Or believe me.
I feel like Cassandra, the Trojan princess of Apollo, who was cursed to rant about true prophecies but never to be believed. She was beautiful, clever, and thought to be insane. Maybe it’s no accident that people often misread my name and refer to me as Cassandra. Maybe it’s more apt than I thought. (Except maybe the “beautiful” part.)
Now, though, I’m beginning to feel like a caricature of myself, a shrill Covid shrew, a political pain in the ass, a relentless ranter.
Cannot shut myself up
It’s hard for me to hush up. I simply can not believe so many Americans are denying Covid science, putting themselves and others at risk. Or taking risks just because they want to do what they want to do and are tired of being limited. It’s horrifying how many breakthrough infections of the vaccinated are occurring as a result. That’s what happens when so few people are willing to take responsibility for the bigger picture.
On top of that, I’m shocked that so many Americans are actively destroying our democracy, our entire system of government. Horrified at the openness with which many “Republican” politicians display their venal natures and how many people are fooled by them. What is going on here?
All around me on social media I see teachers vocally against masks in their classrooms. Anti-vaxxers thinking their “strong immune systems,” herbs and supplements will protect them. There are irresponsible chiropractors and naturopaths who have lost any semblance of common sense and hold positions on Covid that can and may already have cost lives.
I see posts about social events taking place unmasked and indoors. Friends attending indoor plays and concerts in large groups, even with masks. I see people going on VACATION. To crowded beaches. To other countries. And I see the infection rate rising, ICU beds become scarce and people with other serious illnesses unable to access life-saving hospital care.
What is going on here?
I see people in total denial of the easy spread of Covid even as an exhausted relative who is an ER room doc tweets that she’s seen more Covid patients on her shift this day in a moderate-sized city than she has since last spring when she worked in much bigger city.
Every day is Groundhog Day:
It’s the same stuff, different day. Every single day.
I rant and I post and I text to no avail. It’s not like I change anyone’s mind. After responding to an anti-vax, anti-mask parent that she should feel free to kill herself and her kids but not the rest of us, I immediately got assigned a cell in Facebook jail for 24 hours. I am guilty of “bullying.”
Oh. My. God. The irony. We just got through four years with a true bully in the oval and this post is considered “bullying”? Do they even know the definition of the word?
Where is the great social media God, Facebook, when misinformation is being spread? Why aren’t much more harmful posters banned?
And why do I feel so compelled to continue to speak out?
Facts are facts: indisputable
Because I believe in facts. Because I know that my positions are logical and science-based. The CDC says hat 56% of Covid cases are spread asymptomatically. That is fact. So when people play the odds, risking themselves and others, it’s obvious. It astonishes me that they are so willing to take chances with their lives and the lives of others. Chances that are morally wrong. I am horrified.
And then some of them sit in church, unmasked.
I know without a doubt that there was a fair election in November and I can also see that an equally horrifying problem in politics today (besides politicians who deny masks and vaccination yet are quick to access the best treatment once they get Covid) is the dumb-asses who believe in Trump and who are re-inventing what happened Jan. 6.
WTF? I mean, really, WTF?
What’s really going on?
Looking around in disbelief at the shambles that has been made of my country by corrupt politicians and ignoramuses, I scream to myself and others: “What is wrong with people today?”
Looking around and those who are unwilling to do what it takes to end this pandemic, I scream to the wind, “WTF? What the actual F?”
I am preaching to the choir. Those in the cheap seats couldn’t care any less.
So many are dying needlessly and will continue to die, I point out in texts to loved ones and in posts, unless some of these Covid disbelievers start paying attention to science. Unless those of us who actually believe in science take better precautions to protect ourselves from breakthrough infection and others. Unless we see that we play a role in the bigger picture. That we are responsible beyond ourselves.
If that weren’t bad enough, the insurrection January 6 was simply the opening shot in a civil war. Our democratic system is being destroyed, a civil war is in progress and will one day explode. These things I believe at a visceral level.
I am compelled to speak out.
It’s like spitting in the wind. People are doing what they want to do regardless of their IQs and regardless of my rants.
But for some reason, I can not stop myself from trying to present my reasoned case. I just can not.
Cassandra, trying desperately to get people to hear her prophecies.