Friday, August 13, 2021

The current state of mind

Buried in a review of Nic Cage's new movie, is a sentiment I take heart in. It sums up my feelings so well.

This resonance hit home when I went into a grocery store the other day, where half the customers weren't wearing masks despite the store's posted request. I felt the flickering of a familiar anger -- and then a sort of internal shrug. The idea of returning to perma-rage about other people's lack of concern for public health is simply exhausting; it's overwhelming. Instead of anger or frustration, I found myself experiencing a kind of grief. Many of us, I think, are mourning the loss of normal life, and public civility, both of which feel like they may be gone for good.

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  1. I feel your pain. I don't mind, and actually enjoy, asking anyone who approaches me and is not wearing a mask to back up. So far, no one seemed slighted or annoyed by my request.

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    1. I read a bunch of stories like this, but I don't get it very much. Luckily New York is still mask central. Ed and I now take ours everywhere. We don't where them outside when walking, but about everywhere else. Our building put the mandate back in place for the common areas. Apparently 1 man (a renter) is the only one to ignore it (because the fines go to the owner).

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  2. I miss public civility, or the illusion of it, too.

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    1. I agree. Even the illusion of simple politeness and civility would be appreciate now.

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