Sunbaked and stupid
We really don’t know if what we want to write about is worth writing about. We think it is, so we’ll give it a try, and start with three words: Trinity Bellwoods Park.
You rolled your eyes, there, we know it. And you’re of either two camps – you’re calling every single person who crowded into that park in Toronto on Saturday a Covidiot, or you’re wishing you had been down there with them.
After some reflection, we at the Cosmos have decided we are in the Covidiot camp. Since the middle of March, we have been in lockdown, told to stay at least six metres away from other people, and wash our hands until they’re bleeding, all because of a nasty little virus that scientists and other experts don’t know a heck of a lot about, except that it can be carried around by the most unsuspecting of us, and hit anyone at any age, rather severely. Regardless of how you think this has all been handled, or what conspiracy theory you may subscribe to, the fact remains that there is virus out there that can make people very, very sick, or kill them. It’s bad enough to take away professional sports, for god’s sake.
So what, in the name of all that is good and right in the world, would possess any person with half a brain to take a wander by a crowded park on a sunny day, picnic basket in hand, and say to him or herself: “Gee, everyone seems to like it in there, looks nice, think I’ll join them,” and cop a squat on the grass shoulder to shoulder with other people DURING A WORLDWIDE PANDEMIC? Was it crowd mentality that just picked up and carried everyone away? Was it the sunshine – it made people’s brains go soft? Was it an organized stand against what government and health officials have been telling us about since December of last year? Just what was it? Please, someone explain, because we’re darned if we know.
Canada is the second largest country in the world, and Ontario one of its largest provinces. We know it’s not always easy to leave the city, especially when public transit is a concern during the pandemic. But damn, people, there is room to spread out! Now we all get to be insulted and treated like children while city officials draw big circles on the grass so people remember to physically distance themselves – welcome to kindergarten, class.
The more people do stupid things like that, the longer we are going to be in this mess. It won’t kill any of us to just stick to the rules awhile longer. It will kill us if we insist on breaking them, all for the sake of a suntan.
Don’t be a Covidiot. And show some respect for the rest of us.