A Response to
“The Uncomfortable Truths Face Masks Reveal”
Just like the last one my comments are in BOLD/Italic
Original article is found here
The pandemic has made it necessary to adopt numerous precautions to preserve personal and public health. (Again, please stop using the word ‘pandemic’ as the WHO changed what that is, in 2009, to mean ZERO deaths. If this was what you were being told it was then where are the bodies in the streets?) In particular, both medical experts (“experts”) and local, state, and federal agencies ask individuals to wear masks and practice physical distancing. (why? There is no scientific reason whatsoever for this) What is the ethical standing of such requests? Do people have a moral obligation to follow these measures even when the law does not fully enforce them? How should we weigh the health benefits of such policies with the burdens they impose on individuals and communities? Drawing on the resources of the Christian tradition, we explore and answer these questions by developing three interrelated claims:
Christian Scripture often describes suffering and challenging circumstances as locations of divine intervention and manifestation that call forth a renewal of the way we live. (It also is against lying to the public: Gaslighting, promoting fear, etc)
Traditional reflections on the virtue of charity, solidarity, and the Christian mandate to love one’s neighbor provide resources to think about people’s ethical obligations during the pandemic. (Charity is also not telling your neighbor a virus that has a 99.99% recovery rate is the next plague)
The current health crisis reveals modes of thought and action that marginalize vulnerable populations and suggests ways to change them. (speaking of charity where is the charity for isolating & letting old stay people alone to die?)
Let us start our reflection with Scripture: (I fear this will be twisted to be used to promote muzzling up somehow)
On that day, when evening had come, [Jesus] said to [the disciples], “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd, they took him with them, just as he was, in the boat . . . And a great storm of wind arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care if we perish?” (Mark, 4:35-38)
Like the disciples, we, too, are in the midst of a storm. The peaceful sailing that our daily routines made possible was shattered last spring. (by the government) Now the winds of the spreading illness, the ever-rising death count, (where? Lethality is not there) and the economic disruption caused by the pandemic rage on. (they spelled “caused by the governments” wrong) Our cities are rocked by racial grievances, ongoing protests, and violence to the point that we wonder whether our social fabric will resist the storm or sink. (the communist BLM group, that hates everything, is not equal to this scamdemic) Many feel powerless, lost, unsure about how to go on, and remain puzzled by God’s seeming silence. (He’s clerics are definitely silenced. Those who should be speaking out are silenced as Our Lady of Good Success predicted) The crisis makes us identify with the disciples’ cry: “Teacher, do you not care if we perish?” (I’m more of a ‘Beam me up Scottie, there is no intelligent life here’ type since the same number died in previous years than 2020)
In many ways, these times of trial have been a rude reawakening. Our respective bubbles have been burst so that the questions we usually avoid or drown out have seized us again. What makes life worth living? Where does my certainty lie? How should I think about the mystery of suffering and death? What does it mean to educate my children? What contribution do I have to offer to those around me? We have once again discovered our vulnerability and fragility, for our illusion of control has been broken. Reality forces us to rethink how we live and interact with one another, thus inviting us to rediscover what is essential. (apparently this is the first time ever that people died & oh the flu is magically extinct this year)
“The storm exposes our vulnerability and uncovers those false and superfluous certainties around which we have constructed our daily schedules, our projects, our habits and priorities,” said Pope Francis last March while describing the pandemic. “[The pandemic] shows us how we have allowed to become dull and feeble the very things that nourish, sustain and strengthen our lives and our communities,” he continued. “The tempest lays bare all our prepackaged ideas and forgetfulness of what nourishes our people’s souls; all those attempts that anesthetize us with ways of thinking and acting that supposedly ‘save’ us” (Francis, “Extraordinary Moment of Prayer,” March 27, 2020). (Let us look at Italy. I am using Italy because they were the first to shut it all down over this. March 2018 there were, according to ISTAT 16,220 died from respiratory illness. In March 2019 there were 15,189 deaths due to respiratory illness in Italy. In March 2020, IN THE HEIGHT OF COVID, 12,352 died from respiratory illness. In the UK it has basically the same pattern. Remember that the Holy Father is a big fan of the World Economic Forum, who has taken full advantage of this scamdemic as one can easily see in any Schwab book or their YouTube channel)
We cannot hide from the urgent call of reality. (yes, reality that this is not the plague. That it is a bad flu season. Oh, wait we are being gaslighted) Instead, we come to realize our contingency and how much we depend on one another. We are summoned away from our usual distraction and invited into a time of choosing. This is a moment in which we must “choose what matters and what passes away,” says Francis. It is a time to “separate what is necessary from what is not. It is a time to get our lives back on track” (Ibid.).
