“You Wear a Mask For So Long, You Forget Who You Were Beneath It. “ – Alan Moore

Wandering through the streets of US cities over my recent cross-country trip, there is nothing I found more puzzling than people posing for pictures while wearing a mask. The purpose of taking a picture, historically, was to commemorate you being present in the moment that you wanted to remember. If your face is covered, you are missing from the moment. Years, or even days, later, you can’t tell how you felt about the moment. If your face is not in the picture, why not just download an image from the internet? I wonder, but many people do not – and they do not have the foresight to understand how ridiculous that picture will look years from now.

Believing in the effectiveness of masks today is a matter of faith rather than science, read the science here. Covid 19 is a very new disease, and it will take years to study. Diseases and viruses are complicated, and they take decades to fully understand. For months on end, “the experts” told us “the science is settled” on Covid – only to admit a short time later that they got it completely wrong, yet again. Masks are no different in that respect – “the experts” just don’t know. But they will never admit it because masks became too valuable of a method of thought police and dividing Americans against each other, which is this government’s main goal.

If you formed your opinion about masks one way or the other, likely based only on the studies that confirm what you believed from the jump, there is very little anybody can say to change your view.  So, I will not waste my time relitigating the efficacy of masks.  That is not the purpose of this essay.  My purpose is to bring to your attention that masks turned human beings into faceless, emotionless puppets incapable of rational thought, and, no matter how effective (or not) they are in protecting you from Covid, you are much better off without them.

Covid 19 burst into our lives at the beginning of 2020 like a wildfire.  No rational human being likes to surrender control over their life to an unknown virus – or any natural disaster, for that matter.  We like to be in control of things that affect us, and suddenly a force appeared that could seemingly kill us in a matter of days.  This is a scary thought.  Once masks appeared on the scene, they immediately seemed like an effective way of protection.  Providing a visible barrier to the virus seemed like a commonsense way of exercising control over the virus.  Everybody could understand how masks worked – by providing a visible barrier.   Later, it became clear that what seemed to be common sense did not work as simply as many people believed.

No matter – by that point wearing a mask turned from a method of personal protection to an exercise in groupthink. Masks became a way to present yourself to your fellow humans as a model citizen. Wearing a “My existence saves lives” t-shirt may be viewed as eccentric, but wearing a mask is not, and it achieves the same effect. In some parts of California, people would rather appear in public with an uncovered rear end than an uncovered face. Even posting your bare face on social media at the time of the pandemic became an exercise in bad taste. “Why are you not modeling good behavior?” – many would ask. “Don’t you want to encourage other people to behave responsibly?” People residing on Twitter fully embrace the delusion that everyone in America takes their behavior clues from Twitter. The Twitter mob does not realize that following the latest Twitter trend is only fashionable among insecure teenage girls.

A friend once asked me: “If there was definite proof that masks worked, would you agree to wear one?” I said “yes” instinctively, but I immediately caught myself thinking it wasn’t true. Even if there was conclusive evidence that masks curbed the spread of Covid, they still cause too much mental and societal harm to warrant their mass use.

Our face is an essential part of what makes us human. A smile, a smirk, a frown, a facial expression speaks volumes. Many times, for better or for worse, we make a judgment about a person just by looking at their face. We can tell if a person is a friend or a foe. We can tell if what a person is saying is true by a facial expression. There is an art to hiding your true self behind a proverbial mask – and it is much easier if everybody wears a physical one.

A Large part of human communication is nonverbal.  We forget how much of the conversation we can’t hear but can easily make out by reading someone’s lips.  Yes, it’s not just hearing-impaired people – everybody does it!  You realize it only after having a conversation with a masked person – a store clerk, for example – when you are forced to ask them to repeat their statement five times.  When you can’t see a person’s face, half of the conversation gets lost.  Not only you can’t hear the actual words, but you also lose the meaning.  The person just said something you found strange.  Was he serious?  Was he sarcastic?  Was that in jest?  Was there a wink and a nod?  You can’t tell what is hiding behind the mask.

The effects of masks on children are even more detrimental.  Wearing a mask for hours is physically harmful to a young child who is sweating, spitting, and likely licking a mask, effectively breathing in the same stale air for 7 hours a day.  These parents’ experiences are terrifying.

