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You Can't Shame Me Into Wearing a Mask

I accept everyone for who they are, but that doesn't stop me from having my own feelings. Having feelings does not equate to caring.

Me in Riverside County, CA, not wearing a mask at the peak of SARS-CoV-2 and laying on the ground.

Me in Riverside County, CA, not wearing a mask at the peak of SARS-CoV-2 and laying on the ground.

I'd like to kick this article off with an introduction that jumps immediately to the topic at hand and say that no matter what anyone says, I'm not going to start wearing a mask. Now I have many logical reasons, backed by study after study and even factual evidence from my own life—shocker—that says wearing a mask does not protect you from respiratory illnesses such as coronaviruses. Equally so, I am walking evidence that you can go without wearing a mask and other necessary protective equipment even when living in one of the most infectious and dangerous counties in America for SARS-CoV-2.

Honestly, all these mask-toting extremists who are literally trying to emotionally scar people into wearing a mask are only making me less inclined to do so.

To all of you not wearing masks: I hope you and your entire family get sick. I hope you all die off so that there are less stupid and selfish people in the world. I don't want to die because you can't tear yourself from your own world long enough to care about anyone other than yourself. Please, hurry up and die or even better just start wearing a mask so we can all live. Let me catch you not wearing a mask out in public, you'll wish the virus had taken you out instead.

— Anonymous inspiration for this article

Some Important Facts for You

To the mask-toting extremists I would like to offer some quick and easy-to-read facts as they concern my situation and rationalization as it pertains to wearing a mask. Are you ready to relax your sphincter and drop your angst for a second? Good, let's delve into the unarguable facts around my unmasked lifestyle:

  • I live an extremely active, outdoor lifestyle.
  • I have ignored the mask recommendations from the beginning.
  • I can't wear a mask without having severe, and possibly lethal asthma attacks—I've tried, it isn't an option, so screw you.
  • I uncontrollably touch my face when wearing a mask, so as to remove and replace the mask, so I just don't wear one because it is safer not to.
  • I lived in the most dangerous county in the United States during the peak of SARS-CoV-2 and still did not contract the virus.
  • People want me to die despite never having been infected, just because I don't want to wear a mask.
  • I view people who bully others over not wearing a mask, rightfully, as extremists.
  • I have seen more healthy people without masks on a continual basis than masked individuals.
  • I do not know anyone, nor am I affiliated with anyone, who has contracted SARS-CoV-2.
  • I am, without a doubt, safer from the virus than those who are wearing masks, as I am adhering to the more-important guidelines such as social distancing and avoiding places of public gathering whenever possible.
  • I'm safer outdoors without my mask than those congregating indoors with them.
  • I wear a mask when it is required—*gasp*—to the detriment of my own health, because I respect the law and safety guidelines laid forth by experts; this is in stark contrast to many actions taken by mask-extremists and those who control the economy.

Let's move onto unarguable facts about the mask-toting extremists I'm able to observe within my own acquaintances:

  • Mask-extremists want others to get infected, become severely ill, and in many cases for them to die in order to prove their extremism is warranted.
  • Mask-extremists base most of what they see off of memes, rather than the loose guidelines being released by experts.
  • Mask-extremists care more about virtue signaling than they care about wearing a mask.
  • Mask-extremists think that wearing a mask in public allows them to congregate against the SARS-CoV-2 social distancing guidelines.
  • Mask-extremists are being used by the media to promote protests and rioting, but put down people just trying to be happy.
  • Mask-extremists are a detriment to the American way of life, the way of life that sees us happy, healthy, and safe without adhering to extremism.
  • Mask-extremists are bullying children as young as two into wearing a mask, despite not being able to adhere to the more important guidelines laid forth by experts.
Why do they let us risk "essential" workers' health, if this mask crap is so important? Money is worth more than lives, is that the type of nonsense you support as well?

Why do they let us risk "essential" workers' health, if this mask crap is so important? Money is worth more than lives, is that the type of nonsense you support as well?

