Are the vigilantes coming out in this COVID-19 virus crisis driving you crazy? They are me. While some people are rising to the top in their creativity and helpfulness during these trying times, others are looking for ways to judge and incriminate others. I call them virus vigilantes.
If we should practice one positive thing out of this mess, it should be to refrain from being judgemental. Every family situation is different, often requiring a variation in coping mechanisms. Not to mention the social distancing rules are very ambiguous and often open to interpretation.
Some ridiculous examples I have heard of virus vigilantes calling by-law officers to impose fines:
- a father kicking a soccer ball around with his young son on a soccer field
- a woman not able to celebrate her birthday whose friends and family drove down her street waving and singing happy birthday, from their cars while she stood in her doorway
- a 14-year-old boy, shooting hoops by himself. Yes he was at the edge of a park, but well away from any play structure or other people
- walking a dog across an empty soccer field or park
These virus vigilantes are getting way out of control. As are the by-law officers that have tapped into their overbearing and controlling personalities. Are we going to resort to beating people soon if they don’t comply with the murky social distancing rules? In a democratic society, policing people into complying with senseless rules is not effective.
While blatant disregard for public safety is not recommended or condoned, judgemental squealers and snitch lines are over the top, sometimes unconstitutional.
Find something better and more creative to do people…for the sake of your mental health and mine.