The importance of faces to babies is what they call “settled science.”  For older children, learning to read a human face is a matter of protection.  Is a person friendly?  Is he threatening?  Is he suspicious of you?  When your mom came home, you could tell by reading her face if she had a good day or a bad day and if you could expect a steak or a TV dinner.   Now, parents are encouraged to wear a mask at home, and many dutifully oblige.  Wearing a mask around children is like teaching them how to read without giving them alphabet blocks.  And speaking of reading, teaching little humans to read and speak properly while both a teacher and a student are wearing a mask is almost a futile task, as many teachers have attested.

Being a teacher is not only an act of providing education – but it is also an act of standing up for the well-being of a child. Most teachers today have abandoned that standard and simply go along to get along, without any consideration of their duty to protect children’s emotional and physical safety. Here is a teacher engaging in the exercise of what can be considered child abuse.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, I had many conversations with my California friends who fully embrace masks.  First, it was mostly about the efficacy of masks, and the reasonableness of the mandates.  Then, most of them thought I was making a big deal out of nothing.  “Just wear a mask – what’s the big deal?”  Well, the big deal is what I said above.  I hope everybody got it.  But lately, I noticed even a more disturbing trend.  “It doesn’t matter if the masks work for Covid” – they say.  “We should wear them anyway.  We had no flu last year because of masks!  And masks protect us from dirty air.  Masks are a good idea!”

That’s when I knew I needed to get out of California. Without realizing it, my California friends became victims of Stockholm syndrome. Forgetting that the government forced them to wear masks against their will, they convinced themselves that masks are good for them, getting fully on board with the agenda of their tormentors. That is how our generation surrendered a part of their humanity to political hacks, destined to be forever written into history books as the faceless and gutless generation.

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Written by Tatyana Larina

Tatyana Larina comes from my favorite work of poetry.  And that's the only time you'll see me quoting Wikipedia as a source.

I came to the US in 1991, lived in San Francisco for 5 years, and I have a Computer Science degree.  I worked in software industry for several years, later switching to a career of a full time mom, and I never looked back.

In my younger days, I wasn’t a conservative. That is not to say that I was ever a liberal – I was not anything at all. I had no idea that there were such concepts as “conservative” and “liberal”. I did not pay attention to politics at all, and the most political knowledge you would get out of me would be who the US President was, and even for that you had to catch me on the right day.
My first introduction to politics was during the second Israeli intifada in 2002. Unspeakable violence erupted in Israel. Every day dozens of people were killed. Even though I didn’t follow politics, that deeply affected me. I felt sad, frustrated, and powerless. And one night, I happened to stumble on an MSNBC program called “Alan Keyes is making sense.” He was talking passionately about Israel and the violence, and he addressed my feelings very well.  Since that evening, I turned on Alan Keyes every night, and by his commentary he was able to take away some of the frustration and anger that I had. It was like a nightly therapy session.
Feeling intrigued after watching Alan Keyes, I wondered what else MSNBC had in store. I switched through the channels, and low and behold, I found Scarborough Country. Right off, Joe Scarborough wasn’t what he is today at all. He was a solid conservative (as I now understand), making common sense conservative points. I found him interesting and engaging. Opposing liberalism had not entered my mind at that time. I still didn’t know anything about liberalism. It was just the things he said sounded very common sense and worthwhile to me. Imagine that at some point, MSNBC had a conservative host on the air. Crazy times, ha?
Exploring my new political universe, I switched through more channels, and one night I found FOX. O’Reilly Factor was on. From the very first night, I was hooked. I abandoned Scarborough. O’Reilly was not just common sense – he was aggressive, and he was a fighter. He was Scarborough on steroids. He wasn’t just talking – he was taking on what he thought to be wrong and unjust. Ever since the first time, and until untimely end of Bill’s FOX career, I don’t think I ever missed one Factor.
For forming my political views, and my ability to formulate them, I have to give special credit to three people: Charles Krauthammer, Bill O’Reilly, and Greg Guttfeld.  To Charles - philosophy.  To Bill - realistic and pragmatic approach to politics.  To Greg - realization that a good joke will change more minds than a long lecture.
And for everything else, thanks to my family.

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  1. The Science has been very clear from the start- mask mandates were about control and not about health.
    The psychology in play here is effective psychological warfare.
    History will eventually record that the mask mandate capitulation by free people was the start of erasing liberty.
    Those who receded into fibers and anonymity lost the motivation to be sovereign. Hence – effective psych op.

  2. The psychological damage and mental health as rocketed. In the world it seems we have forgot how to be social creatures Being conditioned and gaslighted by are governments. I want to see the masks taken away lets get back to OLD TIMES!

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