Dear Prime Minister:
Age does not entitle me to abdicate responsibility. If anything, old age should have made me wise.
Age does not mean I require protection from decisions I may make. If I decide to see my son in spite of risk, and if I then contract a potentially fatal virus my illness and my possible death are entirely my fault. Age and wisdom should preclude that decision, just as it should inform my ability to say ‘No, stay away’.
You see, I’m at an age where I have to start contemplating my death from some cause or another, and I am not so attached to life as to to recklessly pursue immortality. It’s pointless.
Whatever we do, the COVID-19 virus continues to destroy lives, not through its own rather nasty symptoms, but by impoverishing society, isolating everybody and wrecking economies throughout the world; and because it is rarely fatal or even serious in the age group who work and operate those economies, ‘locking down’ to restrain the infection is needlessly harmful.
In case you hadn’t noticed, old people are a finite resource. The more of us pop off, the lighter the burden on society. Think of all the pension payments you’ll save!
I don’t want to be protected. I don’t want widespread bankruptcy, social unrest and a mental health pandemic to be my responsibility. If I get the bug, it’s my fault. I will accept the consequences.
This disease is a tunnel we all have to pass through. If the powers that be want to pursue a policy that will beat this infection, crowd immunity is obviously the way to go. It’s happening anyway, for God’s sake!
Free the economy. Let everybody get back to work, suffer a minor episode if necessary, and start the world turning again. Don’t waste time and lives in mawkish sentimentality over us. We don’t need it. We can protect ourselves, as long as we have the information we need (hotspots, and so on). If you are so addicted to passing laws that you feel you must do so to restrict us, then do it, but only do it to the elderly.
Let our young people live!