A kid is fighting cancer, loses his hair and shaves his head. Next you see his whole class and sometimes a whole community shave their heads in support.A friend is bullied. Kids join forces and stand up for their friend. We make movies of such stories and root for those in trouble. That is who Americans are or at least they used to be.
Now there are kids in trouble. They and their teachers are vulnerable to a virus as they walk into a classroom.There are few tools to keep people safe. One is a mask. Objectors say it is an infringement of their liberty. If is as well an infringement of children’s safety. The “more perfect union” was advanced by “we, the people.” Have we lost the we? Are we, now, just “me?”Or is it “you are not the boss of me” attitude?” Consider that we require vaccinations before a child can enter school. We require helmets on bicycle riders. We require driver’s licenses and auto insurance and seat belts.We’ve never had freedom to do whatever. That would mean we could speed through a red light or drive drunk or refuse to pay our taxes. We are free to engage in words and deeds until they bring harm to others or impinge upon their freedoms. We began as we the people, working for the common good. Do we end as “me first?” “Me” only?