Intent vs Impact What is intent vs impact? Let us first define these terms… Intent is defined as purpose. Impact is defined as having a strong effect on someone or something; come into a forcible contact with another. Now, let's use a current issue of intent vs impact concerning the spread or containment of COVID-19: Wearing a mask verses not wearing a mask because of your civil liberty. If your intent for not wearing a mask is because it infringes on your civil liberty, then what is your impact on other people's lives. This is not a matter of liberty, this is a matter concerning life or death. IF you did not know if COVID-19 was real or not, would you not act as if it were real.? Why has wearing a mask become political choice, because it is not? If because you chose to not wear a mask, and a favorite member of your family or friends had to be the “sacrificial lamb,” who was to die from COVID, who would that be? Who would get to bear that pain alone, suffer by themseelf, with NO loved one by their side? Which child or grandchild, which parent or grandparent, or which friend would you NOT want to die because of your selfishness? Oh, and remember you don’t get to chose who you lose, COVID does! When you choose not to wear a mask & not socially distance, then you should NOT be allowed to receive medical treatment. Do you ignore the risk you are putting our Doctors, nurses, & other healthcare workers in? Today in the U.S. more than 1,000 people per day are dyeing from COVID-19. For those 2,000 people who attended the RNC, and were in blatant disregard for the guidelines put forth to ALL of us, and by not wearing masks & not socially distancing, SHAME ON YOU! For our incumbent President, who leads by such a dangerous incompetence, STOP YOUR IRREPEHENSIBLE BEHAVIOR! Why should all of you not be the 2,000 people to die in the next two-day death toll… would your ignorance then be worth it? If a 2-year-old is smart enough to wear a mask, I would hope Donald J Trump could learn from the “adult" 2-year-old! Where have our compassion & empathy, love & respect, and value of human lives gone? How did we become so divided? Who have we become as a society, void of truth & reason? When will we change to become better as human beings and listen to our hearts? Have the united “We” become the divided “Me”? My30-year old niece shared with me … “I was asked by someone the other day, why I was wearing a mask. And, I said to him, that it may be inconvenient for me, but if it saves lives, why wouldn’t I wear a mask?” She could have not said it better…Thank you Teke, love you so, so much! Everyone, please take care, stay safe, be well, and remember to wear a mask! With Love To All… Donna
This story was submitted in response to Dispatches from the COVID-19 Pandemic.