At the beginning of the pandemic, I heard what people were saying about wearing masks. I even had a friend in Europe ask me, “Why does your leadership say not to wear a mask?” I quoted the story told in the press, but it did seem both sides of the pond had a different take on wearing or not wearing the “smile-blocker.”
When Texas jumped on board with the “mandatory mask” rules, I hated it from the very beginning. Although, I had started to wear a mask when going to the store. I could make an argument, “I am healthy and not sick. Why should I wear a mask? I had a negative COVID test 6 weeks ago. I should still be good, right?” While all of that may be true, I am a rule follower. If the governor or someone else who has legal standing can say, “No more shopping without your mask.”, then I will comply. I will wait to put the mask on until just before entering the building. And, as soon as my hands are free and I am outside of the building, I will remove the mask. Maybe I think I am getting away with something by not wearing the mask for one second longer than necessary. Regardless of my dislike for the mask, I recognize the store’s authority. If they say, “No shopping in our store unless you wear a mask.”, then I guess I am naïve enough to take them literally. Could they possibly mean that shopping without a mask within their establishment is not to be tolerated?
This brings me to today. (And a week ago when I went to the same store.) Today, as I walked behind a couple, (were they a husband and wife? Were they a mother and son? To my untrained eye, they did not scream, “I am healthy and I don’t care who knows it.”), I noticed they didn’t have a mask on. I thought, “If they walk in that way, that is pretty brazen.” After being told at the same store last week that, “The manager really doesn’t like enforcing that rule.”, my spider senses started tingling.
If it is a rule, it is a rule. Or, is it a rule unless someone ignores the rule, then it isn’t a rule for them? But, if it isn’t a rule for them, who is it a rule for? As I inquired of the gentlemen offering additional sterilizing services of my cart as I walked in, “Why can’t they order online and pick up their order?” Smaller retail stores sometimes have signs on their front windows, “Call ‘this number’ for curbside assistance.” They want your business. Yet, they realize consistency is important. If they let customers decide whether a rule applies to them, then isn’t that a step on the road toward anarchy? (In fairness, I get irritated when dog owners have their dogs off the leash in mandatory leash areas, too.)
Unfortunately, nearly everything is political these days. As you evaluate what governments do and don’t do, realize the factors you need to consider when you receive your ballot on election day. (If you vote early, it is the same difference.) One party favors more government. The other party favors less government involvement. Neither party may be offering you an ideal candidate. As a Christian, I see both of the major party tickets being flawed. Despite this fact, I will vote. And, I will encourage others to vote for the candidate that best expresses their values. If they don’t know who does, I will tell them. 😉