Going Halfsies

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Enoch Orozco

Zoom, Google Classroom, and Flipgrid are a handful of applications schools and businesses are using to stay involved while staying at home (Photo courtesy of Enoch Orozco).

I want to preface this article by saying this is strictly an opinion piece. I don’t consider myself to have enough real-world experience to know the correct decisions to make when it comes to the COVID-19 lockdown. I also want to say I hold no hard feelings to anyone that may feel like my opinions are wrong or anyone that feels targeted by this article. As I said, this is strictly an opinion piece.

Amidst the chaos of the COVID-19 outbreak, schools and businesses all around the nation have been shut down. Most districts have implemented a way to technologically keep companies and schools running. Families are either forced to or advised to stay indoors and only make trips out of absolute necessity, and it is strongly recommended to wear a mask when you leave the house. All of these rules have implemented an isolated nature for most people, even if it’s something they don’t want to do. And by most people, I mean the people that listen to the rules.

For the safety of my family as well as the general public, I have been doing my part in staying home and not going to see my friends. In a previous article, I claimed my introverted nature makes it easier for me to stay inside, but I miss my friends just like everyone else does. It has been more than tempting to make a trip out to see them, but I have refrained from doing so. I have refrained simply because I personally don’t want to be a factor in spreading the disease because in my mind that is the decent thing to do. I was told that staying inside would be the best thing to do, so that’s what I am doing.

However, not everyone has been doing the same thing as me, and that makes me question my actions. People are directly breaking this “lockdown rule” without even trying to hide it; some people go so far as to post pictures of them hanging out with their friends and pointing out how they no longer care about the lockdown rule. So, now a dilemma has been created, because if half the people get to do what they want and visit their friends, why can’t I do the same? It’s not like the government is patrolling the streets and forcing us to stay indoors; it’s just a recommendation. Also, it’s not like I’m going to get sick, so why should I follow the rule?

The biggest issue I face is people flaunting the fact that they’re breaking the rules. When the majority of us are stuck inside with cabin fever, it is unfair for others to be running around doing whatever they want. However, I can deal with things being unfair; the popular phrase “life isn’t fair” is popular for a reason. My problem stems from people showing off their lack of morality and their desire to satiate their own wants over the good of the people. In a strictly hypothetical sense, it is extremely aggravating to see Stacy and John going on a picnic when Tracy can’t attend her grandmother’s funeral because they had to shut down (this may seem a bit extreme, but it is a definite possibility and reality). 

The answer comes down to your own moral compass and priorities. Some people can very easily put what they want over the good of the general public and easily break the rules without a second thought. If you strictly prioritize what you want over the general health of the public, then it is very easy for you to break the rules and do whatever you want. However, if you have that sense of guilt like I do, then it isn’t as easy. 

All in all this trend of “half the people follow the rules and the other half don’t” is extremely aggravating when you fall into the half that doesn’t get to do what they want. The issue lies with those in authority not completely putting us in lockdown, but strongly advising for it. Instead of this “going halfsies” we need to take a strict yes or no approach to the situation. Either keep everyone in lockdown until the virus goes away, or continue business as usual until the threat stops. I urge all of you for the time being to stay socially distant from others to avoid being a cause for someone else’s pain.