Life during Covid-19 mandates

Saturday, September 26, 2020

-Nathalie Ramirez

Times nowadays are…iffy, to say the least. It’s not easy going to the store, or even leaving your house most days. Everywhere I go I see masks, and when I see them on kids it breaks my heart. I have to wonder what this is doing to our and our kids psyche.

I’m very, extremely, grateful that I’ve had limited exposure to this, my kids too. It worries me having my kids see people with masks on, what they may think it means, if adults are doing it, it must be justified. To me, it’s symbolic of keeping our mouths closed to our masters. Not I said the fly.

I try my damnest not to go to Wal-Mart, I am very much against this monopolistic monstrosity with terrible training and customer service. I ordered thread once, they never called, I just showed up a week later and the color I wanted had extra thread…there are things, however, that they have that no one else does. If I don’t get what I need ordered online with enough time, then I have to resort to going to Wal-Mart.

I’m grateful the cattle gates at the entrance and exit are gone, that’s for sure. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw them. And then they put an employee there to make sure the cattle, I mean people, were going the right direction. There may have been some rebellious brunette who refused to follow this direction. And the employee counting at the entrance? Counting what? I’m still so curious what that count was about; but the mask wearing continues. Can’t go to Wal-Mart without seeing someones discarded mask on the ground, with that person’s germs just sitting there, waiting to jump on its next victim. Most of them are not biodegradable either.

The diversity in expression is the only upside to this in my humble opinion. Different colors and styles, I have to admit liking some of them, even if I’d never wear one myself. Not unless I’m painting or around insulation or performing surgery.

I don’t go to Menard’s for this reason, they are one of the only places in town mandating masks, so I haven’t been there.

There are other places that have the sign up saying you have to wear the mask, but I go in without one, ready with my science, and I have yet to have someone say something to me. This made me realize that people aren’t as asleep as I thought, so then the compliance doesn’t come from fear of this virus, much to mandate enforcers chagrin. Rather it seems to stem from the fear of confrontation.

I look for judgemental looks from others when I walk by without masks on myself and my kids, but I see understanding.

How many actually believe the virus to be a real threat? I believe those people wouldn’t leave their homes if they really did fear the virus. Yet here we are, continuing to go to work, to eat what strangers cook, facing the dangers of whether or not that person washed their hands or not.

Those who think others should be wearing masks, are they the majority? I think not, according to what I see and hear, and according to the lack of judgement, I think it’s the minority of the people who honestly believe in the mandates as they stand. So that means the majority of the people are reacting based on what the minority think we should be doing, if I’m correct in my assessment.

So many stories of fear keep shooting out from the media, from killer rabbits to man bear pig to now a new virus mutation that apparently can outsmart the mandates. Notice how they realize we’re not as dumb as they thought we were so the fear tactics are increasing in intelligence and rationality, though they still don’t make sense? They have effectively given life to this virus with a 99% survivability rate, it’s a real live breathing entity that is always with us, in our minds, on the radio, on random signs everywhere we go. They’re running out of fear porn while the people are waking up to the fraud, slowly but surely.

There was a woman at Wal-Mart that had to make a comment to her kids when seeing my partner improperly wearing his mask so he could breathe, she says, loudly, “maybe we should try wearing our masks properly kids!” As she was walking in the wrong direction according to the arrows on the floor while not practicing social distancing with her kiddos…critical thinking has been thrown out the window. My partner still wishes he would’ve cleverly retorted with, “this isn’t religion, you can’t pick and choose the rules.”

At first, I was so happy to have curbside pick up, how convenient with my 2 little balls of energy! Order it in the convenience of my home, then have someone put it in my trunk for me, so simple and convenient for a busy parent! But even this has become cumbersome. Why are there items for the store that I picked advertised that they don’t have? There are a handful of vegan frozen foods that I’ve ordered over and over again and they don’t ever have it, so frustrating. And the substitutions are ridiculous sometimes, for example they’re out of gallons of milk so I get a carton instead, a carton of milk is not the same as a gallon, so there I go again making an extra trip cos I didn’t get enough milk. Why can’t they call the customer when the substitutions are gathered? Is it too much work? I understand it’s a work in progress, but with their terrible policies, I’m turned off on it. When I simply didn’t get an item I paid for, then I was told to call an 800 number to get my refund. I said no to this, threatened my continued service if I didn’t get the items I paid for that’s sitting on their shelf, so I got my milk.

