Shortly after Chatham-Kent council imposed mandatory masks, Coun. Joe Faas was quoted as saying, “Usually when there is a crisis, whether it be a war or something like that, communities are brought together… working together for a common cause, but the face mask situation has divided our community and I’m very disappointed in that.”
His insight is very suggestive of the situation we are seeing, not only in our community, but in our country. Throughout Canada, there are various opinions as to how governments ought to have handled the COVID crisis, which is what would be expected. We’re all trying to do our best.
But when such a division does arise in our community, it make individuals stop and think: “Why has this issue divided our community so?”
In his same comments, Mr. Faas also pointed out that the May 16th Miracle “was a very successful show of community support in working together in trying to deal with this pandemic.”
This event was very impressive, and a revealing insight to humanity. No one wants to be the bad guy. We all want to do good and to be good. We can all agree that no one wants division in the community. So why is there?
No one wants this virus to spread, including those who don’t follow the “rules.” But now we do not have a choice to do the “right thing.” We no longer have the ability to exercise the very things that make us human – our reason, our empathy, our compassion, our love. In a “fight” to protect people from getting sick, we have neglected to consider the soul and those decisions that make us human.
For example, when a husband comes home from work with flowers, their significance depends on how and why he decided to pick them up. If his wife asked him to pick them up, this is not really the romantic ideal of bringing home flowers – because it was not entirely his choice or decision.
When that same husband brings home flowers because he wanted to do something out of love, this decision is full of meaning and consequence. The husband is a better person for it, the wife is reassured of a truth, their home is a happier place because of his thoughtfulness.
However, different from either of these, would be if that same husband was ordered to pick up flowers under penalty of sleeping on the couch. He brought flowers out of fear, not out of love.
The plain fact is that many of those in authority do not trust humanity to make the right choices for each individual’s needs. They do not believe that a community can come together in times of difficulties, but instead it must be ordered to come together.
Individuals are not left to make the world a better place through their choices, because individual choice has been taken away. We must obey under consequence of fines, threats or persecution.
We no longer can act upon our own accord, out of a desire for good, but we must mask up because our superiors say so. And not with a mask that signifies love, steadfastness, or consideration, but rather with a mask that now can only signify fear of what will happen if we don’t.
Adam and Gabriela Childs