Looking at Stupidity

What will we do in a crowd
When the noise becomes loud
A mask for safety allowed
Wrapped in a comforting shroud
As through the throng we ploughed
Coronavirus remains uncowed

Save us Lord from stupidity

Afraid of disease we remain
The only course for the sane
From close quarters abstain
Though wearing a mask is a pain
Its the cost of health to maintain
And disease prevention attain
Don’t whine and complain
Stay safe use your brain

Save us Lord from stupidity

Government and businesses close
Wear masks to cover mouth and nose
To flatten the curve they propose
Still some the order oppose
The old and frail they expose
Flippant they thumb their nose

Save us Lord from stupidity

The above is a poetry form called The Bop. It consists of 3 stanzas with a single line refrain after each stanza. All stanzas are written as monorhymes. The first stanza is 6 lines long and presents a problem. The second stanza is 8 lines long and expands on the problem. The third stanza is 6 lines long and documents the solution or failed attempt to resolve the problem.

My state is now “open” for business. Our cases had been declined but now a spike in new cases is occurring. I attribute this to the small but fierce group that refuse to keep their distance and will not “out of principle” wear a mask. These are the same group that refuse to wear seatbelts, adamantly refuse to wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle, and when I was working as a compliance officer had 101 excuses not to wear safety equipment. They were always the first to assure me that nothing would happen to them. Ususally just before I had to record an OSHA reportable incident… Of course this stupidity in the time of COVID-19 doesn’t just put them at risk. I’m not sure how long we will remain distanced but I suspect that I may not feel like mingling at a dine in restaurant for awhile longer. The church has been holding services since June 6th but restricting the number of persons permitted in the church at any one time. That prohibition will continue through August, as will the live streaming of the Mass. Our Pastor has been adamant that you MUST wear a mask. He maintains that the Bishop has mandated wearing masks and we WILL BE OBEDIENT! I was pretty sure there would be 100% compliance. However there were several people who gained entrance wearing masks and then promptly took them off. I was hoping the ushers would gently remind them that the masks were not optional as in “this is not Wal-Mart!” In the face of that occurance I’m going to attend via live streaming. I’ve even sewn some additional masks so that we can be sure to always have a clean mask handy…

87 thoughts on “Looking at Stupidity

  1. I’m a big nope on social engagements. I still haven’t physically shopped in a grocery store. I’ve been to the fabric store, though. Priorities.
    My parents are eager to go out to brunch with us. That’s a nope.
    Good job on the poem. Interesting form. Well executed.

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    1. We have visited family – keeping some physical distance. Sparky’s parents are not permitted (by the nurses in the family) to go shopping or out to eat or even to go to church. Basically they are under house arrest. Sparky was recalled to work. So our routine now includes taking temps and I have more clothes to wash…

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  2. We are wearing masks in our city but it is business as usual for medical and dental appointments. Temperatures are taken and so far, all is well for both of us. Granddaughter is looking so healthy! The alternative to wearing masks outside might be staying in, texting friends, enjoying the pool and ordering out or making nice home cooked meals. This seems to work.

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    1. We have done the carry out option but there are so many not taking precautions. We’ve been seeing the number of cases climb again. We are not home free yet. I’ve tried a couple new recipies that are now “in the rotation” so there is an upside to all this. Plus my house is so clean you can eat off the floors! hehe! I’m turning into my Aunt Regina!

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      1. We do wear masks. Husband is lucky. He is the type to play lottery tickets scratch off and win and I just watch and think, hmm….so far, so good. But the best remedy is my grandaughter: enjoy her home, pool, text to her friends and order in. She does look healthy!

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            1. We are having our last cool day – tomorrow is suppose to be hot 99F! I have already stocked the frozen fruit bars and lots of fruit in the refridgerator. Sparky wants me to get a watermelon. I’ll have to see if they are on sale.

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            2. I am going to exercise in the health club in the morning and do a little shopping at Wal-mart for a few items. If I don’t leave by 9:30 , I have trouble leaving as the heat is overwhelming!

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            3. Our healt hclubs have opened but with some very strict limits on number of persons allowed. My husbans says that they have blocked off machines so that distancing can be maintained… Stay cool!

