The Boogie Man’s power lies in the fear of him, not his actuality.
Diaper Decrees operate on the same principle. If you don’t believe in them, their puissance disappears.
I just walked into the coffee shop I swing by almost every day – right past the Boogie Man sign insisting I put on a Diaper before I dare to. Unlike the Boogie Man – who didn’t get me – I got my cup of coffee.
And a cookie, too.
The same at my local Kroger – where, as I relayed in a previous Diaper Report, there is signage but nothing particularly puissant. If you’re willing to stand up to a sign, you can still shop at many of the stores that have “mandated” Diapering. Just walk in and do so, sans the Diaper.
But not everywhere.
A friend called to let me know about another store (the Roanoke co-op) that sicced a Diaperer on him.
The really sick thing about this is that the person who chased him around with a Diaper is someone my friend has known for years – like my dentist (now ex-dentist) knew me for years and knew I wasn’t sick – having taken my temperature and thus established objectively that I had no fever and so couldn’t get anyone sick, not being contagious – but excommunicated me nonetheless from his practice for refusing to don the Diaper.
Civilization is being torn apart by this. People who smiled at another and exchanged pleasantries now regard each other as bizarre and dangerous enemies – the Diapered seeing the non as suppurating threats to their health; the non seeing the Diapered as threats to sanity.
There is no common ground to stand on because there is no room for live – and let live. If the Diapered were content to wear their Diapers and willing to leave others free to make their own decision about wearing them, the friendly interaction could continue. The non-Diapered might regard the Diapered as a bit tetch’d in the head, but that by itself imposes nothing ugly on anyone else.
Most of us have had an odd friend or two at one time or another in our lives and maybe still do. Their oddness can be endearing – Uncle Fester comes to mind. Provided they have a sense of humor about it and understand that just because they wear a meat suit – or a Diaper – it doesn’t mean you must, too.
The problem, of course, is that the people on the loose are not endearing Uncle Fester types – or even Michael Jackson types.
The woman who pursued my friend at the co-op, for instance. She not only knows him personally – which no longer counts for anything, apparently – but also knows he is a critical care nurse and so someone very conscious about physical health and taking necessary protective measures.
But not when they aren’t.
Like me, he would never put others at risk – but is sick of being treated as if he were doing so by people who are themselves very sick.
Just not physically.
This pitiable but dangerous woman followed my friend around the co-op, practically crawling up his leg to get that Diaper on his face. He beat her off – not with fists but a firmly stated No.
It is very disquieting to be treated this way by someone you know – or thought you did. Someone who, just the other day, smiled and waved and engaged in friendly banter – who now sees you as a threat.
Or at least, has to pretend it’s so – because of economic and social pressure applied to them; the fear of losing one’s job and the fear of being seen as a Wrongthinker.
This is what they’ve done to us.
Which is why it is so important to call a halt to this.
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