America in 2020. People using forged (and mis-spelled) cards from a fictitious organisation to misrepresent legislation intended to protect disabled people so they can avoid showing a basic amount of courtesy to help protect others during a pandemic.

Not only is this bullshit ableist as hell, it would literally be easier just for these people to put a damn mask on their faces.

If you're in the US and someone hands you one of these, cut it in two and throw it in the trash.

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The effort that some are willing go to so they can avoid making an effort is astonishing and paradoxical. Seriously, what is wrong with these people?

@InvaderXan It's the same kind of people who are walking around with semi-automatic rifles because *they're American* (in mastodon's lack of italics), too. I can't imagine being so terrified of daily life that you need to carry around a weapon capable of mowing down a crowd of people, and at the same time being so afraid of wearing a mask.

This country needs a reckoning.

@devnull "America" by itself is widely accepted and used as a short hand way of referring to the United States of America. @InvaderXan

@InvaderXan A collection of learned behaviors I've taken to thinking of as "toxic individuality."

@LexYeen An interesting name for it. Apt too. These people really do put themselves before anyone or anything else.

@InvaderXan @LexYeen including their own *future* selves -- you won't see many of them demand their hairdresser wear a mask

@InvaderXan "How dare you ask me to consider other people!" is a shockingly common American attitude, and I personally think it can trace its origins back to the myth of American exceptionalism.

When you're told stories from birth about how you're growing up in the Greatest Country Ever and you can Do Anything You Want, Even Be President If You're Good Enough, there's a whole bunch of very gnarly ideological failure states.

And we're seeing them all come out to play during this pandemic.

@LexYeen Ugh. Yeah. All part of the "fuck you, I've got mine" attitude. It's prevalent in the US, but pretty common among rightwing types elsewhere too, especially in Europe.

Honestly, the difference between the individualist culture in western countries and the collectivist cultures you find elsewhere is one of the reasons why I love East Asia so much.

@InvaderXan @LexYeen Trust me, they very much have their own problems. Given your heritage, I'm sure you're aware.

@fox_news Yes I am. Not quite sure why you felt the need to tell me this.

@InvaderXan Because I'm always leery of unreflected-on attempts to put anything on a pedestal.

@fox_news Nice of you to make these assumptions about my opinions. Goodbye now.

@InvaderXan @LexYeen It's a culture reinforced by everyone's lived experience being in the US.

We have no safety net
No healthcare
No real worker protections (because even if your boss violates it you cannot afford to sue them)

It is the perfect breeding ground for "if no one cares about me, why should I care about anyone else?"

@LexYeen @InvaderXan "Toxic individuality" is a really good way to put it! I was just discussing this exact individual/collective thinking difference with a friend; we were both wondering how much Confucian teachings have influenced this thinking. And that definitions of family also differ across cultures - USian seems to be nuclear, while other cultures (incl Native American) take a wider view.

@bouncinglime @LexYeen Oh, interesting. Yes, I do wonder what cultural influences caused these things. Western culture has aggressively taken over the world, but it's so different to many other cultures.

I don't know so much about definitions of family across different cultures, but I'd imagine the variation must be considerable!

@InvaderXan @LexYeen "What do you mean I should consider the health and well-being of others? I never had to do that before! Why should I care? If someone is at a higher risk, they should wear the masks. I won't."

Mashup of stuff I've heard. I get not wanting to be told what to do, but seriously - draw a line where it can literally mean grievous bodily harm or even death for someone else because you dislike a minor inconvenience... Just try not being a garbage human being or something 😕

@InvaderXan *sarcastic voice* But Xan, don’t you know masks can *kill* people? It’s so hard to breath in those!

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