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  3. On Fri, Jun 26, 2020 at 7:36 AM A Different Perspective wrote:

    > murisopsis posted: “What will we do in a crowd When the noise becomes loud > A mask for safety allowed Wrapped in a comforting shroud As through the > throng we ploughed Coronavirus remains uncowed Save us Lord from stupidity > Afraid of disease we remain The only cou” >

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  4. If I get my car back I need to take the bird to have his beak trimmed, hard for him to eat. Shopping groceries online and our daughter. Won’t go back to grocery until she gives an OK. Don’t relish wiping down the riding cart any way.

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    1. Most of the vets are not letting the owners come inside with their pets, kind of curb side drop off and pickup. It is safer to stay put and avoid the unnecessary risk. I’ve been carrying hand sanitizer in the car and my purse. Businesses are supposed to have it available as you enter/leave but I’ve noticed that it is pretty weak stuff and they are often out…

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      1. Although we’ve never met I love the connection I have to your mom. She is one of my favorite friends and I know, through your writing you have her heart. I love this poem. It is beautiful. Simple and direct. Stupid kills. Thanks for posting. Blessings to you and yours.. ❤ Be well and keep writing. You give us all hope for a better future.

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        1. Hi Joe! My mother has spoken highly of you too! Glad you’ve found me here as I welcome all my mother’s friends. I’m going to check out your site and I’ll subscribe to follow you as well!!

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    1. Thanks tons Mich! I’m ecstatic that this one gave you such joy!! I don’t think there are any ignorant people left – all of those have been educated. Now we are faced with the maliciously stupid.

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  5. The world is filled with stupidity right now. And some people tear others down over their choices so nastily. I am coming to hate social media it allows people to be so nasty and rude and get away with it.

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            1. I agree – to keep family harmony (and to avoid additional unpleasantness) I just hide them that way there are no hurt feelings and I can ignore the craziness! (Because we all have some crazy in our families once in awhile)

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            2. I suppose it is like the people who are only happy when they are angry and they need everyone around them to be in the same mental state… Crazy is no good!!

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            3. It’s a lot of Wrangler’s family. Like last night some how drama (that I was not at all involved in because I was in the shower when it went down) between Wrangler’s sister and mom made him mad at me. He would talk to the dogs and not me at all which really irritated me because I had no clue what was going on until this morning.

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            4. Oh no. Why is it that when couples get angry at one another one assumes the other is psychic and can read minds?? Hope he’s cooled off and reason has returned… I guess crazy is more contageous than stupid. Of course seems that crazy and stupid like to co-exist in the same body at times – just look at Wash DC!

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            5. Yesterday morning after his mom called me when he was still asleep and I figured out why he was mad (once again I was not involved) I was not pleased at all. When he woke up he had some explaining to do.

              He is extremely stressed between the truck having issues, the rates for our loads are awful, his shoulder issues, and dispatch is sending us to the same place Monday to load the wet product.

              I told him I am stressed too. I am worried about money because anytime we have a decent week our pay is about $500 less than expected, I have a very grumpy husband who is starting to irritate me with his actions, and I am in garden season when home I work hard.

              I am stressed but instead of acting like an idoit I try to be respectful still and realize things always do not go my way. I try to find ways to relieve stress (play with the boys, take a walk, knit, etc) instead of taking it out on the world around me.

              Where Wrangler learned some bad behavior growing up and acts like he is the king of world when he is stressed to the max which makes him hard to live with during these times.

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            6. I understand. I hope he can (and he will over time) pickup more constructive methods to deal with the stress. Hope his stress levels go down and your patience increases. I’m crossing my fingers for a better week for you two!!

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            7. Thank you. We have had about 4 months of stress with problems at work constantly. There is no reward for running hard because the pay stinks. Vacation number 2 cancelled due to the truck needing repairs. I think better rates, the truck stopping breaking down, and a vacation will go a long ways.

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            8. Hope all those stars align and you have good weather, no mechanical problems and that dispatch gets its act together! Of course a vacation is always a welcome diversion…

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  6. Well done, Muri! I saw no rhyming requirement in your explanation, I assume you did so to up the difficulty factor? I’m impressed! I like the refrain, a wry but prayerful chant. Next time I encounter a problem, maybe I’ll mull it over in a Bop. 🙂

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    1. Thanks a bunch Joan! I’m so pleased you liked this one and I think it is the perfect vehicle for problem solving. Oops! Each stanza is supposed to be a monorhyme! Now I’ve got to go back and fix that omission!! I hope to see a Bop from you sometime soon!

