@NateSilver538 rationality depends on your beliefs. If you believe--either for true or false reasons--that it is good for you to continue a specific kind of behavior, than that is rational behavior.
@NateSilver538 We can also think about costs to an individual. If they have residual anxiety about going maskless or interacting w/ others, then it makes sense for them to wear a mask, etc. However, if this becomes costly for them (e.g. depression from isolation), then the calculus shifts
@NateSilver538 If you're going to have a panic attack if you go maskless at the grocery store b/c of the stress/trauma of the last year, then it is of *benefit* to you to avoid this situation by wearing a mask.

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4 May
I wrote about how the GOP has co-opted the word "woke" to smuggle in pejorative feelings about good ideas. Just as they used "states rights" to make people feel positively about segregation, they now use "woke" to deride of social justice. Journalists need to stop falling for it
"Woke" has a distinct history in African American English. Now it has been appropriated & become a term of blanket derision for social justice. Folks keep repeating GOP criticisms of "wokeness" w/o describing the underlying meaning. They allow the pejorative *feeling* to prevail
This is just another part of a long GOP tradition of using figurative language to obscure underlying meaning & smuggle in either positive or negative connotations. 'States' rights" made segregation positive. 'Wokeness' makes social justice negative. And so on.
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4 May
Many people adjusted to the life-altering experience of living thru a pandemic extremely well. The first months were full of confusion & terror. I had difficult convos w/ my parents about living wills. But people adjusted. It might just take a few months for them to adjust back.
It's astonishing what our minds grappled w/. The impending doom & death predicted by models & then the reality playing out. The uncertainty about both our health & the economy, not to mention the initial unknowns about the virus. That so many people adapted is incredible.
If it's odd to you that people can't switch immediately back to normal, I would suggest doing just some basic reading on human psychology. If we have herd immunity in a year & people are still huddled at home, we can chat about it being an issue. For now, it's just normal.
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4 May
People need to stop trying to strong-arm the reluctance of some vaccinated liberals about "returning to normal" into a false equivalence w/ the anti-mask culture war.
There are a lot of reasons rationale people might still wear masks, for example. Maybe they don't feel like all the data are in. Maybe they have residual stress/anxiety. Maybe it's just taking them a while to adjust. Etc.
In terms of virtue signaling: who cares? Virtual signaling can be good & is *not the same* as a culture war. One is pro-social & the other is anti-social. Being proud that you drive an electric car is not the same as being proud that you just drenched a person in cigarette smoke.
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4 May
I'm so sorry that people who have spent decades fighting against integrated schools while ignoring disparate health outcomes between Black & white Americans are now having to deal w/ a small consequence of living in an unequal society.
Yes, Black families and educational staff have different stakes in the "school opening" conversation b/c they are more likely to be at schools w/ poor ventilation & other faulty infrastructure. They're also more likely to suffer negative health outcomes from COVID.
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3 May
The class reductionists who seize on every little thing to deride social justice reveal that their true motives don't have a lot to do with class at all.
This week it's "The CIA is recruiting a diverse work force & therefore social justice is hollow." Next week it'll probably be something like "A Black woman said she was proud of being Black at the exact moment that 10 white coal miners stubbed their toes so anti-racism is bad"
I think class reductionist arguments are bad for a number of reasons, including, for example, the existence of racism. That said, people could still make these bad arguments w/out constantly deriding social justice. It's revealing that they've chosen a different path.
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3 May
This is illogical. It's like claiming if a company that is generally malevolent adopts anti-sexual harassment policy, anti-sexual harassment policy is therefore inherently hollow. A good idea is not rendered bad just because someone we don't like adheres to it.
Amazon is a company that engages in unfair labor practices. I'm sure they also say they will fire people who use the n-word against Black co-workers. The fact that Amazon--a bad company--might enforce this policy does not mean entail that "don't say the n-word" is a hollow idea.
Bad actors co-opt good ideas all the time, typically because it is in their own self-interest to do so. It's why corporations are speaking out against suppression laws in GA. This process doesn't make them "good," but it also doesn't render the ideas they've co-opted "bad."
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