If you say no to something being pushed on you, you may avoid being forced to say yes to it eventually.
Apparently, that’s just what’s happened. Or rather, hasn’t.
Because of it.
The saying of no.
Wal-Mart, Kroger, Lowes, Home Depot and a number of other national store chains decreed a couple of weeks ago that everyone must Diaper to enter. They did so in an almost . . . conspiratorial manner, all at once and in conjunction with a sudden spike in Fear Porn about the cases! the cases! – i.e., the number of people who tested positive for having Corona, though not usually any symptoms and almost never death – the latter almost never mentioned by the Fear Organ grinders, for all the ought-to-be-obvious reasons.
Good news – “mandatory” Diapering no longer is.
Because enough of us said no. And their fear – for a change – of possible repercussions.
These chains have just announced modifications of their mandates – policies, really – out of concern over the possibility of confrontations initiated by the Diaper’d and demented against the Undiapered, who aren’t. The latter are there to shop – and who, in mentally healthier times, would have done just that and no more. But the Undiapered are under increasing psychological assault by the mentally unstable – the Diaper Demented – for whom it is not enough to wear the Diaper themselves – and leave others alone.
Which, if sickness were at issue – and Diaper-wearing effective at preventing it – you’d think they’d be content with, since the Diapered are protected and the Undiapered can’t spread sickness they haven’t got.
But – as also ought to be obvious by now – it’s about compliance – the Diaper being the physical symbol thereof.
The antidote for that is defiance.
There have been several physical altercations resulting from this, including the shooting to death of at least one old man (story here) by armed government workers after store workers provoked the old guy by trying to force him to put on a Diaper and thereby assume the role-play of an obedient Leper Pretender. This was too much for the old man, who asserted his dignity – by asserting sanity – which led to a scuffle – that ended in a Hut! Hut! Hut! and the old man dead.
More such incidents are likely as sane people’s resentment over being pariah-ized for refusing to play along with Sickness Kabuki (which goes much deeper than a sick pantomine for the benefit of people PTSD’d by the incessant Fear Porn; the Diapering being the prequel to the Needling that is certain to come – if the Diapering isn’t beaten back) increases as their liberty to express their sanity decreases.
At some point, bullied people lose patience.
That this is already happening – just two weeks into what the corporations that are trying to do what the government can’t (yet, lacking legal authority) or doesn’t dare (yet, being afraid of public backlash). Thy had hoped their concerted Diaper Decreeing would be an exercise in easy acquiescence that turned out to be uneasy – for them – which is very good news for us.
It proves that resistance is not futile – much as they want us (the Undiapered) to believe it is.
A less serious example of the effectiveness of the power of no was the widespread refusal to say yes to the government’s insistence that everyone Drive 55 – the ‘70s equivalent of Diapering your car. The government actually tried to Diaper car speedometers by imposing – briefly – a mandate that none read higher than 85 MPH.
Which only encouraged people to drive even faster – motivated by irritation at the effrontery.
The National Maximum Speed Limit – as it was styled – was also sold as a virtue and many tried to signal it. As by deliberately using the cars to block anyone trying to defy it.
Those who ignored it were of course smeared as “dangerous,” lectured by Authoritative Voices that their disobedience would “cost lives.”
But a critical mass of drivers refused to say yes – by ignoring the signs.
They knew that driving 75 on the same highways upon which it was previously legal to drive that speed was no more dangerous than a healthy person walking past a sign demanding they Diaper up.
Then – as now – people began to resent being targeted and harassed for doing nothing that wasn’t considered normal as well as legal (like breathing freely) prior to the passage of the arbitrary edict.
They knew that not driving 55 didn’t equal death anymore than “cases” do today.
The NMSL became unenforceable. But more important, widespread disobedience and contempt utterly destroyed the NMSL’s moral force, if it ever had any. It also undermined legitimate peace-keeping as people began to regard cops with great – deserved – cynicism as mere mulcters, performing kabuki at ticketpoint. It arguably encouraged good cops to resign – in disgust – and bad ones to take their place.
History doesn’t repeat – it rhymes.
It is also instructive. A society suffers what enough of its members are willing to tolerate.
Because a few brave people refused to tolerate Diaper Decrees, the pressure to Diaper has abated a bit.
Now it’s a question of increasing the pressure.
Whereby we may also avoid the needle.
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