America loves the coronavirus

Dan Hicks
2 min readJul 8, 2020
Photo by tom coe on Unsplash

While the rest of the world moves past the pandemic, the United States remains in a state of crisis.

There was a point in time where the events taking place in many European countries preceded those in the United States by about a week or so. Lockdowns, bar and restaurant closure, stay-at-home orders, quickly became adopted by local governments. I was extremely — naively — optimistic that the trend of being a week behind would continue.

Of course, that is not the case. As the number of new cases continues to rise, it is becoming clear that this is far from over in the United States. So many people in this country are opposed to simple and effective reopening measures, such as masks and temperature checks, that you would think that they want this disease to stick around.

But with so many lives and livelihoods at risk, why is this the case? It’s simple.

Too many American’s have chosen the freedom-from mentality, versus a freedom-to mentality.

Freedom, from the idea that coronavirus is really a threat.

Freedom, from the idea that our choices affect those around us.

Freedom, from the idea that there can be heroism even in simplicity.

If you want to be a patriot, it isn’t about invoking your rights to excuse your poor behavior and apathy. It’s about doing the right thing despite your choice to do otherwise.

We must recognize that this isn’t freedom. Indifference is killing people. If you aren’t doing anything you can to help stop the pandemic, you are acting in concert with it. If you are not apart of the solution, you are apart of the problem.

Be kind to thy neighbor. Wear a mask.

#onward

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