So, quarantine has been, you know, FUN. It took about three weeks for me to realize that this whole thing might last longer than three weeks, but here we are, bored to death and all at least a little bit anxious about what the future might look like.
First off I want to say that the thought of people dying doesn't make me happy. That being said, I don't feel much grief, if any, when any number of people on the other side of the globe die. Even people one state away from me. I might be extremely selfish, but I'd be lying if I pretended to be horrified. I'm really quite indifferent, whatever that may say about me.
So, with that out of the way, I'd like to explain the thought that have been circling around in my consciousness recently. It might seem a bit unrelated, but I am the kind of person to either generalize too much, or be way too specific.
So, risks. Going anywhere, there's some risk of catching COVID-19. It's inherent in the nature of viruses, and we all accept that. And like it or not, this virus can contribute to the death of a person. My whole problem with the quarantine is that the leaders of, well, the world, are choosing which risks a person takes. I think people should be able to quarantine themselves if they feel the need, and I feel just as strongly that if people want to go out and do things, they should be able to without being labeled as uncaring, dangerous, or stupid.
My concern is that bad things will happen when governments choose which risks we get to take. It's not like an infected person will walk door to door, intruding and spreading the virus. If you know you might be in serious danger, I can see why quarantine might be the best option. However, there are so many issues that can arise when the people are scared, and governments are making decisions that directly take certain freedoms away.
C. S. Lewis said it better than me.
"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of it's victims may be the most oppressive... Those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."
If I die, I die. And if you die, you're dead, and all things considered, this sickness isn't the worst way to go, I mean....
But no, let's be real. We can't stop the spread, so it's inevitable that everyone, at some point, will probably have it. The quarantine has been meant to keep hospitals from being overwhelmed, and that's good. If you die, you almost definitely have some pre-existing conditions that affect your health. Compromised immune systems are weaker than healthy ones. Unless you're already sick, you're pretty much safe. So why does everyone have to quarantine themselves? Why not make it a personal, informed decision? In some countries, people are starving, getting arrested for stepping outside! Is that not messed up?
People argue that it's best for the public health, but isn't the public health made up of individuals? Individuals with specific needs and dangers? Individuals who should be allowed to choose what risks they take?
Anyway, on the bright side, I get to go back to work. The only downside is that I have to wear a sweaty mask, but that hardly matters. So yeah. That's all.
Author Notes: Feel free to discuss with me things I might have missed, or points of mine that are wrong. Because I might be wrong.