The pandemic is a shared experience, but not necessarily a common experience. And that's not even counting the stark information divides. I finally watched a little news after some very disciplined divestment. Anderson Cooper's show last night was fairly grim but not distressing in that it was a discussion of why the models have changed in predictions of numbers dead so much. The scientist -- from Seattle, i think -- noted that they had expected that all the states would stay the course. I interpreted his tone and words to be that of someone blindsided by the "opening up," someone who has been less engaged with the news than myself, perhaps, who didn't see the culture wars pick this up as a battleground.
In one fast skim through the news to get the the NYTimes puzzles at the bottom of the page i did see a headline about the anti-vax folks getting involved in the protests. I am aware of moral foundation theory at least as a frame for understanding difference (insert some muttering about Meyers Briggs and astrology), and i recognize my lack of motivation or understanding in the purity/sanctity dimension. I suspect the anti-vax perspective has some undercurrents of the purity foundation. I can easily imagine developing an emotional horror and sense of violation at the thought of someone injecting one with -stuff-, however that stuff gets framed as poison or contagion or whatever.
It's so tempting to look at my Confederate flag waving, gun toting, "don't tax me", "don't regulate me", "who the hell are all these liberals moving into our county" neighbors dismissively. And, well, there's the piece for me that i can't afford to spend spoons on them this morning, really. Can they afford the energy to take on me?
But fie! The forces for divisiveness, manipulating and exploiting this pandemic.
Made it through the workday yesterday. Christine mowed paths in the orchard while i used the wheeled string trimmer to clear the mossy areas, trim around the blocks of crimson clover and Best Grass Ever (Dichanthelium laxiflorum) that is going to seed, and mowed the east and front lawns. There's a prediction for lows in the upper thirties at the end of this week, and i continue to wonder what to move out of the green house.