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Psychological impact of masking our humanity

We’ve been warned to “mask up” to prevent the spread of C*vid.

We’ve been chastised at stores for not wearing masks and for potentially putting other people at risk.

We’ve been told over and over again since the beginning of 2020 that masks are essential for stopping the spread of C*vid, the novel c*ronavirus.

But, is it the truth?

Maybe.

Maybe not.

In recent news articles, it has been reported that masking has practically obliterated the flu.

No more flu. It’s a miracle!

The New York Times reports, “There have been fewer influenza cases in the United States this flu season than in any on record. About 2,000 cases have been recorded since late September, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In recent years, the average number of cases over the same period was about 206,000. As measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus were implemented around the country in March 2020, influenza quickly disappeared, and it still has not returned. The latest flu season, which normally would have run until next month, essentially never happened.”[1]

The studies have suggested that flu season “never happened.”  

Yet C*vid continued to spread like wildfire around the planet during the same period of time.

Wait a minute! Aren’t these both respiratory diseases that are spread the same way?

Here’s the science:

Influenza is a viral infection that attacks your respiratory system — your nose, throat and lungs.”[2]

And, according to the CDC,Most experts think that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.”[3]

As fate would have it, according to the CDC, “COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, a new coronavirus discovered in 2019. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.”[4]

Isn’t that fascinating? Both flu and C*vid, according to science, are spread the same exact way.

Here’s a question that requires you to put on your critical thinking cap.

If the masks (plus hand washing and social distancing) helped obliterate the flu and make it disappear for the first time ever, why didn’t it stop the spread of C*vid, too?

I’m going to suggest that masking the population wasn’t meant to.

It was recommended (enforced on us) for other reasons.

Let me paint a clearer picture.

Before C*vid, if you were to walk into a bank or store wearing a mask, security would be alerted because you were up to some shady criminal behavior, and you would be arrested.

But, now it’s the exact opposite.

If you are NOT wearing a mask you can be thrown out of an airport, removed from a bank or store, and if it were still legally allowed, flogged in the town square.

Let’s take a look at the history of masks and why and when they were worn by people.

In the 18th Century, on the islands of Martinique and Saint Dominigue, it was common practice French plantation owners to force slaves to wear tin masks to prevent them from eating sugar or drinking rum.[5]

“When persons being held as slaves were accused by their masters of insubordination, or of eating more than their allotment of food, they might expect to be fitted with an iron muzzle.”[6]

In the Southern United States, we used something similar called an “iron bit” as a gag and form of punishment for the slaves.[7]

If you want to be shocked, look up images of iron muzzles and iron bits. Yep, we did that to other human beings. I think it’s horrifying.

Let’s keep going, shall we?

When I was out and about experimenting in the world in my mid-twenties a friend had suggested that we check out an S&M club in Manhattan.

“Just for fun,” she said.

For those of you that don’t know what S&M stands for, it means Sadomasochism.

According to the medical dictionary, Sadomasochism is, “A form of perversion marked by the enjoyment of cruelty and humiliation in its received or active and/or dispensed and passive forms. Deriving pleasure from inflicting or submitting to physical or mental pain and suffering.”[8]

Needless to say, I only went one time to the S&M nightclub. That was more than enough – it wasn’t my idea of a “fun” time. I understand that some people derive pleasure from that sort of thing, and that is their choice. But, it’s definitely not for me.

I saw things that I could never unsee.

Locked inside cages around the club, were partially naked men and women wearing face masks and other types of mouth coverings, who were being whipped, slashed, smacked, and abused.

From what I witnessed, the people wearing the masks and gags were mostly on the receiving end of the humiliation (masochists).

Interestingly, some of those S&M masks looked very much like iron slave bits. Did you google those horrific images yet?

According to Psychology today, For the masochist, taking on a role of subjugation and helplessness can offer a release from stress or the burden of responsibility or guilt. It can also evoke infantile feelings of vulnerability and dependency.”[9]

Personally, I think this is a major part of the mass masking of the human population. It keeps people feeling obedient, helpless, vulnerable, and dependent.

There are also “masks” (veils) worn in specific religions and cultures around the world. My thoughts are that this is meant to keep the women that wear them subservient and obedient as well.

And, of course in America we had the infamous KKK, that would inflict pain, torture, and death on other humans while wearing masks to conceal their identity.

Covering/hiding the face and mouth could be done for many reasons. And, I believe most of those reasons are not beneficial to human health, connection to each other, and our overall health and well-being.

There are times when masks should be worn, I cover that here: Masks are not mandatory

According to science, kids are probably going to suffer from the long-term detrimental effects of this mass masking of the population.

Board-certified clinical psychologist, Dr. Aaron Weiner, PhD, states, “The psychological aspect of masks we need to be most worried about for children is that they internalize the idea that the world outside, and the people living in it, are inherently dangerous. This perspective can lead to long-lasting anxiety disorders, and difficulty with their ability to function socially after guidelines are relaxed.”[10]

Many of the masked adults are suffering from these negative effects, too.

I posted a photo on my social media feed of a group of women enjoying ourselves, mask-less, at a rejuvenating and healing five-day retreat. There was a wide variety of women of all ages (20’s through 70’s), nationalities, religions, and color, in attendance. We were 35 women in total.

 

One person wrote on my FB feed:

We can all be together without masks because we were not afraid of each other. We did not let ourselves be controlled or manipulated by the fear-based narrative that is circumventing the entire world.

Someone else posted:

Maybe, it’s ignorance, but I don’t see that.

A wise teacher once said, “We see the world as we are.”

When I look at that photo, I see brave, strong, healthy, happy, connected, curious, caring, compassionate, wise, independent, and free women peacefully experiencing their humanity and creating a loving and supportive community.

The psychological impact of all of our choices, no matter what they are, will spread and have a ripple effect around the world.

What do you see when you look at the maskless faces in that photo?

 

[1] https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/04/22/science/flu-season-coronavirus-pandemic.html

[2] https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/flu/symptoms-causes/syc-20351719

[3] https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/spread.htm

[4] https://www.cdc.gov/dotw/covid-19/index.html

[5] http://leahmariebrownhistoricals.blogspot.com/2012/08/18th-century-sugar-cane-plantations.html

[6] https://www.fold3.com/page/1328/slave-trade/stories

[7] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slave_iron_bit

[8] https://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/sadomasochists

[9] https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/hide-and-seek/201408/the-psychology-sadomasochism

[10] https://celebrityparentsmag.com/kids-health/children-wearing-face-masks-experience-psychological-effects-according-to-experts/