Mask-Toting Extremists Break Their Own Rules and Expectations

American extremism, and by extension the extremists themselves, has and have always made me crack up with laughter born from a sense of pity. This is because here in America we can turn everything into a political opinion, and most people won't think any farther than the illogical trash they already subscribe to. If the brainwashing machine says to jump off a cliff to prevent SARS-CoV-2 from spreading, so do the extremists get in line to be thrown off.

Luckily the media and memes aren't saying to jump off a cliff and I don't have to watch the sheep trot willingly to the slaughter, except I'm seeing a slaughter of conviction occur instead.

Mask-extremists don't seem to actually care about the health of the public because as soon as the economy began to open against the expert advice of epidemiologists the world over, so did the mask-extremists say it is okay to hit the bar and get trashed! What hilariously flimsy convictions, and dare I say a pathetic show of solidarity in their extremism and bully tactics. Yet, there they are sitting at the bar with their masks on being the degenerate Americans who make us all look like hypocritical dumb-dumbs.

Funny thing, however, despite their breaking of their own convictions they still are not getting ill. It is almost as if you don't actually need to wear a mask, but just be more hygienic and avoid gatherings where others may be infectious.

You see, that's what I do; I avoid being a nasty, dirty face-toucher and I keep myself and my environment clean. Unlike the careless mask-extremists thinking their cloth covering will keep everyone safe, I go out of my way to ensure everyone is safe.

My son walked up to these statues, wondering why they weren't social distancing.

My son walked up to these statues, wondering why they weren't social distancing.

I'm Safer Than Mask-Extremists

Wearing a mask automatically puts you at a higher risk of contracting SARS-CoV-2, and this is because touching on and around your facial region is unavoidable as it concerns putting on and removing your mask. For those of you smart enough to remove and put on your masks from the back of your head, congratulations on being the marginal minority. Nonetheless you are not justified in judging me, bullying me, or otherwise forcefully coercing me because I safely choose not to wear a mask.

That seems to anger people as well, the unarguable fact that I can safely and conscientiously refuse to wear a mask. The mask-toting extremist tears are beginning to taste sweeter and sweeter as they only become more rigid in the face of evidence contrary to their ignorance. As such, let me provide more unarguable evidence as to how I can be safer than you, despite never wearing a mask.

Have you ever been drop-kicked for touching your face, or having your hands anywhere near your face? It teaches you how dangerous it is to ever put your nasty fingers and hands anywhere near the most vulnerable part of your body, and I got over the habit really quick.

— Kyler J. Falk

During my time in the Marines, I learned that touching your face or going anywhere near your face with your hands was a deadly sin. If I were to go anywhere near my face with my hands I would get punched, kicked, and taken to the dirt for over thirty minutes of incentive training. Just like the military, I want you mask-toting extremists to be punished each and every time you go anywhere near your face with your nasty hands.

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What did these punishments for touching our face look like? Well, it looked like you getting yelled at directly in your ear for thirty minutes as you perform the hardest workout of your life. On top of that, you're doing it in the dirt while someone kicks rocks and dust into your eyes and mouth. If you touching your nasty face didn't get you sick, then the mouth full of ground matter will.

The military is just about as logical with their incentive to do, or not to do things as these mask-extremists are; but unlike mask-extremists, the military instilled within me the habit and desire to never touch my face and be more hygienic than anyone else. I was forced to wash my hands with sanitizer, soap and water when available, and harsh chemicals so much that I developed a skin condition in the military.

On top of excessive hand washing being a normal idea to me in my daily life, I avoid touching any public surface that could be contaminated by avoiding those places to begin with. If I have no choice but to go into a nasty public venue, then I wipe down my chosen area both before and after being there. All this is more than I can say for the mask-extremists I'm observing, who number in the hundreds.

Which leads me to my next thought, which is about the media choosing to blame bars and restaurants for the rise in SARS-CoV-2 cases while remaining silent about the protests and riots as an obvious culprit.

Riots are sometimes necessary, but they are obviously a culprit in rising infection rates.

Riots are sometimes necessary, but they are obviously a culprit in rising infection rates.

