“Thou shalt not Covid thy neighbour’s life. Wear a mask.”Church billboard outside Royal Columbia Hospital, New Westminster, British Columbia
“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person,” Oscar Wilde once noted. “Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”
The famous playwright died 120 years ago, destitute and alone, three short years after being released from prison. His sexual orientation had earned him a two-year stint in the slammer.
If Mr. Wilde were alive today, he’d find the world a more enlightened place, undoubtedly.
He might also expect to find the world awash in truthfulness, what with all the Covid-generated mask-wearing. But he’d be disappointed: there’s no pandemic of honesty. Instead we’re submerged in a toxic soup of misinformation and falsehoods.
I don’t know about you, but I’m more afraid of drowning in nonsense than I am of dying from Covid-19.