I decided I don't like the web expression "OMG". For those of you who don't know what this means, it stands for "Oh My God!". If you really do require the emotional support of your chosen deity at the time you are typing "OMG", isn't this deity owed the courtesy of having his/her/its full name typed out? I tested this myself, and the difference in time that it takes to type "Oh my God" is a matter of milliseconds. Isn't your god worth those few precious extra milliseconds?
I like to think of myself as a caring person, and attempt to behave compassionately towards others. Sometimes I fall short in that effort, but failing is what humans do, and successful humans learn from failure. I'd like to discuss what I believe is one of my more recent failures, and what I've come to learn about what's behind it. When the masking guidance and mandates first dropped, it short-circuited me. I reacted in disbelief, anger, and refusal to enter places that required masks. Masking was a simple act that was both scientifically and morally justified. I wondered if I really was a decent person, or if this reflexive pushback was just uncovering undiagnosed sociopathic tendencies. I started to wonder if my outward behaviors of positivity and kindness were just facades that I'd constructed around a dark psyche. Given the rhetoric surrounding mask-wearing, which can — as far as I understand — be reduced to “you're a monster if you don't do this,” it was ha