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Can humans be programmed?

I recently received a thought-provoking question from a woman that said, “I’m curious to know why you would bother not wearing a mask in CVS knowing it would likely draw other peoples’ ire? I’m trying to understand as it seems like the harder road to take?” Jennifer

That’s a GREAT question! Yes, I guess it is “the harder road to take.” And, I believe it’s the necessary road for me.

She was referring to my experience about being confronted for not wearing a mask at the local convenience store in this article There’s a New Virus Brewing Amongst Humans.

As I explained in my article, there was no signage anywhere on the entrance to the store or inside the store, about wearing a mask to get service. So, I simply went in without one.

I don’t wear a mask when I’m out and about in New York City. I cover the science behind why I don’t wear a mask in this article here: Use Common Sense, Masks are not Mandatory yet.

I consider myself to be a free thinker.

My mind is not easily programmed by all of the information that is being spun by the media (mainstream and social) about this c*ronavirus pandemic. I stopped watching and listening to the news many years ago when I was studying media in college. It has served me (and my health) well.

I question everything and do not follow information blindly.

Especially, if it doesn’t make any sense.

Here’s an interesting example.

I attended a birthday party for a dear friend that was being held at a NYC restaurant, in one of the newly erected outdoor seating areas.

There were fourteen people in attendance.

But, we were NOT allowed to sit at the same table.

According to the C*vid-19 dining rules, humans are not allowed to gather in large groups. So, ten people would be seated at one table and four people would be a couple of feet away at a separate table.

My husband, nephew, and I arrived at the outdoor restaurant. Nine of the attendees were already seated, dutifully wearing their masks, and having conversations.

When we walked over to join the party, a few of the guests looked up wide-eyed.

We were not wearing masks.

We opted to sit at the segregated table and participate in the festivities from a short, safe, distance away.

Everyone greeted each other and there was no animosity from the majority to us, the minority.

The attendees at the larger table conversed with their masks on. We chimed in when we could hear the conversation. It was a celebration and everyone was in a good mood.

The woman seated nearest to me leaned over and said, “Oh my God. It’s so good to be here. This is my first time out with friends in over a year. I’m very excited that I can finally get my life back. I just got my second shot a few days ago, and now I can travel again. I’m so looking forward to that!”

I told her I was happy that she was getting some freedom and said, “That must’ve been awful staying inside for an entire year. Why did you do that?”

She shrugged and said, “Well… you know… Covid… you know…”

No, actually, I didn’t know.

After my bout with the virus in April 2020, I went back to living my life. I took daily walks in Central Park, traveled to Montana, Texas, and North Carolina. Plus, I spent almost every weekend with friends and family playing board games, eating meals, celebrating birthdays, and gathering for a death/memorial service.

But, I did know exactly what she was referring to; the fear of the virus perpetuated by the mainstream media and social networks that paralyzed her and millions of other people from living their lives.

The waiter arrived and took everyone’s brunch order.

The folks at the larger table kept their masks on.

And we, the minority, remained maskless.

Then… the most interesting thing happened.

The first round of brunch cocktails and coffee was set down at the table and the masked folks pulled their masks down below their chins and began drinking their beverages.

They continued talking and enjoying each other while sitting maskless.

And, then the entrees came.

The conversations and laughter continued.

And, then dessert arrived.

We all sang “Happy Birthday” to our much-beloved friend.

The ice-cream cake was cut up and dished out to all of the attendees.

We continued conversing, maskless.

After the last plate was taken away from the table by the waiter, the majority of the masks were pulled up off the chin and put back on over the nose and mouth.

I thought to myself…

“At what point during the meal did the deadly virus magically disappear and then reappear? Did the virus find the food unappealing?”

The human behavior we witnessed didn’t make any sense. It was illogical.

They were following the c*oronavirus programming, without questioning it, like an automaton or a computer program.

Humans are not entirely different from computers. We can be programmed by whatever enters our system through our senses. The sounds we allow into our ears, what we visually see with our eyes, and the information we are exposed to on a daily basis.

The various newsfeeds for example.

The big difference is that we, humans, are biological organisms that can think for ourselves. We have the power of conscious thought, for better or for worse.

Interestingly, both computers and humans can get hacked by viruses.

According to Norton Internet security, “a computer virus is a type of malicious code or program written to alter the way a computer operates and is designed to spread from one computer to another. In the process, a virus has the potential to cause unexpected or damaging effects, such as harming the system software by corrupting or destroying data.”[1]

Like the gal sitting closest to me at the masked table, I was happy to be celebrating with friends.

I hope that my friends’ personal data (as well as my own) does not get destroyed or corrupted as the “virus” continues infiltrating our human operating systems.

[1] https://us.norton.com/internetsecurity-malware-what-is-a-computer-virus.html