We Can’t Afford for Everyone to Have Their Own Opinion Anymore

It’s getting us killed.

Jessica Wildfire


It’s already happening.

Vaccinated people are starting to get sick with the delta variant of the coronavirus, and not just a little sick. They’re getting fevers and chills. They’re becoming vectors of infection for others. Some of them are winding up in the hospital, and even dying. If you’re not vaccinated, then you’re in even deeper trouble. Here, take a look:


It takes as little as ten seconds to catch the delta variant, according to new studies. All you have to do is walk past someone who’s infected. No wonder the World Health Organization has thrown a bucket of ice water over the once gleeful CDC announcement that fully-vaccinated people can basically go out and party. Now they’re telling us to keep masking, and keep maintaining our distance. It’s not a huge surprise.

Let’s be honest, a lot of us were skeptical in the first place. We suspected the delta variant would cause problems.

Does this sound alarmist?

That’s not the point. The point is what it always has been, to exercise a little consideration. A lot of us would love nothing more than for everyone to follow their own gut when it comes to the pandemic. Unfortunately, millions of us don’t get a say in whether we go back to work or not — which guarantees exposure to incredibly contagious variants. We don’t just care for ourselves. We have vulnerable, unvaccinated people in our lives. While everyone else talks about “personal choice” and “freedom,” what they really mean is the freedom for them to force us back into the office, and to shame us into a dystopian normal where we have no control. They want the freedom to turn their inconvenience into our personal risk.

They’re not going to wear a mask for a little longer. They’re not going to keep their kids home when they’re sick. They’re not going to get vaccinated. They’re not going to do anything helpful.

A certain kind of person gets all huffy when we ask for small accommodations. They say, “You can’t spend the rest of your life…