Being Undiapered is a weird thing these days – a measure of just how weird these days are. In the “new normal,” it is considered abnormal to show your face – and normal to walk around with what amounts to a literal Diaper over your face – in terms of medical effectiveness – since any old piece of cloth qualifies.
That’s pretty weird.
If the WuFlu were the dire omnipresence it’s asserted to be – which assertion flies in the face of the facts, but never mind – then surely any old piece of cloth would not qualify. Nothing less than one of those fairly pricey respirators would be the least people would have to wear.
Plus goggles. Which wouldn’t be silly, if the WuFlu were, in fact, the dire omnipresence it’s asserted to be. But almost no one Goggles – to prevent the exposed surface of your eyes from having virus particles enter your system that way. A wide-open vector for the much-dreaded “spread.”
The Gesundheitsfuhrers do not mandate it; CDC is silent.
Which tells you everything about the “dire omnipresence” of the WuFlu.
Yet almost everyone Diapers – literally. They don’t “PPE” – unless you believe any old piece of cloth protects your person from viruses, which is the same as believing that not stepping on sidewalk cracks will keep your momma’s back intact.
It’s a neurotic habit, normalized via habituation and social pressure.
Which is the dire omnipresence.
If you’re Undiapered; if you refuse to play-pretend that death is in the air and that a dirty old bandana or “mask” that comes out of a box on which it plainly states that it does not protect against the transmission of viruses somehow does, in the manner of keeping your momma’s back intact by not walking on sidewalk cracks.
At Kroger the other day, I felt the dire omnipresence of being almost the only person in the store not play-pretending. Diapers abounded. The effect is depressing. The Diaper turns everyone who wears it into the same person, differing only in shape.
But the same face. No expression to read. A dreary unanimity. The Germans had a word for this, as they had for many unpleasant things, which does not directly translate but conveys the thing exactly in a way that English does not.
The word is gleichschaltung.
Oxford says it means “the standardization of political, economic, and social institutions as carried out in authoritarian states.”
The colloquial meaning is marching in step.
Or Diapering in step, in the case of Americans.
The Diaper serves the same purpose as the goose step or the armband. It marks you as one of many who believe the same. Who have submitted to and submerged with the mass, often with servile fervor. It is the submissive belligerence of the junior high hall monitor, who at the same time follows orders while shrieking orders.
Such people are very dangerous, being motivated by fear to do anything to others, having already submitted themselves. A weird combination of masochism and sadism characterizes the Faceless Diapered. The masochism being the wearing of the Diaper; the sadism being the anger toward those who do not and the eagerness to punish them for not doing it.
None of it having the slightest thing to do with “health,” which is merely posturing. The Diapering is about conforming – and not merely with the Diapering. With everything which the Diaper symbolizes. To wear a Diaper is to show you agree that WuFlu is indeed the dire omnipresence it is asserted to be – and that you agree with everything being done to you and others in its name.
That is the whole point of this, you see. The obscuration of the face via the Diaper is the obscuration of dissent with the the standardization of political, economic, and social institutions as carried out in authoritarian states.
Like the one America has become.
You stand here. You wear this. You do as you are told.
But not everyone does, as is always the case in authoritarian states. There are outliers, heretics, unbelievers and the contumacious. They are the people who end up being praised when the authoritarian state folds, which they always do though it may take time.
The French Resistance, for instance. Four four years, its members did what they could to monkey-wrench the German occupation. I consider myself part of the Sickness Resistance and it may take more than four years before this occupation passes.
In the meanwhile, I will monkey wrench – by not marching step – and urge anyone reading this who agrees that the wearing of any old piece of cloth to “stop the spread” of a virus that doesn’t kill 99.6-plus percent of the population is as silly – and weird – as neurotically avoiding sidewalk cracks to save their momma’s back to do the same.
Us weirdos need to stick together.
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