“Wake up, Lord!” We find ourselves in the disciples’ plea. (I yell “wake, up people!”) What surprises us is the reaction of Jesus. Jesus “awoke and rebuked the wind,” the evangelist Mark tells us, “and said to the sea, ‘Peace! Be still!’ And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, ‘Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?’” (Mark 4:39-40) (indeed why are you afraid of a 99.99% recovery rate, ye of little faith) The Lord challenges the disciples’ fear. Why? Isn’t fear justified when the boat is about to sink? How can Jesus be peacefully asleep in the stern? Does he not realize that ruin is at hand? What is the origin of his starkly different attitude? Jesus “is trusting in the Father,” explains Francis. We tend to react with fear when reality reveals how powerless we are. (or when the media, aka Team Apocalypse, does nothing but promote fear to the masses) For Jesus, instead, everything is determined by the relationship with the Father. All his life is an ongoing dialogue with the mystery of God. Jesus does not succumb to fear because no challenge can shake the bond he has with the Father and the certainty that comes from it. What does Jesus’s attitude tell us about how we should face the current situation? (I don’t think muzzling up, taking an experimental injection & treating fellow humans as biohazards would be on his mind as a remedy)
The Gospel teaches us that God is present amidst the challenge. Fear grips the disciples’ hearts because the storm introduces the suspicion that God might have abandoned them. Instead, the Lord is present. Their reaction to the storm shows us that, despite all the miracles they have witnessed beforehand, the disciples still do not realize who Jesus is. The pandemic (“plandemic” I link to the great documentary on it) brings to the surface whether the journey of faith we have walked so far allows us to face difficulties certain of the Lord’s presence. We are sons and daughters of a loving Father who never abandons us but, like for the disciples, becoming aware of this relationship is not automatic. It takes a journey of knowledge in which, little by little, we become ever more familiar with who Jesus is and how he acts in our lives.
Rather than an objection against our journey of faith, the crisis is an opportunity to grow in the certainty of the Lord. Recognizing our impotence opens up the possibility of a more authentic relationship with God. Let us quote again from Pope Francis:
Faith begins when we realize we are in need of salvation . . . By ourselves we founder: we need the Lord, like ancient navigators needed the stars. Let us invite Jesus into the boats of our lives. Let us hand over our fears to him so that he can conquer them. Like the disciples, we will experience that with him on board there will be no shipwreck (Ibid.).
The danger they face amid the agitated waters forces the disciples to discover how dependent they are on Jesus. In turn, Jesus uses this occasion to manifest his power and further reveal his true identity so that the disciples may realize who he is. The result is that what begins as a fearsome event becomes a powerful occasion of conversion: “they were filled with awe, and said to one another, ‘Who then is this, that even wind and sea obey him?’” (Mark 4:41) A new awareness is born in the disciples. “The Lord awakens us,” says Francis, “to reawaken and revive our Easter faith . . . In the midst of isolation . . . let us once again listen to the proclamation that saves us: he is risen and is living by our side” (Ibid.).
