People, and I do not want to include leaders, businessmen and celebrities…are behaving in the weirdest manner in the coronavirus pandemic situation. Like Nero, they are playing rousing marches on violins instead of airing soothing, healing melodies that give out hope and succour. You may ask…what is all the fuss about?
Well….the fuss is because of an instinctive need to stay alive, stay well, stay, healthy and stay mobile!! The pandemic is here panning every human being…some say even the animals…and our environment. Yet, there are people who put rights over health regulations and in their holier than thou attitude to life and others lives they take stands that I call Demandments!!
Let’s have a look at these Ten Demandments of our enlightened brethren who question, argue and pooh pooh the pandemic safety safeguards.
- Mask or Not
Till the pandemic started, the masked face–eyes only.. was associated with Comic book heroes and maybe a single heroine or with Middle eastern women.
In Bollywood…songs were written aboutthe beautiful eyes hidden seen in a glimpse while the whole face of the heroine was hidden. In India, historically, women took to hiding their faces behind the veil or the sari ends/palloos to protect themselves from marauders who galloped in to the land and kidnapped/abused women. This then became the norm and women had to cover their faces from the other menfolk in the family, including sons and grandsons. In the past few decades, there has been a hue and cry—okay..fuss about women taking to the hijab forcibly or out of choice.
Today, all of us are wearing the mask to protect ourselves from the airborne droplets of a virus that is deadly. However, there is a huge section of society that is inimical to the idea quoting their freedom to bare or wear! So are we fussing, or the liberated souls?
- Economy or Lives
Many people, that includes politicians and big businesses, are more obsessed by the economic backlash of the lockdown. All governments are talking about reopening the country at a rapid rate that can negatively worsen the pandemic. Options to gradually easing in normal economic activity that can worsen the economy but save lives is not high on their agenda. Fuss or finances?
- MEDIA gloom and doom
There is very little media focus on the numbers and individual cases where people have recovered, of fighting fit people who have come back from mild, medium and extreme affliction. It is all about numbers—national and worldwide—and no spotlight on the battle won individuals. Fuss or misplaced focus?
- Professional Protestors and Demonstrators
In all nations, protesters need to exercise their voices to criticize governments for trying to keep them healthy. Their demand is their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of enjoyment that can literally take the air out of their lungs. In this, they care a two hoot for the next person and are quite happy to infect others with a sneeze or cough. Social distancing is for the fuss pots, is it?
- Been there, Done that
And…there are all these statisticians who are dishing out cold plates of comfort saying that “45,000 people a year die from automobile accidents, 480,000 from cigarettes, 360,000 a year from swimming pools, but we don’t shut the country down for that.” The statistics themselves are questionable or puffed up and who is to reason with them that when did swimming pools, car accidents and cigarettes become contagious? Just fuss or fudging?
- Hugs, handshakes and bussies!
Gone, gone…forever gone. In recent years a hug was prescribed to show you care. A clasp of hands and arms was advocated to assure each other about the genuineness of a relationship or transaction. In Europe warm greetings were governed by three air smacks. Today, even at weddings, the hand is bestowed clothed in gloves!! Si is the namasthe not enough to send across the warmth and real intentions…unnecessary fuss or germichecks?
- Duh and Duh again
I will eat out even if it is a crowded restaurant. I have to see movies in a theatre. I have to fly out to Timbuctoo because it is my holiday time. I will go to the beach and parks and have a bunch of friends join me. I want to go to the casinos and try my luck never mind if it is the virus on number 8 in the roulette!
- Wild-fire parties
Have you heard about Gender reveal parties? I will throw a “Gender reveal Party”, fire blue or pink flares into the air and start a wildfire… because that is the trend. Stop fussing..if you must know, it is a party that involves revealing the gender of an unborn baby. A Syrian couple recently spent as much as USD 100,000 on gender reveal party of their baby. What did they do with that kind of money? Project the child’s gender onto the Burj Khalifa in Dubai!
- Sales and shopping
This is the wear and throw away times and I have to go shopping. If I am partying, I need a new outfit. If it is a wedding, I can’t be seen in something I wore last year and haven’t even looked at it. So, open up the malls, the designer stores…I am not fussing…this is a genuine need for my self-esteem!!
10. Fusspots in testing times
Okay…you are nothing but a doom and gloom person. Stop fussing. If I stayed indoors, wore masks, maintained social distancing, reported possible signs of the virus, tested is that stopping the numbers ballooning? So let me do what I want…I may not be there to enjoy my life…
So like Nero…I shall play the violins and dance to reels and race towards extinction. You stop fussing…
This is my take on this week’s Friday 8 On 1 blog post topic. The other seven bloggers who write on the same topic every Friday are Maria. Sanjana, Ramana, Raju, Shackman , Srinivas and Conrad. This week’s topic was suggested by Maria.
So without further ado, please do go over to their blogs and check out what their fuss or no fuss is all about.