What a wonderful world! We can choose to believe what we want and here, in North America, we have the freedom to express the joy of our beliefs.
I believe in Jesus’s birth, Christmas, so I say Merry Christmas, some believe in Hanukkah, so they say Happy Hanukkah, while others believe and say whatever they want, and as long as one’s beliefs, words, and actions do not foster prejudice and hate towards other people, we can co-exist peacefully with the philosophy of respect.
The gift people give back when they share their beliefs is heartwarming to me too. For instance, when I say Merry Christmas, I am happy for us both as they bravely expose part of who they are with words that express what is dearest to them too … because it is a wondrous gift getting to know people beyond the surface of their flesh.
From the following linked article by David Z. Hambrick and Madeline Marquardt for Scientific American on Pocket Worthy
“At a more general level, this research underscores the threat that fake news poses to democratic society. The aim of using fake news as propaganda is to make people think and behave in ways they wouldn’t otherwise—for example, hold a view that is contradicted by overwhelming scientific consensus. When this nefarious aim is achieved, citizens no longer have the ability to act in their own self-interest. In the logic of democracy, this isn’t just bad for that citizen—it’s bad for society.”
Maybe these recent events will wake up the people still concerned solely about their liberty versus people and animal health and well-being … as well as how their refusal is delaying an economic rebound, increasing taxes for health care, and burning out the very people who normally take care of all of us, but now can’t … because, well, some people still believe their right to choose to not wear a mask, to not social distance, to not gather, and to not self-isolate is more important than the rest of the people and animals … well, even the whole world.
“Breeders in Denmark euthanized 15 million minks over concerns about a mutated version of the virus that has spread among the animals. Mink farmers in Spain have culled almost 100,000. In the U.S., nearly 10,000 minks across Utah died of COVID-19 as the virus spread rapidly across farms in the state.” Quoted from The Globe and Mail