A "patriotic duty" is what former Vice President Joe Biden called wearing a face mask during last night's "Town Hall." Some things - like the moral imperative to wear a mask - ought to be so obvious that they should not have to be said at all. It is a sign of our extremely distressed state as a national community that, instead of being obvious, the duty to wear a mask has become one more thing for us to argue about.
Recently, Dr. Robert Redfield, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told a Senate panel that face masks might prove to be our best protection against the virus, maybe even better than an elusive vaccine which we do not yet have. If everyone wore a mask for the next two to three months, he said, “We’d bring this pandemic under control.”
Imagine such a simple response to our present predicament! All we need to do is take this disease seriously and use the means at our disposal to limit the spread of infection. Nothing more heroic than that is being asked of us.
Yet every day I encounter people in public without masks. What do they think they are doing? What motivates such behavior?
In this crisis, regarding masks and so much else, one's "patriotic duty" is increasingly obvious.