When American Delusion Masquerades as American Exceptionalism; And other fables we tell ourselves

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  • When we prioritize and participate in indoor dining, festivals and large events rather than implementing mitigation efforts to minimize the spread of Covid so we can keep kids in school safely.
  • When we continue to travel to places like Hawaii and Mexico because we want to. Because “we have been through so much this year” without taking into consideration how traveling to these places impacts the lives of the people who live there or how we can negatively impact our own community when we come back.
  • When we think that our experience and our livelihood is the only one that matters and that anything that inconveniences us, on an individual level, we can ignore the reality and severity of a situation because it does not fit into the image of the world that we, as Americans, have been promised.
  • “If I do not think about it I am immune to the consequences.” (For example, a president who thinks we would have fewer cases of Covid if we did less testing.)
  • No matter what, “I am entitled to do what I want to do, when I want to do it, no matter the harm it causes to others because I am an American.” (Visiting other countries and spreading a deadly disease because I want to go on vacation.)
  • “It won’t happen to me.”
  • “It won’t happen here.”
  • “I can’t think like that.”
  • “I don’t like thinking like that.”
  • “I can’t live my life in fear.”

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