I find it interesting that here the conversation is about practical questions. If one kind of mask better than another, how to clean them, how to wear them, when is it desirable or important to be masked.
Across the pacific it’s all about how much a mask infringes on your personal freedom. “I will not be muzzled like a mad dog!” said one speaker who had no use for introspection.
Similarly isolation is mere politics; “I’m not going to stay inside my house. They’re not going to tell me what to do,”
The virus has mutated there to care deeply about individual rights. It also affects you differently depending on whether your tribe is red or blue.
There are no facts only beliefs.
In a hundred years, with the benefit of some distance and time for reflection, the spiritual successor of Edward Gibbon will write The History Of The Decline And Fall Of The American Empire. She will remark that the election of Donald John Trump was not the cause of the fall only a sign that it was imminent - the balance of the national temperament summarised in one statistic.