The country is on lockdown. People are hoarding things like toilet paper and medicine. Millions are now out of work, most with no pay. Millions more stand to lose their jobs. What should we be doing? Is it worth shutting the country down? Let's look at it. Every year 40000 people die in car accidents. Many times it is not their fault, it is the fault of the other person. We do not ban driving. Banning driving would eliminate this risk. Every year 480,000 people die of smoking including over 40,000 from second hand smoke. We do not ban smoking. In fact, we allow some people to profit off of the deaths. Banning smoking would save those people. Shutting the country down will save some lives but at what cost? For every person you save, many will have their lives ruined financially and mentally. For many in this country they live week to week. A hit like this will see people evicted by the boatload. Not right away but as soon as the moratorium on evictions ends. The rent is still due it is just pushed back. If you live week to week you are never going to be able to catch back up, especially on unemployment. The thing that no one considers is for every person you save you ruin 25-50 people's lives. I want to know if that is ok? Now, people that are at risk should take all precautions necessary and the rest of us should do all we can to prevent the spread of this, certainly. Be very cautious, wash frequently, stay apart from each other as much as possible. I personally do not think stopping most commerce is the correct response. People always say "What if it was you getting sick, what if it was your parents?" Ok, I would not want the entire country to stop to ensure I don't get sick. My parents likely would feel the same. Remember this: "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." I believe that. I hold to the premise "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few". It is not a popular opinion because we have become a society of me me me instead of a society. The good of the country dictates it remain open for business. That may be difficult medicine to take for the generation of participation trophys and safe spaces but it is exactly what needs to be happening. Might I be more likely to get sick? Yes. I am willing to risk that to ensure others do not suffer. I would not want to see 12 families on the street so I can be well. Let me know what you think.
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Hi! Welcome. I'm Mark and I've been a professional truck driver for over 33 years, the last 19 years at the same company. It is time that drivers got paid for every minute that we work and we are treated like the licensed professionals we are.