God uses all circumstances, even challenging ones, to manifest himself. We should not think of the pandemic (“plandemic”) as a big parenthesis, after which we will resume our “real” lives. We need to respond to the call of reality, for reality is the place where the dialogue with the mystery of God happens. The circumstances through which the Lord has us pass are essential to our vocation. The Lord calls us through the events of our lives, whether big or small, joyful or challenging, and there is no way to realize our vocation without living intensely the circumstances we are given. We are often tempted to think that the reality we find ourselves in is an obstacle that hinders our fulfillment. Instead, circumstances are the place where our destiny can be realized in our relationship with the Lord. (nice job trying to use the faith to gaslight the people.. now they can really double down)
So let us look at our circumstances now. We are still in the midst of a storm, with Jesus still seemingly, asleep; God still seemingly silent. As Pope Francis says, we recognize that “on this boat . . . are all of us. Just like those disciples, who spoke anxiously with one voice, saying ‘We are perishing’ (Mark 4:38), so we too have realized that we cannot go on thinking of ourselves, but only together can we do this” (Ibid.). Yet, at the very time that we are more aware than ever that we need one other, our union and communication with others are hampered; for the disciples, by raging rain and howling wind; for us, by measures such as wearing masks and physical distancing. The obvious difference between our position and that of the disciples is that we control whether we mask and distance; the disciples, instead, had no control over the rain or the wind. Here the analogy breaks down. Unlike the disciples, we are in control of particular things that seem detrimental to community. In fact, insofar as we choose measures that seem harmful to community, we, like Jesus, may seem open to the charge that we “do not care.”
And let us speak truthfully: unlike in Jesus’s case, there may be some truth to this charge. We may mask and distance only because we are afraid for our own lives; we may use our masks and distancing as excuses to go on not caring for others; we may hide our selfishness behind our masks and distancing. (they left out “or we can mask because we are brain dead sheeple and the government told us to & we should never question whatever the government says even though they said do not at first then changed their minds later)
But, with purified intentions, we may mask and distance also to protect others from death, serious illness, or long-term health effects. (fact is masks do not do any of that. Plenty of studies show this plus, that is not what they were made for. The box they come in even says this doesn’t protect you from a virus. Why? Masks are worn to keep a doctor from sneezing or preventing any spittle from going into an open wound. To think it keeps a virus out is pure superstition) We know that “asymptomatic” (formerly called ‘healthy’ as this word did not exist prior to 2020) persons are responsible for part of the spread of COVID-19, (wrong. How can they make such a claim!?) and we know that masking is more effective in preventing spread when both contagious persons and healthy persons wear masks. (if that is true then why do people get sick for doing exactly that?! Again, “we know”. No, you do not or that is a straight up lie) There are also many persons, many of whom have increased risk with respect to COVID-19, who are unable safely to wear masks, such as the very young and those with certain medical conditions. Wearing masks, then, protects us from others who are contagious, but also protects others from us if we are contagious unknowingly. (Let’s use that word the Holy Father used, reality. In reality masks do not protect anyone from contagious people. The Chinese wear masks EVERY Flu season & guess what? They still got hit hard. I saw the head basketball coach of Michigan St tweet “I wear masks religiously & follow all the rules & still got sick. Yep) Wearing masks especially protects those who are vulnerable and those who cannot wear masks. (I’ll include the links on masks below along with Dr. Merritt just tearing this idea apart).
There are real sacrifices involved in masking and distancing. (besides that it is incredibly insane to do) Masks are physically uncomfortable, making it feel more difficult to breathe, (duh! It prevents you from getting Oxygen in & you breath in MORE CO2. Even the WEF recognizes this in their new ‘smart masks’ that claim it will let you know when your CO2 level is high) causing our ears to hurt, (kinda like God didn’t make us to wear a muzzle over our faces?) sometimes causing headaches, (due to lack of O2 & increase of CO2) and fogging up our glasses. (Health professionals are taught how to wear them. The public put it in their pockets, or on their rear-view mirror, or their purses. In a hospital setting you are told if you touch it, then you have contaminated the mask and it must be replaced. In the public they are always touching it. If this was a biohazard why aren’t they being thrown away in a biohazard bucket?) It is also certainly true that masking and distancing do take away from personal interaction. Masks obscure the face, which “expresses the person” (John Paul II, A Theology of the Body, §12:4); (along with screwing up the psychological development of children who will grow up seeing muzzled people) physical distancing makes us feel more distant in conversation, too; both masks and distancing seem to disrupt the naturalness and closeness of communication.
