I was thinking about who would most be against mandatory social distancing. Human rights and social liberties advocates. I don’t think we’ll be hearing much from them for the next few months. Don’t get me wrong. I love my social freedoms and liberties. Freedom and liberties are something we value in the free world.
The idea of mandatory social distancing would seem to go against the ideals of civil liberties. One’s personal liberties is something we ought not to abuse.
Is there a limit to our freedoms? I would certainly think so.
Is it a human right to walk around and do anything we want in any or every situation? I doubt it.
Freedom is a concept but only a concept when we consider life and death. To refute the call to social distancing potentially puts many lives at risk by increasing the likelihood of spreading the virus.
If I put my personal freedom ahead of the life of my aging parents or grandparents with weaker immune systems (or yours for that matter) would I then be abusing my personal freedom? You’d likely say, “Yes”, especially if it were your own grandparents who contracted COVID-19.
This past week during spring break, thousands of young people lined the beaches in Florida. Later, they were all turned away and told to go home. Beaches closed.
To me, what these young people did was a flagrant abuse of personal freedoms. There’s a serious potential of endangering the lives of many people. Apologies if you were one of these people but I’ve got to say it. Some got around the beach closures by having house parties indoors–away from public eyes–thus, refuting the call for social isolation. Sure you have the freedom to do this, but you could unknowingly pass on the virus to each other and then bring it home to your parents, grandparents or other friends and family members.
If everyone chose to abuse our freedoms and liberties, we would certain become like Italy and surpass their numbers of death. That would be scary.
So is there a limit to personal freedoms? You bet.
Love for our neighbors is what we need to gauge ourselves by. We need to care for one another by considering the safety of others over our own desires or inconveniences. Love and genuine care and concern for others ought to trump our personal freedoms.