Lenin – plagiarizing a line – asked, What is to be Done?
About the ongoing self-Diapering of a fourth to a third of the population? Well, Lenin didn’t ask that.But let’s do.
Almost nowhere is anyone still coerced into wearing these accoutrements of public degradation – the symbol of submission. The ones still wearing them do so because they want to. Do not consider themselves degraded. On the contrary, they deem themselves prudent and enlightened.
They know this, having been told so.
They are very eager to do exactly as they are told – even when they are no longer actually told so. Their conditioning lingers and thus, the outward manifestations thereof. Until they are actually told to remove their Face Diapers by those who tell them what to do they will likely never remove them. For exactly the same reason that a ship will not alter its course unless someone alters it.
Well, what to do about it? Should anything be done?
Some maintain that – according to the principle of live and let live – these voluntary face-effacers ought to be left free to publicly degrade themselves, in the manner of people with fresh pee stains on the front of their trousers.
But the sight is unpleasant.
It is also something else, far more offensive.
It is one thing to have your otherwise nice day and happy spirits dampened by the serial sight of ugliness abounding. To have to look at these people, who though no longer in the majority are nonetheless all-but-unavoidable, if you go wherever there are lots of people. If so, it is inevitable you’ll see at least one of these degraded specimens and probably several. In former times, it was usually necessary to go to a mental hospital, a bridge underpass – or one of those gay S&M conventions where “pups” are trained – to witness such scenes. And thus, easy to avoid seeing them.
But it is another thing – a worse thing – to see how many people are not only willing to publicly degrade themselves but willing to do so freely. And what it portends about our future. A hotel full of “pups” in training is confined and – generally – harmless. An army of “pups” already trained is alarming.
They are obedient now – in the sense that they have been reduced to what should always have been the case; i.e., a sad-sack cohort of feeble-minded pathetics quietly – even furtively – shuffling along in the background. It is now uncommon to almost-unheard-of for one of these “pups” to attempt to train one of us. No more shrieks, no more finger wagging.
The sick and the not coexist. The latter shop and eat among the former and neither give the other much bother. But this is a dangerously superficial equanimity. The latter – those not sick – were always ready to not bother the former (i.e., the sick). It was and remains all-but-unheard of for any of us to entreat any of them to remove their Facial Diapers when we encounter them at a store, restaurant or gym. Just as none of us have ever insisted that any of them not roll up their sleeves, to have their bodies injected with chemical concoctions of unknown provenance and known ineffectiveness that are also very effective at getting lots of people very sick.
Most of us are also ok with their right to be eat themselves into obesity, diabetes and heart disease – things an interestingly large number of them seem to be perfectly willing to do. Or at least, to do nothing to prevent or remediate.
But can anyone of us doubt what they will do when they are told differently? We have seen what they did when they were told so, last time. Is it improbable they will do the same, the next time? The safe bet is they will do exactly that, next time.
So what you’re seeing is a kind of standing army, quartered among us. The sight ought to alarm us, a lot. And it raises the question (again): What should be done about it – while we are still in a position to do something about it?
Public jeering is a good place to start. Shake your head and perhaps let loose a baaa’ing sound at the sight of one. Or – more clever – wear a clown nose and honk it when you see one, so that they see (and hear) both. If they ask, tell them: Your “mask” keeps you safe from the virus. My nose keeps me safe from mental illness.
There is a chance it might get a few to think . . .
In any case, don’t pretend they’re just people, by pretending not to see what they’re wearing. For the same reasons you wouldn’t pretend to not see the armband of old, if you saw someone wearing that.
Certain things ought not to be acceptable in society. This is not the same thing as saying a thing ought to be forbidden, illegal. Certain things require disapprobation – in order that they do not become acceptable.
We still have time to make it so – if we would like for it to not happen, again.
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