Have we forgotten how to differentiate?

Do human rights go so far
To put human lives at risk
Just because it is a matter of self-interest?

When individuals do not submit
To the welfare of all in peaceful coexistence
Not to see personal views represented
Does it then violate human rights?

It violates them only then,
If one’s own view becomes irresponsible
Towards other people
Knowingly or unknowingly
By their decisions
Putting the life and limb of others at risk

In the past, it was the smoker
Who forced his smoke on his fellow human beings
Today it is the mask refuser
Who see their freedom restricted
To decide for themselves

They do not see themselves as a risk
To infect others with Corona
As long as they are not infected themselves
They see only themselves
Not the other…

They say: it is then my death
Not the death of others
Not admitting that there is a risk
Bringing death to others
Without mask protection, without social distancing

They insist on their opinion
Whether with or without a mask
With or without distance
The result is the same for them
In doing so they are subject to a terrible error

They are people who think more of themselves
Rather than on the welfare of others
So-called rebels, lateral thinkers
Who hide behind their own ego

If I knew the mask only protected one percent
Then I know that I can protect at least one person out of 100…

Even that is better than
Exposing oneself and others
To a deadly uncontrolled danger
Without doing anything against it

So is my personal opinion
Not to consider it necessary
To wear a mask, to keep a distance
More important than the possible danger
To infect others (let alone oneself)?

DidiArtist, 02.12.2021