People walk around and even gather inside without facemask. They sit on the bus with their mask over their closed mouth while they breathe through their uncovered nose. Don’t they know, don’t they care?
I asked my genius 20-year-old daughter — without wanting to blame her for writing this — and she said: people are not scared enough.
I asked: Climate change, but people still eating the same amount of meat and traveling in their own private care as if we’re not on the brink of extinction is for the same reason: not being scared enough? Yes, she said.
So let me be very clear.
In Israel, every day for weeks already, despite an official lockdown, many thousands are infected and fined (only some unjustly), hundreds are fighting for their lives, dozens die — every day, but this is taken in stride. Dozens per day get long COVID, meaning many months of suffering, some with persistent (and possibly permanent) loss of energy, smell (taste), and properly functioning of an organ (kidney, liver, testicles, etc.). Worse, they’ll most likely be part of a chain that kills others. (One could infect a young guy who infects his pregnant wife who then dies. This is not rare.) Not guarding our health is a violation of a Biblical Injunction. Causing someone else to die is a transgression of one of the Ten Commandments. When we get older, those are hard things to undo or forgive ourselves for.
It’s not that the epidemic refuses to abate. People refuse to sit home.
Politicians and media keep undercutting medical and political directives.
Hundreds of years ago, during plagues, people were petrified, stayed at home, and prayed constantly. Now, we know about microbes, the immune system, immunity, and we’re cool and treat mortal danger as a fun fact?
If you don’t stop smoking, you and a child of yours will die of cancer. It can be from any organ. And if you belong to those rare people who won’t, you will have a solid chance of ending your life severely handicapped, unable to breathe, to walk, to make an effort, with wounds that refuse to heal.
If you don’t stop drinking alcohol for fun, your life, which could have been challenging but interesting, will go down the drain completely. You will not notice how pathetic you will become but it will be embarrassing.
If you don’t stop making meat and white flour the staple of your meals, your deathbed will be king-sized. No long healthy life and quick ending.
If you’re not going to psychologically improve and be an activist, you will regret that on your much too early long deathbed. And then it’s too late.
If you’re not constantly scared, terrified, petrified, you’re crazy or stoned!