You Are Your Own Best Advocate
The president’s shiny new press secretary, Barbie or whatever, cracked wise recently over the reporters in the briefing room, feigning wonder that so many of them seemed to prefer that the nation’s houses of worship remain closed until the danger of contagion is past.
Now first of all, I should think that such a disparaging generalization is rather beneath the office of presidential press secretary. Secondly, of course the implication was “I doubt any of you heathens would step hoof inside a church, synagogue, or mosque anyway.” One of the reporters present clapped back with dignified elegance by insisting that he for one does go to church and would really like to get back there soon.
Okay, that’s commendable. But does it truly matter whether a person gathers with others to worship their deity or deities? I think we can all agree that gathering cheek by jowl with other humans at a place of worship right now is still not a good idea, any more than it is a good idea to gather with other humans, say, on public transportation, or at a crowded restaurant.
You know what’s smart, don’t you? You don’t need to be told basic stuff, do you? Wash your hands often, stay home unless absolutely necessary and then if you have to go out, wear your mask and keep your distance if at all possible. Obviously, if you are being forced by a cruel employer to defy all of this, you have to decide for yourself what is worth more. Wipe down your groceries, your shoe soles, your phone.
You know that even if public places are all open for business, you don’t really need to go there (except under the circumstance already listed above). You are your own best advocate. You can decide what is right, smart, fair, and safe. Just because some politician sprays optimistic rhetoric about the economy doesn’t mean you need to believe that he or she has some Supreme Holy Medical Truth.
A politician has other strengths, and they mostly do not include a medical or scientific education(not including reality TV stars, who have no other strengths beyond the pong of narcissism and corruption).
A secondary, but no less important point is that we are in this alone, without a leader.
It is true that we have governors who are mostly trying to do what’s right. Our own here in Wisconsin has had his earnestly tepid response watered down by the Republican lawmakers who do trump’s bidding in all things.
But we must do the right thing for ourselves, in as much as we are able.
My advice? If you are bullied by someone who takes exception to your mask, politely cough on them. Explain that you’re feeling much better following your diagnosis but gosh, you do hope they haven’t caught it now too, from standing in your personal space.