Sooo, we couldn’t take our planned holiday this Summer, but I am happy that I’m getting a vacation – a nice chance to relax, get some exercise, play a little music, and enjoy some delicious cocktails and sea food. I’ve been on a FB hiatus for July, you know, because FB is a force for evil and not good, and today I decided to take a break from Twitter as well. I subscribe to some great publications, from the Atlantic to the Washington Post, so I’ll stick to them for a week or so and have a brief respite from the firehose of doom and authoritarianism of which I’ve seen altogether too much of late.
Meanwhile had a very nice and flat, breezy of rather hot run today…
And a lovely cosmopolitan…
And recorded a song…
Here’s the music setup:
Folks here along the Delaware/Maryland seashore are well distanced, wearing masks inside every place I’ve been, and just generally doing their thing.
All in all, not a bad way to spend some time – I’m quite thankful to have a place to go and a job to which I can return.
The minute we make any decision—I think COVID-19 is serious; no, I’m sure it is a hoax—we begin to justify the wisdom of our choice and find reasons to dismiss the alternative.
Dissonance theory also teaches us why changing your brother-in-law’s political opinions is so hard, if not impossible—especially if he has thrown time, money, effort, and his vote at them. (He can’t change yours either, can he?) But if you want to try, don’t say the equivalent of “What are you thinking by not wearing a mask?” That message implies “How could you be so stupid?” and will immediately create dissonance (I’m smart versus You say I’m doing something stupid), making him almost certainly respond with defensiveness and a hardening of the belief (I was thinking how smart I am, that’s what, and masks are useless anyway). However, your brother-in-law may be more amenable to messages from others who share his party loyalty but who have changed their mind, such as the growing number of prominent Republicans now wearing masks. Senator Lamar Alexander from Tennessee said, “Unfortunately, this simple, lifesaving practice has become part of a political debate that says: If you’re for Trump, you don’t wear a mask; if you’re against Trump, you do… The stakes are much too high for that.”
Had a nice ride down Beach Drive to Ross Drive and Broad branch, past the old house on Connecticut Avenue then back home via Bethesda.
Lots of folks walking or biking with masks but plenty of bikers and runners were unmasked including me. (I do of course carry a mask at all times, and rigorously stay at least 6-10 feet or more from everyone.) I wonder how this paragraph would have read a year ago, or how it will resonate in a year or ten.
Put the bike rack on the Forester today to get ready for the beach. Still need to take a test run.
Here’s an article I want to remember, sort of a “how did we get here” piece about Trumpism.