Are we emphasizing fear?

Monday, August 3, 2020
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

woman wearing surgical maskA physics professor is making a moral case against mask mandates and other COVID-19 restrictions.

In an article for The Federalist, David Shane, PhD, a professor of physics at Lansing Community College in Michigan, writes that mask mandates are making people see other people as a threat.

"Various COVID rules like you must wear a mask in these conditions, or even just social distancing rules communicate to people something about the danger level," Shane tells OneNewsNow. "If you go to a store, and everyone around you is wearing a mask -- or even at church, if everyone around you is wearing a mask, that sort of communicates a message that you are in great danger."

Shane's article includes a story about how this does not just apply indoors.

"A few days ago, I was bicycling on one of Lansing's trails, and I watched a woman walking ahead in the distance. Every time someone got close to her, she would put on her mask and step off the pathway into the grass until he passed — and people passed often, so this was quite a disruption to her walk," he shares. "The risk to her, being outside in mid-Michigan with people passing her at 15 miles per hour, is extremely small, but she appeared too afraid even to take a normal walk on a nature trail."

Meanwhile, the physics professor is concerned about what these rules are teaching children.

Shane

"Children are especially apt to being programmed, and so it's worth thinking what kind of human are we helping to produce with this rule," Shane submits. "Actually, at our last Bible study meeting, people were talking about masks at church, and a point that someone made repeatedly is that Christians should not be people of fear."

He adds, though, that this does not necessarily mean that COVID-19 rules are always bad.

"It depends on exactly what your risk environment is, but on the whole, Christians should not be people of fear," he reiterates. "What are we helping to teach children and other people by the rules we are making? Are we sort of emphasizing the fear? Are we helping to make people of fear or something else?"

Moreover, as restriction builds upon restriction, and the more people get used to something, the more willing they are to accept another rule.

"People act like there is just nothing on the other side of the balance, and so the only reason you would ever oppose any of these is selfishness," Shane observes.

He says the "big point" of his article is there is actually lots of other important stuff on the other side of the balance that we need to be thinking about.

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