No Parking, Fire Zone
by Dwayne Phillips
We each have threats that we value and threats that we ignore.
I sit here in a coffee shop drinking plain old coffee while writing. In the year of the virus, persons walk in wearing their theatrical masks to show concern for a threat. They grab their coffee, walk out, and sit in their giant SUV parked in front of the sign that reads:
NO PARKING…FIRE ZONE
Hmmm, if there was a fire, all the persons in all the shops in this shopping center would be in immediate danger of death and that giant SUV would block the fire fighters and…
Not to worry, these persons are good persons as evidenced by their masks that have logos on them from all the current protests that amplify how good a good person is this week.
We each have our own threats that we value and threats that we ignore. The virus and the mask are more important to some than the fire hazard or the pollution hazard from a massive internal combustion engine in a massive 15-person vehicle in which no more than two persons usually ride.
Life goes on in the year of the virus. The more things are far out of the ordinary, the more we are the same.