The other day, a Diaper-pusher was shot to death at a supermarket in Decatur, Georgia. According to news coverage, a man attempted to show his face and was accosted by a store clerk, who insisted he efface his face – or leave.
He left. And then returned. Without a Face Diaper – but with a gun. Which he proceeded to use to shoot the Diaper-pusher. A gun battle ensued with armed government workers, who responded to the fatal shooting.
It is surprising there haven’t been more such shootings. It is very likely there will be more of them.
This is not to justify them. Rather, it is an attempt to understand them – and perhaps, avoid more of them.
Most people understand that if you bully someone just a touch too much, there is a good chance the bullied person will eventually – even inevitably – explode. In the ’90s, the expression was, “he went Postal” – a reference to a spate of shootings involving Postal workers who’d apparently been pushed beyond endurance and went . . . Postal.
It seems the man in Georgia went Postal.
People have been bullied by Sickness Cultists for pushing two years now. Barely-out-of-high-school kids have been empowered to hector adults – and punish them, for not shuffling obediently in the face of the hectoring. It is like something out of the old Soviet Union, back in the 1920s, when “child heroes” were lauded for ratting out their parents for “anti-Soviet” conduct to the Cheka/NKVD (the predecessor of the better-known KGB).
Expressing sanity has become a kind of offense. By showing one’s face, one showed disagreement with or skepticism of the lunatic assertions that a kind of invisible death fog was everywhere and that it was necessary to put something – anything – over one’s face to avoid inhaling (or exhaling) it. Which was both hysteric as well as absurd, given the known facts about the lethality of the virus and the medical uselessness of wearing a bandana over one’s face, or a neck scarf – or a pair of women’s panties, for that matter.
No matter – so long as you covered your face with a “mask,” which could be literally anything. Just so long as you showed you agreed – and that you submitted. This is psychological abuse of the worst sort. The victim is degraded and told he is being degraded for his own good and the good of others. That to disagree – and disobey – is not merely disagreement and disobedience.
It is a moral affront.
You are going to kill granny!
This is of a piece with the mind-fuck administered by the man who beats his girlfriend and tells her she made him do it. Only far worse, in the case of Face Effacing, because the mind-fuck is organized and legalized – in a quasi-legal way via dubiously legal “mandates” and “policies.”
The whole country became a kind of trailer park, with wife-beaters abounding. And the cops taking the side of the wife beaters.
There was a movie about this, starring Farrah Fawcett called The Burning Bed. Only now, we’re all starring in it. Those of us who refuse to efface our faces – and are refusing to extend our arms – playing the role of Farrah, the wife who was battered beyond endurance by her abusive spouse in the movie.
We have been told we must “mask up” to shop, to be allowed to work – in some cases, even to be allowed out in public. The “masking” being both an obedience ritual and a degradation ritual, the use of a visual device to make the wearer appear to agree with assertions made that he does not agree with. To make him look – and feel – like a fool. To make it plain that he has submitted, the most degrading thing of all. And to make him do it by threatening him with the withholding of basic necessities if he fails to submit and does not play along by looking like the fool he knows people who willingly “mask up” are.
This was very difficult for not-fools to abide. How much longer will they abide it? What will happen when they are faced with having to do something to their bodies that they cannot just take off as the price of being allowed to shop, to travel, to attend school or to work?
When they are expected to prove they’ve been Needled – the proof demanded by pushy little clerks, like the one who pushed the man in Georgia beyond what he was able to take?
What will happen when parents are faced with pushy officials – government school officials, for instance – who transition from effacing the faces of their kids to injecting their bodies?
Will they abide that?
Fire is being played with – over an ocean of gasoline. It may well be on purpose. In order to set the country alight, via a modern iteration of the religious wars of the past that pitted Believers on side and Apostates (according to the Believers) on the other. There is no reconciliation or accommodation possible in such a war.
It is one side – or the other.
May god, if such exists, have mercy on us all.
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