Why the Media Silence?

The infection rates for SARS-CoV-2 are rising, and the media was quick to change the already-questionable narrative from the protests to bars and restaurants being the main reason for infection rates increasing. As of yet, I have not seen a news outlet go out of their way to blame the riots and protests specifically for the rise in infections. However, I have seen them downplay such serious and egregious examples of ignoring safety guidelines in favor of blaming small businesses and their owners.

Heck, I've seen more stories glorifying the arrest and citing of small business owners that are struggling than I have seen reports putting blame where it actually belongs. "To what ends?" I find myself asking more frequently, and with greater concern as time goes by.

This all seems like a plot, or some sort of directed attack on the American people during a time already plagued by crisis and tragedy.

America will still be standing strong, but it is our job to keep her that way.

America will still be standing strong, but it is our job to keep her that way.

We Are Strong

Unlike mask-toting extremists, I believe that America is strong with or without mandatory rules. In fact, I think it is the freedom to do as you please in America that only goes to show our strength and solidarity in times of crisis and tragedy. Even further, the best in the community who aren't wearing masks but still remain uninfected are a sign that the future isn't as bleak as the media claims it is.

Stand strong with both your masked and unmasked American brothers and sisters, because at the end of the day we are all you have in the battle against tyranny; that same battle is always trying to press its way deeper and deeper into our hearts. I've taken a stand against it, ignored baseless and harmful claims, and gone out of my way to call for more transparency. You need to join me in the message that we will not be deceived and manipulated by those that wish to tear the country apart.

Mask-toting extremism is doing more damage to the goal of flattening the curve and boosting American morale than it is doing good.

Won't you stand strong in reality with those of us providing evidence to the contrary of ignorant extremists; or will you join them in their misguided angst that is biting at the ankles of freedom and solidarity?


Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on April 05, 2021:

Indeed. Thanks for taking the time to explain further. Keep safe

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on April 05, 2021:

Many would have us believe that masks are worse than branding Jews with the Star of David, and even more would imprison you for refusing to wear them. Personally, I say we should all have our say and choice so long as it does not come at the expense of others. Wear a mask and be safe, don't wear a mask and be safe, but whatever you choose to do you should make the choice to be safe!

All the division over nonsense during an already-divisive time, and it only continues to pile on. Perhaps if everyone had their say we wouldn't have chasms forming between us all.

Thanks for reading!

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on April 05, 2021:

now I know why some people don't wear mask, needless to say. So who is to say?

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 01, 2021:


There are a few here that don't wear mask...but not many.

Most places require it since they will get their doors closed down if they allow people to enter without one.

I'm glad you do take safety precautions.

I used to jump in shower & wash clothing after each outing but I stopped that one.

My doctors actually trll me that these masks can only protect us from the common cold, etc and do not protect us from coronavirus.

Only the N95 mask can do this.

In our area...we can't get those mask. They are marked for the hospital.

But the docs say it is better than least a tiny bit of protection.

They definitely do make asthma worse. I start coughing alot.

Interesting article.

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on April 01, 2021:

A less sensational approach would be what I favor from the media, and all of our leaders. However, such an idea begs the question of how would they attract everyone's attention without being over-the-top? I like to think everyone deserves more credit than they are given, but I'm just a guy on HubPages speculating.

Here in California it is a vast blend of vehement mask-toters, anti-maskers, and undecided individuals who are simply cautious. My favorite people are the ones who don't wear a mask, but they have their children wear masks which defeats the point to begin with. Then you have their opposites who will wear masks, but then allow their kids to go without one while playing with other children.

This pandemic has presented a lot of terrible situations, but also a lot of humorous ones.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on April 01, 2021:

It's an interesting viewpoint which you have propagated. I really don't know which way the coin will spin whether I should wear a mask or not but when I see everybody wearing a mask I am inclined to wear one.I agree we should not treat this virus or something so terrible that everybody will die maybe a more rational approach is required.

Misbah Sheikh from — This Existence Is Only an Illusion on April 01, 2021:

Live your life to the fullest. Spread your wings and fly high up in the air.

