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Mask Of Tragic Comedy

August 24th, 2020 Leave a comment Go to comments

source: https://www.medicaldaily.com/top-12-best-face-masks-coronavirus-covid-19-protection-2020-novel-coronavirus-452720

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., watch fireworks during the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Masks have now gone mainstream as their deployment is being mandated across the entire breadth of our lives.  As in all things American, it wasn’t good enough to simply have just one style of mask, it was necessary to make fashion statements as well.  Hence all manner of stylish face coverings are now available from dollar stores to on line sources allowing people to be individuals: in a me too kind of way.  The marketing for this new cultural fixture is so pervasive that they are worn even when the chance of infection, the original reason for them, is vastly remote.  Driving in your own car for example; bathing in your own shower; riding on a motorcycle or rock climbing.  It’s even important to wear masks while posting on Instagram.  Imagine that.

This public mania falls on the heels of the last great hysteria which happened only recently.  Does anyone remember the hoarding of toilet paper now?  Do we recall the occasional fights that broke out over purchases of Charmin at Costco?  Do we recall those nutters that hoarded TP  as if it were an essential survival item like canned beans, freeze dried foods and bullets are for Preppers?

Only a few years from now, people will look back with amusement ( and hopefully a lot of anger) at the photos taken of their lives during this insane time.  There will be grad pictures, weddings, family gatherings, holidays, festivals and other precious times in which everyone will resemble bank robbers.  Look at the image of the Democratic nominees for President;  they look like they’ve just cleaned out the nearest Bank of America. There has been a massive push of propaganda that masks prevent the spreading of a virus that statistically over 99.5% of people recover from even if they happen to catch it.  People have been deluded to think that a mask will make them safe.  This is as laughable as the idea that shoulder pads on women’s dresses in the ’80’s made them appear more feminine.  As some have pointed out, if underwear doesn’t hold in the lovely fragrance of flatulence, a mask is not going to stop a deadly virus.

Life really does resemble art.  In 1842, Edgar Allen Poe published The Masque of The Red Death in which a Prince tries to avoid a plague by wearing masks and hiding in his room. They are exposed to a person who purportedly carries the Red Death under a mask but in fact had nothing tangible inside of it.  The Prince died anyway, though of fright not of plague.

Well the mask wearers may get the last laugh yet.  For us non mask wearers, we’ve probably been lucky to have survived the last 6 months in this viral soup which surrounds us. Our luck may yet run out, in which case, we’re taking photos of ourselves now for posterity.

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