I’ve been following a fairly unbelievable conversation on Facebook complaining that the volunteers fighting Ebola need to shut up and be grateful that we gave them the chance to fight Ebola? (Honestly, I had a real hard time figuring out what the basis was for this conversation). They were compared to the 101st Airborne and their oath of duty and…I don’t know. Let me say a few more things than you really want to hear about all of that.
There is a major difference between the military and volunteers. Volunteers aren’t “idiots“. They decided to risk there lives for little or no compensation to help others during a health crisis. Disdain and demand for ill treatment of those that are trying to save lives fits well with the current “me first” culture but it is still wrong.
Cowardice and illogical fear of this disease should not replace common courtesy nor the requirement to be grateful (or, at a minimum, humane) to those that are helping people while we bravely sit at our keyboards and opine about how the people that actually are helping should feel or be treated. We imagine farfetched scenarios under which Ebola could affect us and find friends to whine with about how brave we are while we cower on the Barcalounger with a Coors Light firmly in hand, stuffing chicken wings into our maw and explain what the young men on the television are doing wrong. We discuss how much danger we are in while watching the NFL on CBS and in between howling at the TV about the latest injustice the referees are perpetrating on “your” team and making plans to watch Lucy Liu in “Elementary”.
We are strong believers in our expertise in things we have no expertise in. And disbelievers in experts who differ with our opinion only because they know what they are talking about. Welcome to the Tea Party’s America.
Meanwhile, this nurse who they insist should “just shut up” and stop being an “idiot” and a “crybaby” has been wiping up the blood and snot and piss and shit of dying people. Dying.
She has watched children die while we curse the Gods because 0.00000126984% of Americans have been infected with the Ebola virus which must mean that it is coming for us next. Lurking around the corner like some slavering beast refusing to recognize our exceptionalism no matter how many times we point it out.
This is narcissism on an epic scale and embarrassment at this is what causes us to pretend we are in some sort of danger when we know that we aren’t. How do I know we know we aren’t? Because no one is that stupid. Absolutely no one.
A woman (with no symptoms which means she’s not contagious even if she was infected no matter what Drudge, WorldNetDaily, Fox, Breitbart and the Daily Caller are telling you in between their adverts for Topless Machine Gun Thursdays at the local gun range) who treated Ebola victims travels to the state you live in. What does that mean for you? Absolutely nothing. How about if you are introduced to her and shake her hand. What then? Still nothing. What if you berate her soundly and then collect her tears to make ironic salty caramel treats which you later binge eat? Nope. Nada. You know it, I know it, everyone with a functioning brainstem knows it. No pity points for you. No moral high ground that lets you judge these good samaritans. Nothing.
As with so many hypocritical and horrible acts, many of the perpetrators claim Christianity as their faith. Well, I don’t recall the part about scorning the Good Samaritan for breaking the rules of the day to assist the man by the side of the road. Maybe the Lord just forgot that part of the parable. Maybe we are supposed to heap scorn and disdain on folks that help others. Maybe they are “idiots” and “crybabies“. Maybe they should “just shut up“. Maybe He wanted us to figure that out ourselves.
There is one thing you are right about. Someone in this needs to shut up. And it’s not the nurse.