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Monday, December 13. 2021
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John Steinbeck, from Travels with Charley
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Yes, that's the continuing mantra from some on the right for the last 20 months, isn't it? They are so brave, so brilliant for being simply irritable and calling it skepticism. They are the true Americans, the others are just cowards and sheep. They know (wink, wink; nod, nod) because...something.
Dare for fifteen seconds to consider that the opposite may be just as true.
"simply irritable " That defines the governors and lawmakers who mandate masks and stand up in front of us without masks to tell us. IF anyone in power mandates masks THEN they should be required to wear them 24/7 under penalty of imprisonment. AND their mandates should only apply to those who agree the rest of us should make our own choices as free men.
They are locked down like Cuomo and Biden in the basement, with a mask, and social distancing.
Yes, an infantilization in pursuit of ever-increasing safety.
I remember when my father turned 80 he said, in frustration, "I have a young man's brain trapped in an old man's body." Now that I am pushing 80, I understand his frustration.
Maybe true, but Travels with Charley was only loosely based on on what he actually did himself. Cocoon? That pretty much describes his actual behavior on this trip.
AVI, you're starting to sound like your handle actually applies.
Yes, Assistant should be removed from the descriptor.
I dunno. I'm being referee, not combatant, these days.That people have trouble with that might say more about them. For thirty years I have been railing that liberals argue from motive - what bad, stupid, evil people those conservatives are. Now the right is doing the same thing about covid and I've been railing about that for 18 months. When folks find themselves arguing because "those other people are timid and cowardly and don't want to live life fully; but we, the few, the strong, the independent are much better than that" then you are just being a liberal turned inside out.
Because once you (plural) argue from that, I'm going to tell you to buy a fucking mirror. Being noble and freedom-loving and courageous are not the only possible motives...right? I can give you some other possibilities if you like, but it's unlikely to be heard unless you do the exercise yourself. If you try and look for truth you will find the research is confusing, sometimes contradictory, sometimes changing, and requires humility. People sneered at those who said we might reach 100,000 deaths, and now we have nine times that. Memory hole around here among people who still bitch because Fauci contradicted himself on masks and has an imperious attitude. Most commenters here are only highlighting one side, and piling insults on anyone who dares disagree - just like those you are complaining about.
It's the first chapter of "Screwtape," over and over again.
The vaccine will save you https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2021/12/14/scientists-identify-young-vaccinated-people-as-source-for-omicron-variant/ unless it makes it worse.
Steinbeck was railing even before he had to listen to Gruesome Newsom, Fauci and the like. He did not realize how privileged he was.
As for being smothered by love, tell me about it. Those who worry about my welfare, don't realize that at age 86, I have lived long enough to understand my limits.
Yes, I can still climb a ladder, thank you; and I know to steady myself and not go too high. I can still putter with yard work, for shorter spells. And getting tired doing things is not bad. I can still haul my kayak across the beach, and fish in the bay for 4 to 5 hours; and I really do not want to do a surf launch into the ocean or battle Pacific swells. So, no need to caution me constantly.
I do understand that it is all motivated by love; but, there still has to be a little pushing the limits, even if they are much closer. I can't take a night cat launch off of a carrier ever again--nor do I care to--but even old men need some space. Please. And if he does something stupid, he will hopefully accept the consequences with grace.
You sound like my father, who insists on changing his own light bulbs and walking alone into town to buy a new cellphone. At age 90. I hope I am as fortunate...
He is also unaware of the stains on his favorite clothing, and his unwillingness to get his cataracts taken care of has led to some tire-squealing close calls during those jaunts into town.
When he "tripped on the curb while darting across the street" he certainly "accepted it with grace" - but the medic saw evidence of a blackout, and my sister and i had to divvy up 24 hours of "observation" in hospital to rule out concussion or stroke. We are still working stiffs....
Steven Covey nicely described life's progress from childhood dependence, to young independence... And finally adulthood's *inter*dependence, with the challenges of stewardship and the rich rewards of intimacy.
I understand the impulse to preserve independence.
Maybe try for some more interdependence.
Well, Ben David there will probably come a point for everyone. Refusal to have cataracts repaired may be a defining indicator.
On the other hand I know young people who will not get a COVID vaccine, just because.
Tripping on a curb or spilling food, probably not. Neglecting to look in the mirror before appearing in public on the other hand...
My screed was a plea to not anticipate trouble before it is manifest.
I presume that most who are entering the geriatric years would want to continue this life just so long as they do not become burdensome--and no longer. Therein lies the dilemma.
Precisely. All answers are right, all answers are wrong, and real lives hang in the balance.
I will mention that it is useful to remember, when seeing an older person driving slowly, or making life inconvenient in line, that if they stopped doing this, someone else would have to do it for them, which might be culturally and emotionally useful, but is a clear economic drag.