I didn’t realize raising a question about voluntary vs mandated shelter-in-place would arouse such an emotional response from readers on social media.
As if favoring voluntary non-coercive guidelines is irresponsible; tantamount to killing neighbors, friends and co-workers.
How, in a short span of 6 – 8 weeks, did we manage to relinquish our inalienable individual sovereignty in our civil society? Instead, allowing the most basic of freedoms – the choices to self-regulate, trade and freely associate – to be taken away in exchange for a strategy of coercive mandates, which risks devastion to our way of life that we haven’t seen since the Great Depression.
But maybe we can do it with a bit more freedom and self-determination…if only our leaders really believed in such ideals rather than giving them lip-service at election time.
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