It used to be that Karen was someone who didn’t make sense, now it’s being turned on us who stand up for ourselves with critical thinking skills. In the past I would have gotten names and made phone calls to place complaints on how much my life is inconvenienced when they make mistakes that they are not willing to fix, I’m not the one getting paid to work there, I’m not going to sit there and waste my time on a phone call to receive justification, I just won’t shop there anymore. But now, afraid of being a Karen, I didn’t complain, I drove from out of town to the store and politely asked for my items. It just so happened that the manager was off that day, and she was there returning things as I was waiting and was available to help, otherwise the girl working had no idea how to help me.

The first time I called and demanded my stuff, the manager came on the line and she said, ok, come and get your stuff. My partner stopped by after work and was told that I refused the substitutions so they didn’t give him anything, it was a substituted item I was missing. I had plenty of reason to complain, I was pretty frustrated at having to take my kids to Wal-Mart at all cos it’s not easy to haul them around the store patiently waiting for the issue to be resolved, and I hate the exposure to the current phenomenon. In the end, I was happy I didn’t complain, cos the manager was very cool about it and helped me. Karen has taken a whole new level of significance for me.

My point is never to drag someone down so I can get my way, not at all. It’s simply that I won’t be made a fool of, I won’t be taken advantage of, not if I can help it. How I feel about the situation is not relevant because I don’t know what kind of a day other people are having, my concern is ensuring that I’m not being jerked around by someone who doesn’t want to, or doesn’t know how to do their job.

I try and remain patient with those who truly believe in mask wearing, I know they mean well. I know for certain that my not wearing a mask is not me purposely trying to get anyone sick, of course not, I’ve read the science. But I can’t help but feel a bit irritated that when that science is shown, it’s disregarded even if it’s believed in.

I remember there being a poster in one of my classes in Jr High School that read, “stand up for what you believe in, even if it means standing alone.” We had a very ironic discussion about this poster in class, with me standing alone in agreeing with it, and if I wasn’t alone no one else spoke up, and the ones who did speak up disagreed, they didn’t think that standing alone was the right answer. This poster marked the story of my life, as a natural rebel I’ve stood alone for years, and though it’s not easy, it’s a lot easier than letting go of my beliefs. I stand firm in what I believe in.

I have to recognize and keep in mind these people, the ones who spoke up, cos the ones who don’t will just have to deal with whatever those who speak up decide on. So that’s what we’re up against, certain people like me who have invested much time in reading, enough to have developed the critical skills necessary to see right through the fraud, and then you have the people who speak up, who cry comply with no other basis than opinion. It’s more than a simple, “I’m right and you’re wrong”, it’s about proper education. If you become educated enough on the subject, and not through CNN or FOX alone, but through independent news sources, peer reviewed articles, and the common sense of man, then fearing this virus becomes the last thing on your mind with fraud taking front and center. This is what I call #2020vision, reading enough to heighten critical thinking skills to see through the bull.

It’s a shame that lives have been taken because of this virus, but with doctors receiving bonuses for every death marked as Covid, it’s not as many lives as we think. It’s a shame that these same people mandating are not at all talking about how our immune systems work, how much good eating broccoli every day does, and how cutting out a large portion of the junk will do wonders. How all the body literally wants is to heal itself, if we will only get out of the way and allow it to.

Masks are bad for our heath with prolonged use, and have not been shown to prevent viruses. I’ve said this over and over again, and it doesn’t really seem to matter cos those who hear me keep wearing masks. The ones who don’t wear them, already didn’t. There’s no convincing someone, even with scientific proof, so where do we go from here?

