erectlocution

Anyways

There's a video I've watched a few times. I'll post it below, but I want to give some preface.

People are stupid.

As evidence, I'd like first to call out one participant in this no-mask rally from September of 2020 in St. George, Utah. Here is a transcript of what she said in the clip (starting at about 51 seconds in):

When George Floyd was saying, "I can't breathe," and then he died, and now we're wearing a mask and we say, "I can't breathe," but we're being forced to wear it anyways.

I will charitably assume that she said more than that and it was edited, and maybe go so far as to say it was edited poorly, but I will not go so far as to assume the intent of the statement was manufactured by the news crew. And I must say, if you believe that being asked, or told, to wear a mask is comparable to having a police officer close your windpipe with his knee for 569 seconds and then dying, you have been failed. Your society has failed to imbue you with the capacity to make rational assessments of phenomena.

There is more in this video to call out, principally Ms. Betty Jake's contribution (at about the 1:08 mark). Somehow she has evidence sufficient to conclude, regarding face masks, that "[M]ost child molesters love 'em." I can only ask of Ms. Jake: What in tarnation?

It's easy to take shots at these people but I have to remember they're people. This grounds the absurdity and delivers utter horror. It creeps me out to think that people I'd otherwise assume are decent (for some value of "decent"--you understand) and who seem pleasant enough, carry with them foul eldritch animosity, steeped as they are in caustic ignorance.

Here you go if you're a masochost like me.