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“I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.” ~~ John G. Diefenbaker

WUN FEATHER -- Wear your mask if you have to ... or don't wear the darn thing ... just remember that us human beings need to see each other smile

I am deadly serious about what wearing masks is going to do to our society ... and I don't mean the physical aspect, or breathing in your own wasted breath. I am sure that can not be that good for you, but I want to talk about the psychological component of mask wearing.

I have made my living by talking to people.

I refuse to have any serious discussions over the phone. For me, the phone has only one purpose, and that is to call someone to set up a meeting.

A typical phone call for me goes something like this, "Hey Annie Oz, it was nice to meet you in Conklin the other day. Have you got a few minutes to discuss a few work-related issues with me this week?"

When she says: "Okay, how about Friday at two?" ... that is the end of the phone call.

I need to see peoples faces when I speak with them because without the physical body language

-- and being able to see their facial expressions -- all we are doing is sharing words. Verbosity on its own is meaningless to me.

I am the very same way when I am shopping for groceries. If someone is wheeling their shopping cart out of an isle, and we almost collide; without seeing their facial expressions, I have no idea if they are purposely trying to ram in to me, or if they are trying to be polite.

Don't get me wrong here; someone has told us that wearing masks will combat the virus and we will all be safe. I get that, but I wait for the very last second to put the thing on, and as soon as I can, I tear it off, and put it in my pocket ... and I do not wear it while I drive!

I want people to see my ugly face and how mean I look so they don't mess with me. Ha ha ... just kidding.

In my 50 years as a licensed driver, I have realized that if I come to an intersection, and I smile at the other drivers, the majority of them smile back at me.

That is an important aspect of human health, and compassion, for each other.

Just a quick smile will usually transfer from you to another person, and you have no idea how important your attitude towards them may make them feel. 

Wear your mask if you have to ... or don't wear the darn thing.

Just remember that us human beings need to see each other smile.

I challenge anyone to argue that point with me.

If I am wrong, why are smiley faces, and emojis, the first thing kids add to their phones?


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