The other day I headed out on my bi-weekly trip to the store. I’m continually surprised at the lack of attention people are paying to the current situation.
Or, at least, the lack of attention certain people are paying to the current situation.
There are still groups of people turning store visits into family outings.
There are others still not wearing masks, despite the federal government saying everyone should.
And there are others who are not abiding by the six-foot rule.
But the thing that struck me wasn’t the grocery list of mistakes people were making. It was the people making them.
Sure, there were younger people without masks, or a mom and her kid in the shopping cart. But by and large, the demographic tossing caution and care to the wind was the one most at risk.
According to the CDC, 97% of those who have died from COVID-19 are ages 45 and older. 91% of the deaths are ages 55 and older. Despite this, only 45 percent of baby boomers said they were afraid of getting the virus, while 63 percent of the younger generations (millennials and Gen Z) said they were afraid.
If the older generation wants to take their lives in their hands, that’s their prerogative, but there is a major, major flaw in this logic:
The rest of the world is shut down trying to protect people who don’t care or aren’t taking it seriously.
There comes a time and a place where the younger generation must step up and become the adult in the room.
This is that time.
To the baby boomers not taking this seriously, the world economy has crashed to a halt to save people like you.
Tens of millions of people are out of a job, and that number will only climb, to save people like you.
People’s lives will forever be changed, and others will even take their own lives because of the financial ruin, to save people like you.
Generations will be left fronting the bill of this economic crash, all to save people like you.
And yet people like you, who have not been impacted, who still have full Social Security and retirement benefits, are crawling out of the woodworks, hands outstretched, asking for your handouts.
This money is for the people around the country who have lost their jobs, lost their homes, lost their income, to save people like you.
And you can’t even wear a goddamn mask.
When you were the adult and your child asked for their allowance, did you give it to them when they didn’t take out the trash or perform their chores?
Is it because you wanted to teach them responsibility? Because you wanted them to grow up?
Well, the same is true here.
The world is doing everything it can to protect you, and you’re not taking it seriously.
The world needs you to grow up.
Your kids and grandkids need you to grow up.
Yes, members of the younger generation can be infected. They can become sick. A few will die.
The thing is, even though they make up 3% of the deaths, these generations are taking it far more seriously. Their entire financial future depends on it. Your financial future has already been set, with a Social Security that won’t be around for the generations paying for your mistakes, and with retirement payments that are sure nice, because many members of future generations won’t be able to retire.
So please, if you’re not going to take it seriously for yourself, at least take it seriously for them. Follow the rules, wear a mask to prevent the spread, and for the love of God, don’t reuse the same gloves over and over.
For what the rest of the world is doing for you, it’s not much to ask for you to take things seriously and to grow up.