Lately, I have been watching television and seeing many of my fellow Americans rioting in the streets; among other reasons, complaining about their right to go back to work and trying to persuade their Governor to relax their State’s stay-at-home order. I started thinking about my last duppydom (Our Consequences as It Relates to the Coronavirus), and stared wondering if people don’t fully understand what being socially responsible means. I completely understand that people (and business owners) need to go back to work to support their family, but at what cost? Are they willing to sacrifice their life (and other people’s lives) for a paycheck?
The right to work and the freedom of the business market can be wonderful aspects of living. The pride of working and contributing to society is a feeling that is not easily mimicked by other successes. However, across the globe, nations and societies have halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While it’s difficult to rearrange our entire lives and stop our once daily routines, it’s obvious how necessary these precautions are. The more the virus spreads, the more people are becoming critically ill and even dying.
As we have all heard constantly from the news, social media, and the radio, some find the government restrictions not only inconvenient but as a way for the government to quash our civil right to work.
While these concerns have been voiced from Australia to Canada, it seems that my fellow citizens of the U.S have taken this issue to a higher level. Across the many states of America – most recently Texas, Indiana, and Wisconsin – protestors have taken to the streets to riot and rally against the COVID-19 restrictions. The protestors have started these rallies for a variety of reasons: some believe that the government is being overly controlling by closing businesses, others believe that the virus itself is a hoax, as protestors in Austin have exclaimed. Overall, these protestors want the same result - for life to be as it was. While I, and I’m sure many others, can agree with that, the riots themselves are putting so many more people in danger. These protestors do not wear masks or gloves, do not practice social distancing during their protests, and are completely ignoring any and all suggestions from Public Health officials.
The demand for non-essential businesses to reopen seems to be the loudest request from protestors. They feel that it is their God-given right to work in their country and, therefore, should be allowed to work regardless of any current situation. They argue that they are being treated like children with the enforcement of the restrictions and need to go back to work for their mental health and financial well-being. This has come on even stronger as the rate of unemployment skyrockets.
Others complain that the damage to the economy will be more harmful than any virus. While every nation’s economy will be affected harshly, with some never recovering, we must think of the mass amounts of humans lives at risk. Returning to work would have catastrophic consequences for the health of U.S citizens and could extend the period of these restrictions to last even longer.
Working and feeling like we are contributing to society is important for our finances, our self-worth, and our mental health. It’s crucial to feel needed and worthy. Unfortunately, going back to work and reopening businesses is just not doable for the time being. While some are still working – those considered essential – it is so much more beneficial to the eradication of the virus if those who can stay home do so. Again, I implore my brethren to think about how their behaviours will have consequences and to behave more socially responsibly.
1 : After two months of COVID-19 quarantine, some Americans want the economy to reopen.
2 : They have taken to the streets in the form of rioting to voice their opinions
3 : With no vaccine, is reopening the U.S. economy a viable option at the present moment?Category: Social Responsibility / Subcategory: Our Freedom to Decide
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