And so we must wear masks in truth and in charity. (truth and charity?! Lies is not truth. You are not being charitable by living a lie. Might as well tell trannies they are whatever they say they are because it’s ‘charitable’ too) Truth recognizes the physical discomfort and real social impediments of masking and distancing, but truth also recognizes the effectiveness of these measures in protecting persons, including the most vulnerable. (truth also admits there are no effectiveness in masks, but you are welcome to attempt to correct me, but the stats are on our side) Charity endures physical discomforts and social impediments to ourselves, and allows some foreseen but unintended physical discomfort and social impediment to others, for the sake of the good of the other. Masking and distancing are acts of love through which we affirm the good of the other above the inconveniences that these measures cause us. (if you repeat a lie over and over you eventually believe it)
We do not mask and distance because the government or the experts ask us to. (shocker to me because that is why businesses do that. Also, the arrests of people who do not wear them shows this is about control) Instead, we take these measures because the love of neighbor that is capable of enduring sacrifice for the sake of the other’s good is at the heart of discipleship. We take these measures because by heeding the needs of the vulnerable, we learn to embody the gaze of Jesus, a gaze of charity. (I haven’t masked ever and, never lived thinking I would get anyone sick because nobody thinks that way!)
Since we understand masking and distancing to be acts of charity, (notice the repetition to get you thinking this) we now want to reflect on an aspect of charity that is more often overlooked, namely, that charity desires “a certain union with the beloved” (Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae, II-II, Q. 27, Art. 2). This desiring of a certain union with the beloved, what we might call the social aspect of charity, calls to mind the concept of solidarity. Indeed, in his encyclical Centesimus Annus, Pope St. John Paul II says that Pope Pius XI had solidarity in mind when he spoke of “social charity,” and likewise Pope Paul VI had solidarity in mind when he spoke of a “civilization of love” (§10). (St Paul mentioned about twisting scripture & here you see them trying to use the Summa & two popes to try to back up their agenda)
Perhaps we are convinced that in the present pandemic, (“plandemic” see I fixed that for you) in most circumstances, all things considered, masking and distancing are done for the good of the other. (again, another repetition) But how can we say that masking and distancing are acts of charity expressing a certain union with the beloved? How can we say that masking and distancing are acts of solidarity, when wearing masks and physical distancing precisely hamper communion, as we have acknowledged?
Consider the ways in which masking and distancing can unite us in mind and heart with many of those most at risk during this pandemic; (huh?!) with those whose lives always involve uncomfortable medical equipment, and those who cannot do all of the things and interact with others in all of the ways they want to. With respect to the physical discomforts of wearing masks, consider those who must carry around an oxygen tank, those who must have a catheter, and those who must walk with crutches. (ok a small % use these items. I helped sell medical devices as an assistant. The entire population isn’t on crutches, O2 tanks etc. They want 100% compliance wearing a face mask that PROHIBITS natural breathing just because they say so. Not because they need it, like a crutch, but do it or else.)
With respect to the social impact of masking and distancing, consider those who face challenges to everyday communication because they cannot see or hear, or must use a machine to speak; consider those who must receive nutrients from a feeding tube, who cannot share the same pleasures of eating a meal with others; consider those who are sick who cannot have any visitors, consider those who before the pandemic could have visitors, but whom no one ever visited. While some of the prudent (ha! People used that word “prudent” way too much for this scamdemic) measures we take during this pandemic (‘plandemic’) do challenge the communion between family, friends, and others, the pandemic (‘plandemic’) has also brought into stark relief the places where we lacked community that we should have had.
