Freedom comes with responsibility: To mask or not to mask, there’s difference between being right and doing right thing

Sometimes I don’t get it.

Why would anybody watch the ’90s TV show “The Nanny” with Fran Drescher and that voice? She may be a marvelous person … could not handle that voice.

Refuse to watch slasher-type horror movies and believe these pieces of cinematic garbage have contributed to a cheapening of life.

Flummoxed why some people think Lubbock and West Texas is a wasteland. Our wide-open spaces are, as I’ve said, gorgeous desolation.

And what’s the problem with wearing masks, social distancing and washing your hands?

Thanks, Gov. Abbott, for mandating what we should have been doing these last three-to-four months. Some people and businesses in Lubbock have been terribly irresponsible. When that happens, government will step in and force the situation whether some of us like it or not. One of government’s main roles is to keep us safe. Are sewer systems an infringement on our rights?

The number of coronavirus cases in Lubbock County has exploded in the past few weeks.

Yes, more people have been tested and most cases are young adults between 20-29.

But the past seven days:

  • We’ve had record number of people in our hospitals.
  • Cases in intensive care units have jumped.
  • Three more people have died after no deaths for weeks.

When I was younger, there was a clearer understanding of wrong vs. right. But due to an explosion of media, people are armed with enough information to support whatever position they desire. So we’ve devolved into a country where there are multiple truths. If something disagrees with your view, it must be fake, so we don’t consider some or all of another view could be right.

I wear and have worn a mask because it’s the right thing to do.

Some of you may not think I’m right.

But let’s delineate between being right and doing the right thing.

We don’t have all the answers about this virus yet. what’s the harm in wearing a mask?

Too many of us don’t because we believe this is part of a grand conspiracy to take away our freedom.

So happy Independence Day … the day we celebrate the great and wondrous freedom we have in this country … a freedom that’s attracted millions over the years to come and grab their piece of the American Dream. I’m proud to be an American and live in a country that gave my ancestors a better life than what we had in Eastern Europe.

What freedom do I lose wearing a mask?

None.

My First Amendment rights? No … but for now we should spread out while peacefully assembling.

My Second Amendment rights? No.

Many other rights? No

Freedom comes with responsibility. As it says in Luke 12:48: “To whom much is given, much is expected.”

Am I free to murder someone? No.

And my freedom to thrust my fist toward someone’s face ends at their face.

Right now, wearing a mask is the right thing to do because you don’t know what’s coming out of your mouth and where it ends.

Over the months we’ve been living with this pandemic, I’ve advocated for masks, etc.

Some people have disagreed with me on the Lubbock Lights Facebook page, which is their First Amendment right:

  • “He thinks he the all mighty.”
  • “Nope and you can stay home with your fear while I go on living!”
  • “Based on the comments, probably not the best article to share. His fears do not equate to my safety.”

So if you won’t listen to me, will you listen to Nolan Ryan? In this link to a public service announcement, he says “don’t be a knucklehead.” Go ahead and disagree with Nolan at your own risk … just ask Robin Ventura.

As I said weeks ago, wearing masks in Asian countries has become part of the culture and their virus numbers have been better. Maybe wearing a mask becomes the right thing to do post-coronavirus. Maybe it cuts down on future flu deaths.

This is a great country because of our freedom and because how we’ve done the right thing in critical times … like two World Wars.

Wearing a mask is the right and responsible thing to do.

Disagree? To quote the Eagles song from the ’90s, please, please, please get over it. Stop believing stuff out there saying once you put on a mask your guns will be taken in the middle of the night by Antifa.

Instead of posting endless stuff on social media, try talking to  the loved one of someone who’s died from this virus and explain why you should  not have to wear a mask. It changes the whole dynamic compared to sitting behind your keyboard with the support of your tribe.

Besides, now you have no choice.

And maybe we could have avoided all of this if we’d done it in the first place.