Not too long ago, I was shopping in a local store when I passed two women, one of whom, as I walked by, turned her head and sneezed, taking off her mask to do so.
She then turned back around and said to the woman she was talking to: “If they get COVID, that’s their problem.”
I honestly used to see posts like that on Facebook and Twitter and thought they were fake. No one could be that ignorant, that selfish.
And on that day, I learned that not only are there people out there like that but they are all around us.
I believe this attitude is one of the biggest reasons we’ve had it so bad with COVID.
I get it, some of it was inevitable. But some of it was also completely preventable.
And that goes from everyday folks like you and I all up the chain of command in politics.
You had politicians on both sides of the aisle use it as a political football for their own personal gains, their constituents, many of whom are suffering through the disease or through unemployment and other things indirectly caused by it, be damned.
Hell, we live in a state where these same politicians are worried about overturning election results more than the people which they serve.
Confidence and arrogance oozes out of every pore of America. And I love it.
But sometimes, it can be to our own detriment. I believe that’s exactly what has happened with COVID.
And I’ll be the first to admit, that I didn’t think it would turn out to be as serious as it was when it first started what seems like ages ago at the beginning of 2020.
But you know what? I learned, adapted, and took it seriously.
And it still sucked. I lost my job and a lot of other things we all used to take for granted.
But we’re Americans, which also means we bounce back.
And we will, but we could have done so much quicker if we had practiced a bit more modesty.
Perhaps that’s a lesson we can take with us into 2021.