By Matt Birchler
I've been writing here since 2010! Back when personal blogs were all the rage. Kids, ask your parents.

What Happens to All this Rage?

What Do We Do With All This Rage? - Charlie Warzel

When I walk around public spaces now — no matter where — I find myself thinking about the vaccination status of those around me and whether some reckless person will turn me into a vector for disease that will get my father-in-law or my friends' kids sick. Pre-vaccines, I remember lamenting that the pandemic had the negative effect of making ‘other people’ dangerous. But I’d argue this post-vaccination moment has a more pernicious social effect. I am weirdly more aware and skeptical of ‘other people,’ despite the unvaccinated being a minority in the country.

We have a mask mandate for all indoor locations where I live (we didn't most of the spring and summer, but it came back when Delta hit hard),and recently I've been playing a game when I go to public places that goes something like this: let's see how long it is until I see someone who looks like a more out-of-shape Joe Rogan without a mask on.

That's it, that's the game. I usually don't have to wait too long, and frankly, it's just like 1-2% of people who aren't following the rules, but it's not a game I'm particularly proud to be playing in my head. I'm usually one to see the good in people first, but even I am feeling less generous to people than I used to.

Of course I feel my anger is justified, as do those who I'm angry with…

As Warzel points out, this rage has to go somewhere, and it can't keep escalating at this rate. I don't know how we cool things down, but I'll try to do my part to reduce the anger coming from me, even if I'm not always successful.

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