Guest Post by ScottRC
As a care provider for high-functioning disabled people, I workwith clients in their homes and am mostly unsupervised. One of my clients, concerned about ordinary sniffles, went to a convenience clinic for a covid test and received a “positive” result. My immediate supervisor texted me saying I needed to get tested too. I texted back a polite no. An hour later, the next-in-command texted me with the same message: I “needed” to get tested. My response was even more polite. “I’m sorry, but I’m not going to do that.” At the time, I was at the client’s house, so I asked the supervisor if I needed to leave. I was prepared to get fired. He didn’t respond, but twenty minutes later, my immediate supervisor texted me on an unrelated matter, as if nothing had happened.
Later that day, the same supervisor texted me to say she had gone to a convenience clinic to get her own test. Since she works directly with the same “positive”-tested client, she was under the same orders I was. However, when she found out the test would cost her $128, she declined. “The office can forget that,” she said.
Would she have declined if I hadn’t done so first? I don’t know. She might get tested somewhere cheaper, or find someplace where they do it for free. Or, maybe if our employer pays for it, she’ll follow orders. It’s none of my business, and I have no expectations one way or another.
This isn’t a dramatic story. That’s why I like it. The propagandists have turned words, arguments, and logic itself against us. The more we talk, the crazier we sound to the average, law-abiding New Normal citizen. However, a polite and unemotional “no” quietly subverts the propaganda-fueled notion that covid dissidents are raving lunatics. Maybe the quiet “no” is even more powerful now, as this nonsense enters its third year. Even the most ardent true believers seem weary of a narrative that’s drifted so far from observable reality and common sense.
For myself, I’ve grown weary of covid opposition personalities who express their viewpoint with histrionic displays of anger, outrage, sentimentality or fear. They are inciting us to lead with our chins. As we’ve seen over and over during this crime against humanity, emotional displays are met with equal and opposite emotional displays. In this overstimulated and anxiety-ridden lunatic landscape, the quiet and emotionally detached “no” may be the most powerful weapon we have.