It’s August 2021. I live in Melbourne, Australia.
I live in a beautiful country with wide-open spaces and friendly smiles. I live in a city that used to be ranked the most liveable city in the world.
This is where I live…but where I live has changed.
Every day there’s numerous videos of police brutality shared online. Our Premiers make decisions on a whim that affect millions of us. Every day we wake up not knowing what could happen. Every day we hear news of an iconic shop or restaurant closing down for good…we’re surrounded by the unknown. This feels like torture but we aren’t allowed to complain because that would be selfish.
The world is looking upon on in disbelief. A country that used to be envied by all is now the last place anyone would willingly come. Travellers used to work in the blistering sun on a dirty farm for three months just to stay here a little longer. Foreigners used to do whatever they could to stay here…now our own citizens want to flee.
Our fellow countrymen and women are turning against each other. They’re dibber-dobbing joy and freedom to the authorities who then kick down doors to make the fun stop. Elderly men are being arrested for walking in the park, elderly women are being pushed to the side and pepper-sprayed.
All for the sake of health. My question is…whose health are we protecting again? Sorry, I’m just really confused.
Whose lives are we saving? Whose lives are we making better? Everyone I know is not safer, happier or healthier…who are we protecting again?
Oh, that’s right, we’re protecting the elderly…how silly of me to forget. The elderly who are dying alone without their family. The elderly who don’t even have proper funerals because no one can go. The same elderly who are imprisoned in their tiny rooms with no ventilation or human contact.
I wonder, has anyone actually asked the elderly what they’d prefer…take their chance with COVID or die alone? Has anyone asked them how they feel about the government using their potential deaths as the guilt trip that locks millions of young and healthy people up. Please assure me that someone has asked them?
They say it’s for our health. I ask you again…whose health?
From where I’m standing…everyone’s health is going backwards. We’re not getting enough sunlight, we’re not having enough fun, we’re not connecting with each other, we’re not exploring and getting into mischief…we’re all slowly dying locked up in our house to protect our health!
AGAIN I ASK YOU…WHOSE HEALTH ARE YOU PROTECTING???