I keep harping on Wal-Mart cos I also have the good fortune for this frenzy to not have affected my small town so much. I hear Lincoln is really bad, where you have to wear a mask to order food but then it’s ok to take it off to eat…so I haven’t been to Lincoln either, all year. Avoiding going to Lincoln isn’t going to change anything though, or is it?

The best way that we the people of this beautiful country vote, is with our money. We didn’t like what Netflix was promoting, so we pulled the funding. We keep buying masks, so they keep making them. Where we spend our dollars is undeniably the most individual form of expression we have. If we stop eating fast food cos it’s bad for us, I guarantee they will start having healthier options, they already have started this trend. The growing amount of vegans and vegetarians have now had extra items added to fast food and regular restaurants. That’s how capitalism works after all, one must cater to the person spending the money. The only reason people get away with things is cos we don’t speak up. Consider me speaking up.

Which brings me to the ant theory. Have you watched the movie Antz? It’s a great movie, definitely not a waste of time. The summary of this film is that the General is having the ants kill themselves by digging toward water which would eventually drown them so that he can kill off the weak and start a new colony with the strong. Sound familiar? One ant, unable to conform, even when dancing,  is told by an old drunk that there is another way, another place where there is no rules, no conforming, adequately named, Insectopia. This ant leaves to discover it to be so, and intends on staying but the Princess that was traveling with him is captured. And so, he must return to save her. When he comes back he finds the Princess imprisoned, and on their journey to escape, they find the General’s plans. They go and try and tell the ants that are digging to stop, that they will surely bring harm to themselves and the rest of the colony if they don’t stop, but cognitive dissonance is thick, and orders must be followed. And this one act of compliance, striking the pick axe against the earth, brings the water forth. Realizing the danger, the ants work together to save themselves, and they do. When they reach the surface, the General insists that they must not be saved, but the Colonel disagrees, sees how powerful they are by having saved themselves. He never did agree with the General in the first place, so the Colonel gives them his hand and helps them up.

Now take A Bug’s Life, I won’t go into as much detail with this one cos I think you get the point. But in this one, the flying ants come and steal all the plunder, so the bugs must gather for the flying ants on top of gathering for themselves in order to survive. In the end, all the small bugs who believe themselves to be weaker than the flying ants, stand together and stand up to them. This is my main point. We outnumber the government, the politicians in our area, we are the majority, what we want, what we believe, we have the power. We are so used to thinking that a politician alone can determine policy and what laws pass, that we don’t realize the power within ourselves. So my point is this, if we all refuse to wear the masks, to follow these ridiculous mandates that are meant to be symbolic of slavery not actual promotion of good health, what can they do about it? If every single person refuses to wear a mask, and they cannot enter an establishment without one, that person can go elsewhere, and the business owner is left without profits. Who will cave first?

Small town life means high amounts of online shopping, just about anything can be ordered online, I know this from experience. And if you order directly from the manufacturer instead of using middle men businesses like Wal-Mart, the quality is usually much better. I will never get Hallmark cards from anyone but Hallmark after having done so, the cards were much cheaper, the options were better, and my cards came with little stickers to seal the envelopes, it was nice.

As always, I’m not trying to tell anyone what to do, confrontation is not for everyone, and where we choose to shop is nobody’s business but our own, I’m just sharing another view that maybe hadn’t been considered. Something else that needs to be considered as well, is that compliance with no basis on research, can bring harm to yourself and to your peers.

#calixtosgarden #plantingseeds #2020vision #masksarebadforhealth #coviddeathtollsareskewed #mandatesarepolitical #mandatesarenotabouthealth

Published by Nathalie Ramirez

My love for humanity, and for the planet, has set me on a path of healing through love, compassion, and understanding. I'm originally from a big city in the big state of Texas, making my personality quite large. I then landed in a small town that's out-of-puzzles gorgeous where people still wave at each other when coming across each other in the street. This transition has helped my development and tried relationships with distance and sacrifice. I have 2 beautiful boys, Silas and Declan, and their loving father, Curtis, who make my world go round. My political views all stem from wanting to protect this beauty in all its forms.

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