Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle of the Fourth Circuit Court in Florida has writ her name in the infamy history books, hasn’t she? We have over a million #COVID19 dead. We have a new omicron variant stalking the unvaxxed of the land praying that it isn’t vaccine resistant. And, she strikes down the mask mandate for public transportation. Her name really will be emblazoned in the history of atrocity of our country right up there with slavery and Gitmo and family separation.
Of course all of the liberal social medias are full of vitriol because she is a Trump appointee, McConnell approved, ABA rated as unqualified, and her husband held a position in the Trump administration. I’m sure she has visions of the Supremes dancing in her thirty-three year-old head, but that’s for social media posts future.
The problem is that all sane people are facing the same problem we’ve been facing since February 2020: people not doing what they can to help contain and mitigate the pandemic. But, in many ways the problem has gotten far far worse. Now the anti-maskers feel emboldened and entitled. They don’t just let live and let live; they go out of their way to harass and harangue. And the problem with that is that it leads to moral injury, which we’ll discuss after looking at a clear example of the delivery of the said moral injury.
Typical Moral Injury Example
Just as an example, here’s the story of a fellow and his family flying on Alaska Airlines flight who was hounded by their fellow passengers, and the crew not only tolerated it, they encouraged it! I screenshotted this tweet because he deleted his first tweet on the subject. Alaska Airlines says it is “investigating.”
In that same thread came this tweet from another satisfied Alaska Airlines customer with a video recording of a pilot equating anti-masking with freedom and declaring the flight a free flight. It may be free of masks, but it ain’t free of no #COVID19.
Moral Injury is the harmful psychological, behavioral, social, and sometimes spiritual effects of perpetrating, experiencing, or witnessing behavior or events that violate a strongly held ethical code or belief. Moral injury can be the result of any number of types of events including events occurring during violent conflict, battles, and war, crimes being committed, and inadequately staffed and supported stressful worksettings. Think, massacres, being robbed or violated, medical staff working #COVID19 surges.
They can also be caused by being let down by those in positions of trust or authority over us, kinda like the fellow above was in when the flight crew of Alaska Airlines allegedly threw him and his family to ravening rabid rabbits they mistook for real live human passengers.
If the event involves mortal threat, then it is PTSD. When it is an injury to a person’s deeply held beliefs, then it is a moral injury. These injuries result in severe feelings of shame, guilt, and regret, which can lead to painful cognitive distortions such as I’m a worthless failure! and I get what I deserve! and all of the concomminent self-destructive maladaptive attempts of coping that usually accompany such beliefs.
Because ethics and personal ethical codes can evolve and change over time, moral injury can result well after an event has concluded. Imagine that you insisted that Sunday Christian services should be allowed to violate #COVID19 restrictions on the size of gatherings and the wearing of masks and finding out that you’ve caused over 130 infections and eleven deaths? That might could violate your moral code even if you only found out about the true extent of the disaster long after it happened. Or if you were a superspreading super international Chinese prostitute and you single-handedly caused a superspreading event in which100,000 people were infected with #COVID19 and over 2,000 died because you violated your quarantine and partied with boys who were paying the big bucks! Imagine that it was your insistence that you had Second Amendment rights to gun ownership, and your toddler shoots and kills themselves after grabbing your gun out of your purse. You might could just blame yourself and your dumbass insistence on your Second Amendment rights, right? I know it’s far fetched because gun nuts be nuts, but it might could happen to someone somewhere some time or other maybe. It could. It might.
We can think of all kinda fun and imaginative ways that we can inflict moral injury on ourselves and others. Please share yours in the comments. If you have any real moral injuries that you know about, and you don’t mind sharing them, I’d love to hear about them.
Moral Injury and #COVID19
Now, that the right good unqualified and downright fiendish Judge Mizelle — Really, shouldn’t she have declined the nomination knowing that she wasn’t qualified? Isn’t accepting the nomination knowing you’re unqualified a violation of the professional ethics of lawyers and judges? — has vacated the Biden administration’s decision to follow CDC recommendations and extend the mask mandate on interstate transportation, we are opening a whole lot of people up to the possibilities of devastating moral injuries due to surging #COVID19 infections.
Just the act of refusing to wear masks and remain unvaccinated can be injurious to medical professionals who are working overtime to save these dumbass’s lives while they curse them and demand ivermectin and IV bleach and light bulbs be shoved up their arses. Talk about feeling betrayed and let down by your community.
When the death threats come pouring in because you have the temerity of being a healthcare professional and following healthcare protocols during the middle of a pandemic or even at the last gasping reviving breath of one, you can feel like your fellow Americans don’t have your back, amirite?
Mental Health Resources
This post has links to mental health resources in the US, UK, Canada, India, and South Africa. Use them if you need ’em!
Moral injury can accompany #COVID19 in myriad ways. Survivor’s guilt, anyone? Anger at those fools catcalling children walking to school wearing masks? Empathetic fear from watching people being heckled and threatened during public hearings? This is a regular pu pu platter of a smorgasbord of a buffet of #COVID19-related moral injury that 2022 is offering up.
If MAGA Nation is being assailed by stress and agitation leading to mass psychosis and #COVID19 is being used as naturally occurring waves of terror to deepen and reify that mass psychosis, then the rest of us are being assaulted by moral injury as we watch the million plus needless deaths from the pandemic stagger past us in the daily news and be plunged into the braying herd of smug righteous freedumb fighters liberating us from our “mask dependency.”
Moral injury is occurring all over our society now. It’s everywhere from abortion to voting rights to racial equality to guns to the religious freedumb to force you to follow my religious beliefs to assaults on LGBTQ+ and trans citizens to immigration abuse to you name it. We have loosed the hell hounds of right-wing crazy on us every conspiracy-tinged paranoid fantasy of someone somewhere doing something they ought notta is now not only being indulged but they’re trying to legislate it.
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