Through masking and distancing, many can come to understand something of the physical discomforts and social challenges that are lifelong for others. We all can also offer our discomforts and loneliness to God for the sake of comfort and community for the vulnerable. (false charity. If you really care about the vulnerable start a movement to have them stop being killed by their governors and stop treating them like lepers. This idea of isolating them is criminal and demonic. It is sad they are being treated this way & used to promote FEAR in others). And through our empathy and spiritual union with the vulnerable, we can also be moved, as Pope Francis says, to “make room for the creativity that only the Spirit is capable of inspiring” and to find “new forms of hospitality, fraternity and solidarity” (Ibid.). That is why, while the pandemic (just fyi, they have said that 2020 was an experimental year and this is to go on for years… hence the continuous lockdown here, lockdown there, fear porn on the media, etc) has exacerbated the loneliness of many, it has also provided the opportunity for gestures of unity and care. For example, connecting via video call with those whose daily struggles many are just now beginning to see, such as the homebound, sick, disabled, imprisoned, or even family—all of whom we frequently neglected in normal times. (a criminal act by the way.)
We should also examine our own close family relationships and friendships. In addition to highlighting broken communion with the most vulnerable, the pandemic (‘plandemic’) perhaps also shows us how much of our time spent and communication with others has not built maturity and depth of relationship—for instance, we often waste time on conversation and entertainment that are ultimately destructive of community. Even in our closest relationships, we still often pretend that we are entirely self-sufficient, and we are unwilling to ask for or receive help. Instead, those who have embraced the circumstances as an opportunity to change, have found creative ways of strengthening community bonds, including with the most vulnerable who are too often passed over; not temporary bonds, but bonds that will endure. (yes, but not an argument to muzzle up & take an experimental injection both which are dangerous)
We are still in the midst of the storm, and the storm has lasted much longer than we may have anticipated. (Anyone who has been keeping up can see this is just the beginning. Only those who keep watching mainstream news & not the ones who have been censored are shocked at any of this) We long for the quieting of the storm, for calm waters, to gather with friends and family, to share meals and conversation freely and closely once more. (I do that now. It’s called ‘not living the lie’. We have people over, invite family over, go to restaurants etc and, where I live, it is normal. How? You take off the stupid mask, invite people over, & give others a hug. Kills the fear) Let us not, during this time, live in fear or imprudence, (then stop asking people to wear the reminder of the fear) but let us choose to allow God to help us to grow in faith and charity. (Faith & Charity indeed. Stop wearing a face covering that does nothing & smile at people) God’s apparent silence, Jesus’s sleep, is not a sign that he does not care, but a means through which he can enter into a deeper relationship with his disciples. (Ok, enough of claiming Christ is asleep. You have no idea on that one plus if He is asleep it is the Church, not a scamdemic, He is sleeping on) May our masking and distancing not indicate a lack of care, but may they be a means to enter into deeper relationships with God and others. (Pray tell me how that makes any sense? Mask up to enter into a deeper relationship with God & others. How? By inhibiting your own breathing, causing mask mouth, bacteria pneumonia, higher CO2 levels and disease because of it? Let’s us faith AND reason. That makes no rational sense unless you are to turn off your mind, comply without questioning a thing & being part of the problem, the Rona Cult. Distancing? So treating your fellow neighbor NOT as made in the image & likeness of Christ but as biohazards who may kill you with a sneeze at any time? Yes that is the opposite of Christian) May we, hampered in our union with others by the howling winds and raging rain, find new ways of solidarity such that when the storm does pass, we do not simply go back to how things were before. Rather, may we return to gatherings with friends and family that are now more inclusive of the vulnerable and more centered on Christ and the good of the other. May we grow in closer union with God and one another. (We have those among us that worship in the Rona Church. They are evangelists for the propaganda as the book “Propaganda” by Jacques Ellul mentions. We have a pandemic of bad leadership today and most of the people who say “wear a mask” or “the experimental injections, they will say ‘vaccine’, are safe, effective, etc will NEVER find the humility to say they were wrong and seek to be part of the solution.)
Important Mask Coverage
Most Recent Mask Studies
5 NIH/National Library of Medicine studies from 2004-2020 all finding verifiable health effects from wearing a face mask, including scientifically verified reduction is blood oxygen level:
Cloth Mask Study
SOME of the mask studies on efficacy: