**Originally posted on 06/13/2020**
Here comes another perspective. Y’all ready? We have now clearly outlined how masks are NOT SUPPORTED by scientific evidence. See my previous (lengthy) mask post. Select govt officials want “community encouragement” and PEER PRESSURE to drive these unhealthy actions. Police do not want involved for very good reasons. Have we considered the safety issues?I fully believe that masks are DANGEROUS and I’ll tell you why…
1) masks do not allow you to read facial expressions
2) masks degrade situational awareness
3) masks hinder lip-reading and inhibit communication
4) masks create fear and division
These are all recipes for a very dangerous social situation. If there is a violent event, it would be VERY DIFFICULT to identify perpetrators when every person is wearing a mask. If someone is running toward you with a mask, you cannot quickly differentiate scared from angry, confused, or happy. Any person that runs at you with a mask during a high-stress event will be treated as the enemy because the human body protects itself. And, it will always protect itself by erring on the side of caution!
Now imagine a mass casualty event. How are security persons, first responders, or fellow good samaritans supposed to identify who-is-who in a sea of masks?! They CANNOT. Anyone can quickly escape with a mask on, if everyone is wearing a mask! Or: Everyone will be treated like a suspect until cleared. I cannot imagine the trauma generated from a situation like that.
This is not the world you want. You just don’t. Why are we afraid to BREATHE around each other?! We are sending the message that we cannot even exist together. We no longer communicate a simple smile in passing. Have you felt how alienating it is to smile to masked people? I constantly feel judged, shamed, hated, and uncomfortable around masked people. Yet, I smile anyways. I can’t tell if you’re smiling back in your mask and your eyes only show me fear.
We have got to start thinking about the social repercussions of distancing and masking. Humans are SOCIAL beings and these demented recommendations are just that — RECOMMENDATIONS. Not laws, nor do you want them to become laws. YOU CAN SAY NO. NO IS AN ANSWER. I behoove you to stand up and flatten the fear!
Take off the masks, smile at your neighbor, and live in the world you want to see. Support your community health, feel safe using your face, and for goodness sake DON’T PUT THAT GARBAGE ON YOUR CHILD’S FACE.
*If you disagree, fine. Let’s talk or maybe you can simply exit stage left…