The entire COVID19 affair, the folks actively protesting wearing masks in public while supporting Donald Trump, and everyone signing off on their emails with the line Stay Safe, started me reflecting on the frightening resemblance to the movie franchise, The Purge. To the uninitiated, The Purge (Universal Pictures 2013) is about a future time where for 12 hours on one day a year, all crime, even murder, becomes legal. Thus you can imagine the carnage and fear wrecked upon society. Even more startling is that each movie in the franchise concludes with a countdown timer to the next purge.
Ostensibly this countdown timer is really to build suspense for the next sequel. James DeMonaco, the director, cleverly does this and also shows how collective humanity does not learn from its mistakes. A few characters are very uncomfortable with the entire affair and choose not to participate but most do with a blood lust. Of course the wealthy can afford to have their victims delivered to them on a silver platter without having to go on the hunt.
Well this is a cautionary tale of the direction that America is headed in. Except our purge is going to be COVID19 and it really gained a solid foothold because our elected officials, at best were apathetic and incompetent, and at worst, they saw this as a culling of the working class. Both Democrats and Republicans either failed to keep us safe as per their sworn duties, did not care, or welcomed the virus. I leave you to determine the actual cause. Regardless, COVID19 is purging the most vulnerable of people; more poor than wealthy.
And then particularly galling are the people telling me to wash my hands and stay safe. I know to wash my hands as I learned that much in kindergarten. By telling me to stay safe, you just issue me a tone deaf piece of advice meant to be nice but quite hollow. How about just wish me a nice day? Or just simply say thank you.