I had an interesting conversation with one of my Chinese coworkers today. We were shooting the breeze about summer school, when I remembered that there was something I had wondered about for some time.
I asked her about the Chinese response to mask wearing. Since January, did anyone ever oppose it? Was anyone ever against it?
It was like I’d asked her if people in China breathe air. Why would they oppose something that benefits everyone?
I told her that some people in America continue to refuse to wear the mask, even when the virus is not nearly under control.
Again, it was like I told her that some people in America refuse to breathe air. It didn’t make sense to her.
And it doesn’t make sense to me.
I can understand that someone could’ve felt this way in the beginning. After all, masks aren’t unusual in Asia, but they are in America. We haven’t had to wear masks before, and they are not comfortable. I can get people not wanting to wear them.
In the beginning.
But now? When the science has shown that wearing a mask helps fight the virus… why wouldn’t people wear them now?
This is my question. If you are a person who continues to refuse to wear a mask… why? What is your reasoning? I’m not asking this to start a fight, I’m truly trying to understand your point of view. What scientific evidence to you bring to your position? And if you are a Christian, how do you respond to the argument that wearing a mask demonstrates love to your neighbor?
Seriously. I don’t want a fight. I want to understand.
Because right now I don’t.