Blessings and Peace

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on March 31, 2021:

It really is interesting to analyze the vehemence of certain people versus their actual actions, such as those who promote wearing a mask, locking yourself in, etc. We here at the bottom of the food chain live in something similar to an authoritative state governed by social propaganda, but those at the top travel the world for non-essential vacations and debauchery.

One second everyone is going to die, the next second we can all open back up again, and now we all might be at risk of another variant killing us. I blame the media for foolish anti-maskers, and their mask-thumping peers.

Keep being safe while you live your life to the fullest, Misbah!

Also, thank you for complimenting my son; he is the best!

Misbah Sheikh from — This Existence Is Only an Illusion on March 31, 2021:

Hi Kyler, I too don't like to wear mask very often, a lot of times police stopped me while having an evening walk. They ask to wear mask, Mostly, I am wearing headphones, and that time, I hate to wear mask. Many people think it is good to wear mask, many think it's not very important.

To be honest, I don't wear it much often but as you, I also make my environment clean and do care about social distancing.

I am living in Spain. People in Spain, almost everyone you will see is wearing a mask. Maybe you will find one in 1000 who is not wearing it.

According to Yesterday's report, 3,275,819 coronavirus cases have been recorded in Spain since the beginning of the pandemic. The official death toll now stands at 75,305.

The most worst thing happening in Barcelona and Madrid is that they close all malls, high street areas and clothing stores for months and then open it after so long resulting long waiting lines. I have seen people waiting for hours just to shop clothes.. this is not good, and virus spreads from there.

People can order it online but I think they don't feel satisfied, maybe

Kyler, your son is very cute. He is looking so innocent looking at those statues.

Sending Blessings

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on July 11, 2020:

You are the type that this article is not referring to, Kari, unless you go around wishing for people to get sick and die to prove the necessity of masks. This is a shot at those extremists who are out there bullying people, expecting emotional trauma to force others into wearing a mask. Equally so, this is a shot at the individuals pushing masks and protests in a seemingly-hypocritical way.

Crazy times, but I'm glad we can all stay safe regardless of whether or not we wear a mask.

Kari Poulsen from Ohio on July 11, 2020:

This is a very interesting point of view. I, however, have to challenge it because I worked wearing a mask for 25 years. And no, I do not touch my face while I am wearing it. I learned to wear a mask by being an operating room nurse.

In the operating room we wear masks to protect ourselves and our patients. We protect ourselves from being splashed by biological fluids. We protect our patients by putting a barrier between our possibly contagious mouths and the open wound of the patient. Not just the surgeon at the table, but everyone in the room wears a mask.

Other ways we protect our patients from airborne particles is to reduce talking and reduce the number of times the door is open and shut by limiting visitors.

This limiting visitors can be compared to social distancing. We limit unnecessary personnel from coming into contact with the patient.

The main reason we wear masks is to protect others. This is the same reason we are being asked by society to wear a mask.

Of course there are exceptions to any rule and you are one. The fact that you have asthma making wearing a mask difficult is a very good reason to not mask. Asthma attacks can be life threatening.

But, for the majority of us, it is a fairly easy task that helps keep others safe. This virus has carriers who show no sign. Tell me seriously, would you get checked if you feel fine? I would not.

I agree that wearing a mask is not as necessary outdoors, especially if you social distance.

You are extremely blessed to not have to go to the store. Most Americans do not have the resources to do this.

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on July 07, 2020:

It's always nice to see and hear about people expressing and utilizing their freedom of choice, Devika. I'm certainly walking evidence that wearing a mask is completely unnecessary. Keep being the holes in this shaky-at-best narrative!

Thanks for reading!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on July 07, 2020:

I live in Croatia and I feel every person is responsible for their health. Wearing a mask or not it is up to you. I agree that wearing a mask is nonsense.

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on July 06, 2020:

I'm very happy we settle in the middle on how stupid the arguments for every side are. With all the contradicting info, the contradicting demands from experts while they also allow the economy to open, there is no way for anyone to be right. This is where my underlying sentiments rest, that we are all in a stupidity-driven pickle with evidence for and against everyone's choices and expert orders to back up each and every argument.

