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    The Atlantic | Kristen McConnell | 8/4/20 | 6 min
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    • SEnkey
      ScoutScribe
      5 months ago

      This is a valid argument, even if you disagree. If you do agree, why? If not, why not?

      • jeff
        Scribe
        5 months ago

        I also found this question surprisingly hard to answer! After thinking about it for a while I think it's because I don't even like the premise of the article's argument even though I agree with it. Can that even make any sense?

        I just really don't like that idea of telling anyone what they should do. Should someone wake up at 4 in the morning every day to make bagels for me? It's a ridiculous question! Yes, they should in the sense that I like bagels and for some reason some people have been willing to make them and sell them to me all my life but also no, of course no one has to do it or in that sense should do it.

        I loathe this creeping command economy bullshit. The constant military and war metaphors. People telling other people what they should and should not be doing and shaming them for it. I'm not on board with any of it.

      • Pegeen
        Reading streak
        5 months ago

        I have been thinking about your questions and I find it so difficult to answer them. Or take a stance in either direction. I can see both sides to the issue but have complete compassion for those afraid. Covid 19 is something we have never experienced before. And it’s global and deadly. So much confusion about transmission. This may sound lame but I do a lot of praying. I belong to a Reiki center and we are dedicated to this group practice.

    • Pegeen
      Reading streak
      5 months ago

      Very thought provoking. I have said from the beginning, I don’t know if I would have the courage to show up for work each day with so much death to look forward to - not only patients but co-workers. I am truly in awe of all who continue to show up and keep this world moving forward. It’s why I wear a mask even though I don’t like it - who would? Which brings me to the fact that anyone on the front lines has to wear a mask for an entire shift - unimaginable. What I personally feel called to do is be kind and patient. And I absolutely love tipping people who don’t expect it - gas station attendants, cashiers, restaurant workers and grocery store clerks. I tell them how deeply appreciative I am. How what they are doing really matters. Most look stunned but it truly makes my day to spread the love.

    • TripleG
      Reading streakScout
      5 months ago

      The author has valid points. What if everybody refused to work and everything shut down like grocery stores,take out restaurant workers, mail delivery, and amazon personnel. We would really be screwed, depressed and in big trouble.

    • Florian
      Top reader this weekReading streakScribe
      5 months ago

      The military language people used when discussing COVID-19 in the spring seemed totally appropriate, and in a way that mentality got me through the peak: This was a war, and I was a soldier. It wasn't my choice to serve, but it was my duty; I had skills and knowledge that were needed.

      Interesting perspective