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    1. Thanks Punam! I enjoyed writing this. I hadn’t tried it before and I wasn’t so sure I could do it but once started it really flowed! And there are too many in this world who are self centered and myopic.

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    1. Thanks for the comment and visit!! I’m tickled you loved the poem. We are fighting on so many fronts and stupidity is probably the biggest road block to progress. Feel free to visit again soon!

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  7. Ha! Your poem sums the situation up succinctly.
    At the risk of sounding politically incorrect, I’m thinking we may be seeing natural selection at work.
    I’m wearing one of my construction N-95 masks with a cloth mask over the vent valve when I go out for groceries. Most people here are wearing cloth masks, but there are enough who aren’t to endanger all of us. Californians aren’t necessarily the sharpest tools in the shed but at least most of us aren’t shunning masks to make a political statement.

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    1. I knew you were a sensible and cautious person! I nevver doubted it. As for those who shun common sense, I can only wonder if 45 is destroying his base on purpose or if he really is that evil/stupid… So pleased you liked this poem!

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  8. what a lovely form to put a message across with meaning and humour. I understand your distaste for stupidity, I feel its even more virulent than a real virus – they are a pandemic of idiots

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  9. Great poem, and I agree with you. Unfortunately even a couple of my kids are being stupid right now. I’ve lately heard of more and more people I know or know of, who have it. Even one of our pastors. Our church has been open like yours, limit on # of people, and reservation only. No childcare. I haven’t gone, but try to watch it online.
    My oldest girl just had to go to emergency tonight. Low grade fever, A-Fib, and diarrhea. I’m hoping and praying it’s not the virus. She is a smoker, overweight, and has had high blood pressure for years, so I’m worried, but trying to trust God and not worry. She’s 60. I haven’t heard anymore from her since she was on her way to the hospital. I probably won’t hear until tomorrow morning.

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    1. So sorry to hear your daughter is ill… I’m hoping the stupidity doesn’t end up costing innocent lives especially that special kind of stupid we are seening in Washington DC.

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  10. A great poem Val, putting it just as it is these days. We don’t wear masks because we can’t and don’t go near people anyway, but honestly, the idiots in our country. I am sure we are going to get a second wave. Sometimes I do wonder if all this will ever end.

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      1. I know. It is awful Val. The thing is, none of us jnow exactly where this thing is going, or how it is going to pan out, we are in the unkown. The scientists are too, realky, and they do not agree with each other either. But what we do know is that social distancing dies cut ut down a lot. And we do not need stupidity and idiots. And in our country we have the wirst, a understand we are thenlayghungvstocj of the workd, with all those people crowding like sardines in a can onto Bounemouth beach.

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  11. Thank you for this poem. I have also been attending my church online. They opened with very specific guidelines (the wearing of masks included), but I still don’t feel safe. It’s so ridiculous to me that people will not protect others by wearing a mask and social distancing. It has nothing to do with personal “rights,” but has much to do with decency and caring for your fellow human.

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    1. Absolutely – wearing a mask is an act of caring for others and for yourself! There are just too many who refuse to follow the rules as my mother would say they are “cutting off their nose to spite their face”!

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  12. I wear a mask, when going towards a building-and while I am inside. There are so many here who maintain it’s SOLELY intended to drive the President from office. Shame on you, Coronavirus-should have checked with the White House first!

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  13. You’re so correct! It’s unbelievable how rife the world is of stupidity. I don’t go out much now but when I do. I wear my mask, not because I want to but to put others and myself at ease.

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  14. We’ve opened back up (have been for a while) and masks are optional for our church though we distance. We don’t require masks for karate either but scan temps, sanitize, come ready to work out and stay apart the required distance. We figure if masks really work then they will protect the ones who want to wear them and the rest of us don’t have to. So far, it’s been great and we’ve had no cases in either place. Numbers have gone up some but as we are learning the numbers aren’t accurate, and the testing makes numbers go up. The recovery rate is high so the majority of those I know and hang with aren’t overly concerned. Many of us think we had it back in Feb. Most places we went back on our vaca with LC didn’t require masks either. I, for one, am grateful. I feel (just my opinion) it should be a choice and if they work those wearing them should be okay. I do have to wear one for eye exam and did for entering the hospital but took it off in the waiting room as I was then only one there and didn’t have to wear it then.

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    1. Yes testing makes the numbers go up because they are able to confirm cases – not that testing causes the cases! The masks do work but work better if everyone wears one. Glad you haven’t caught the virus – be careful!

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