It is my strong and heartfelt belief as an autistic man in his 20s that we need to make a swift and collective return to the old normal. We cannot control the past, but if we create a world we want to live in now, we can begin to shapeshift the future. A world where legal tender is rightly treated as legal tender, and where humans are equally free to choose what they wear and what medical decisions they take regardless of age, race, gender, disability, or creed, is one I’d love to live in with my sweetheart!
Hands: Pay by cash if you want to (and not feel bad about it!)
Face: No mask mandates! (and no challenging, no exemptions, no lanyards, no badges, no nothing)
Grace: No vaccine mandates, no vaccine passports!
Humans are natural friends and fellow citizens and it goes against our psyche to treat each other as walking biohazards. We should not generally be afraid of contact and policies both in public and in private premises should not unduly ramp up the fear factor.
The human face is a paramount and sacrosanct staple of our individualities. It is horrific, even in times of a pandemic, that our governments are taking this away and setting a dangerous precedent for the further loss of civil liberties and rights to bodily autonomies.
We should strive to be around and look after other human beings. While it is true that we can transmit coronavirus and other nasties to each other, that is a comparatively rare occurrence and the positive social impact we can have when we mingle far outweighs it.