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(111,563 posts)
Mon May 25, 2020, 06:12 PM May 2020

A confusing rationalization

People are angry over the wearing of masks?

It is my understanding that a mask is worn to protect others more than it is to protect yourself?

So why would people, that do not wear a mask, object to being protected from a virus?

Why do they object to others wearing a mask? Since they stand a better chance of infecting someone else if they are not wearing a mask, why would they prefer that you not wear a mask also?

I cannot understand this rationalization?

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(12,712 posts)
1. My take...
Mon May 25, 2020, 06:19 PM
May 2020

We are projecting our intelligence and common sense outward as if we assume that they are universal in this country.

The truth is that there is a sampling of the population that are total dumbass morons who, not being able yet to distinguish their asses from holes in the ground, are unable to grasp all the complexity surrounding ideas like contagion, vectors, masks, PPE, and that odd concept of social distancing.

In their total confusion, they cry with passion, "My Freedumbs!" in hopes that that will suffice as a seemingly meaningful response and to cover for their complete befuddlement on matters concerning a very big word: pandemic.

Our expectations are bound to be dashed again and again if we don't come to grips with just how vapid and confused these people really are. Sorry.


(12,978 posts)
2. They think the threat of COVID-19 is overblown...
Mon May 25, 2020, 06:24 PM
May 2020

... in order to "make Trump look bad," so they think masks are totally unnecessary in either direction, probably, and are only worn because the wearer is weak, frightened, or liberal.



(65,832 posts)
3. The very existence of people behaving decently and rationally is a reproach to them, so
Mon May 25, 2020, 06:24 PM
May 2020

of course they get riled up.


(52,112 posts)
4. A woman who was in a crowded beach gathering
Mon May 25, 2020, 06:26 PM
May 2020

without a mask told CNN that she "isn't worried or afraid of getting sick and dying so why should she wear one?". Great attitude...


(43,155 posts)
5. I think wearing a mask identifies you as someone who believes liberal commie scientists
Mon May 25, 2020, 06:27 PM
May 2020

instead of our Lord and Savior Donald Trump.


(9,241 posts)
6. their Messiah won't wear one, so why should they?
Mon May 25, 2020, 06:29 PM
May 2020

some of them seem to think it means that those who wear them are "slaves" to the government, and cannot think for themselves.

Sounds like another case of projection.


(7,773 posts)
7. It's like Medieval Times
Mon May 25, 2020, 06:29 PM
May 2020

...except instead of wearing a blue crown or a red crown and cheering for knights, you wear a mask or no mask and cheer for old white guys.

Also there are no falcons.

So instead of kicking ass, it just blows.

I offered up a theory which may explain how we got here to a small degree, but the idea was universally panned here on DU.




(37,748 posts)
8. Not so much a theory as it was simply empty and unsupported criticisms,
Mon May 25, 2020, 06:37 PM
May 2020

lacking any objective evidence to support them. In other words, you offered up a bumper sticker.


(7,773 posts)
9. How might you objectively support an assertion that a news story is being run excessively
Mon May 25, 2020, 06:44 PM
May 2020

...and/or has little news value and/or is raising tensions and/or is counter-productive as a PSA?

This is admittedly subjective, but "empty" is a bit harsh.



(37,748 posts)
10. By providing examples supporting them as statistical norms...
Mon May 25, 2020, 06:50 PM
May 2020

rather than cherry-picked aberration. Also, running and analyzing the relevant numbers of pro vs anti stories of a given topic and from a given media outlet.

You know... the scientific method. Else it is empty.


(7,773 posts)
11. So I need to perform a full statistical analysis to prove CNN is running the mask story too much?
Mon May 25, 2020, 06:57 PM
May 2020

Nah, I believe I've met what burden of proof is required for a mild criticism offered on a forum.

Would you ask for all that if instead I asserted that Tucker Carlson was a doody-face?

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