Just a thought – Wearing a mask can be a life and death matter – reducing anxiety and putting someone at ease is not a life and death matter – thus the needed difference in the language that the government must use so as to show the seriousness of the issue
Q for the group: While rights and freedoms are no doubt essential to a democratic society, some may argue that living within such a community (abiding by the Hobbesian social contract as it were) also entails certain responsibilities (i.e. mask-wearing during a pandemic). How does responsibility – personal, civic, or otherwise – fit into our discussion of freedoms, their exercise, and their limits?
When we speak of freedom, freedom is an abstract concept and needs to be defined. Sociologist would speak of operational definitions when doing research on abstract concepts in general. Secondly, we would need to specify the unit of analysis, whether we speak of the entire world, country, community, family, couple, or individual. Thirdly, each unit of analysis functions under socio-legal structures which vary according to the different units of analysis.
without these taken into account we may be speaking and arguing about freedom but actually find ourselves in a different unit of discourse.
Dr. McDowell’s last comment of thinking of “lives rather than “actions.” If we focus on enriching each other’s growth of “human capital” which I see in terms of developing “take-into-account-abilities” we could practice the golden rule and co-operative principles
Unfortunately, there is not much accommodation for that human right at the workplace.
What actions would an employee take if they have their rights violated at the workplace contradictory to local city bylaws? Specifically in regards to mask-wearing
For example, in most local mask mandates bylaws, it states that no employee or member of the public is required to proved proof of any mask exemption outlined.
If any government could provide sufficient evidence and consistency for unprecedented guidelines imposed, the majority of people would more than likely choose to wear a mask without much resistance. Humanity innately has the instinct for self-preservation.
When does Rule of law matter