on LewRockwell.com and have bought “Face Masks in One Lesson.” I have learned much during my research in the last couple years. Your challenges have been what I’ve needed to get going.
I’m not sure Brazil has a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), but I know a couple of attorneys here (one’s my brother-in-law) and I will find out. Meanwhile, I will go to city hall and obtain a copy of the mayor’s decree about face masks.
I have been wearing a mask in order to gain access to supermarkets, but I never cover my nose…only my mouth. Last week, at one of the markets, there were several men dressed in black checking out the face mask compliance. One of them stopped me and said I should cover my nose. I told him,”No, I cannot. It is dangerous to my health.” He said I could continue as is.
My dentist’s staff all wear masks as do clients in the waiting room. I do not, although there is a sign saying masks are required. I have never been challenged there.
Several other stores — but not pharmacies — do not strictly enforce the mask decree. If I get the copy of the decree today, I will look for exemptions.
Thank you so much for what you’ve done.
—A Reader in Brazil
I wish this man would never wear a mask, but I believe he is well on his way to that.
This man is a very special one-in-a-million. I know nothing about him outside of this note. What I see is someone who demands to live a free life and to draw boundaries that none will cross.
I am looking for the 8,000 other one-in-a-million just like him. Surround yourself with a few lions like that, and you’d be surprised how quickly you quit paying attention to what your more sheeplike brethren are focussed on. Your attention moves onto another plane, and you begin to lead, unfazed by who chooses to follow or not, unfazed by who chooses to resist or not, unfazed by who chooses to grow emotional or not. In a state like that, your every act, your every step, your every word becomes a testament to your leadership and an inspiration to those around you. People quickly either follow or get out of your way. Few make the mistake of thinking that they will walk up to a pride of lions and lead them. It’s a fool’s errand.
Surround Yourself With Lions And The Baahing Of The Sheep Won’t Matter
If you feel alone look at PeoplesRights.org, Weston A. Price Foundation, or go to your local unmasked church. Surround yourself face-to-face with people of courage.
You are not alone.
Myself and many others who write in these pages write, among other reasons, so that you know there are many more just like you.
Most of the rest of the people out there don’t matter. Their knee-jerk protests, no matter how intimidating, are merely the reactive compliance tests of an uncertain or insecure person and the death rattles of the status quo. Do not mistake protestations for thought. Most of the rest will follow when an appropriate leader in their midst ste
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