Rebels Without Causes: America’s Madness and its Repercussions

Maryam Ismail

It is time to face it, this pandemic is a disaster on many levels; economies are falling apart, many are stranded away from loved ones, people are dying and others are getting sick; and in many cases, simply because they are hardheaded. Which is simply stupid.

And as always, America has led the way, but in this case, the apt title for this episode of their role as global leaders is, Things Fall Apart. Where, like in the novel, by Chinua Achebe, the protagonist’s pride, fear, and anger, leads to his one destruction and that of his entire village. Switch out Ikemefuna for Trump, and the Evil Forest for Main Street, USA; then, it is easy see how a nation abandoned by their leader is falling apart all over the place.

Global Madness

After the wacky protests in Florida against wearing face masks, much was fueled by a motley mix of conspiracy theorists and Covid-19 deniers. As a result, America at the moment is looking like the land of crazed fools. The madness has now been exported to Germany where protesters are also have anti-mask protests and represents the death of freedom. Protests don’t help because the put others in harm’s way. Crowded, places where people stand side by side in the heat shouting and spreading the virus. The facts are in: masks are the best, proven, protection against the Coronavirus, when out in public. Another searing proof the US has the highest infection in the United States at the moment, mostly as a result of such reckless behavior.

This Corona life is difficult enough and these folks just add extra stress. I get it; wearing a mask is awful, especially in the summer heat. Each time, I put one on, I say a prayer for those who have to work and wear one all day, every day. Nevertheless, it has to be done. And now there are so many styles to choose from. So, why not try some?

The American Ban

Americans are banned from entering the EU nations as well as others? I am quite shocked. This means two things: Trump has got to go and Americans have to get serious about Covid19. There is no other choice. Take a look at Italy, they were locked in their houses for more than a month and they turned their devastation around. Americans on the other hand, cannot stand to do anything they are told. From the President on down, people would rather follow conspiracy theories, wacky remedies that may kill you before they cure you, or just not give a flip-because they are purely selfish.

And yet, they seem unfazed by the deaths of over a hundred and fifty thousand, as they flood the beaches, malls, and hold massive house parties. All of this life threatening behavior has been encouraged by the president, governors, and in part the media, all of which are playing chicken with everyone’s lives.

Americans Need Not Apply

From town hall rants about having wearing masks, raving Karens, and inept banana republic politics- in sum has got America is looking like a failed state. Which European or foreign country would want these maniacs running all over their country with this kind of havoc? No one. The real question is how to turn all of this around? I do not have an answer. I can only tell some of the whys, they have been feed decades of stories where people bully and harass each other, where telling lies are such a norm, the truth is hard to believe. Just take a look at the any Disney cartoon, they all run on the same theme, break the rules, leave the pack behind, be a leader, but this won’t work in real life, just try it with your boss. All of this in search of an individualistic happy, where nothing matters except getting what yours.

The Frontlines of the Future

Yet, with all of this mask protests and lust for freedom, wreaks of selfishness and delusion. So, if the parents don’t want to wear masks, them what about their kids? And what about schools? I can see the scenario, parents angrily marching across school playgrounds, and shouting through the halls, dragging their kids by the arm demanding that they be admitted into class, mask free and snotty nosed. So, what are the teachers and administrators supposed to do? They too are protesting; they do not want to go back to school, because it is not safe. Schools are already a cesspool of germs as kids run, play, and bring whatever cooties, they catch on the way to school.

This is not fair.

Teachers are already under so much pressure to perform well. From fretting on how to get the students to pass standardized tests, learn life skills, while at the same time dealing with social problems such as homelessness, hunger and job instability and low wages for high demand work. Included in this is also working to keep the administrators happy who have their own set of hoops for teachers to jump through. It make you wonder how many teachers not drive off a cliff on their way home.

We Not There Yet

Who would have imagined in 2020, we would find ourselves stuck in doors, staring at screens like Captain Kirk on the Star Ship Enterprise? However, there is no beaming up or out. Unfortunately, Covid-19 is here for a while. It is best to take it in stride and do all we can to survive it. Let’s take the advice of Mr. Green Jeans and put on our thinking caps and the medical professional’s advice to wear our masks, calm down, and think of others for a change.

As for the parents with kids at home, think twice before sending your kids to school, and if you need help hit up your local representatives for better social services. You might also might want to hit the library and study up, cause homeschooling is the new cool. And finally, pray intensely, that we see the end of the Corona life.

Journalist. I’ve written mostly on culture, society, and education in the Middle East.

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