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on July 06, 2020:

Alrighty, thank You for clearing up how You are safer without a mask then me wearing a mask in the grocery store: You do not go to the grocery store. Haha!! That was honestly priceless. Made me crack-up - cheers!

You are very right. It's like me saying: I am safer without a bullet-proof vest than a soldier with one. Why? Because I stay home. I don't go to war zones LOL

Not everyone can afford to pay more. Or, maybe some communities do not have delivery services for groceries. I know of some here.

So, what would You do if You had to go to the grocery store? Or, if You had to take the public transit and sit in a bus/subway/streetcar for a significant period of time, like millions upon millions of people have to do? Well, billions if we're talking world-wide. Just curious 'cause yes, sitting at home nobody would shame You in wearing a mask, haha!!

"Masks make you touch on and around your face." - Maybe they make You do that. I don't. Honestly. I am quite diligent about putting on a mask, taking it off and wearing it. Is that so very hard to believe?

"congrats on being the marginal minority" - ?

"with or without a mask you can be just as safe as the next guy" - With or without a bullet-proof vest You can be just as safe as the next guy, as long as You do not go to war-zones, right?

Alrighty, thanks for explaining. I appreciate it. Cheers!

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on July 03, 2020:

It is always interesting to see the disconnect among the mask-extremists and which guidelines they are willing to follow and those they refuse to adhere to. I also feel social distancing is the number one concern that should be at the front of everyone's minds, but the stance from experts on the protests is stating that social distancing doesn't count outside and/or when you're protesting. Can't argue with the experts, now can we?

Also, where are all the biohazard boxes to dispose of our gloves, masks, and other contaminated gear whilst working or out in public? There are so many holes in the media and authority narrative, and I continue to be walking evidence along with all the other people doing the same.

Keep being safe!

Sharlee on July 03, 2020:

I feel social distancing is best to stop the spread of even a common cold. I wear a mask if a business owner posts a sign "wear a mask or don't enter". Otherwise, I don't wear one if feel I can use distancing.

Masks can really spread germs if taken off incorrectly. Which it's easy to see is prevalent by watching how some remove their masks in public.

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on July 03, 2020:

Apparently it isn't, MG, as researchers and experts say that the protests (great examples for breaking all the guidelines) had no real affect on the rising infection rates. Though it is completely illogical and impossible for these statements to be true, it is what our leaders in information are saying. I think at this point America's slip into something new, something unrecognizable, is coming full circle.

It is crazy here right now, and many of us are itching to take a heavy and hard swing at those we see as enemies within our own country.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on July 02, 2020:

To wear a mask or not has become like Hamlets eternal question' to be or not to be.' Mask has its benefits but obviously a grown up man or woman knows whats best. Wearing a mask alone may not help but social distancing is important.

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on July 02, 2020:

Yes, it is as relevant as anything I've said here; meaning, if you place relevance on anecdotal presentation then everything being said and measured has merit. If you don't value personal experience, then everything here has zero value.

I don't go to the grocery store, I order them to be delivered from private specialty grocers who are charging extra for precautionary measures both in production and delivery of goods. I'm undoubtedly safer than those who go the grocery store.

As I said, congrats on being the marginal minority.

I uncontrollably touch my face while wearing a mask, same thing occurred in the military as it concerns our gas masks too. Masks make you touch on and around your face. Both statements are true within different contexts.

All this is to say, with or without a mask you can be just as safe as the next guy. It's upon the individual, and not upon flimsy adherence to misguided principles.

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on July 02, 2020:

The first article You linked is from MedRxiv. So, MedRxiv has a disclaimer: "This article is a preprint and has not been peer-reviewed. It reports new medical research that has yet to be evaluated and so should not be used to guide clinical practice."

You see what it says about "not been peer-reviewed"? That means something. Sigh ...

"To all of you not wearing masks: I hope you and your entire family get sick." - Well, misguided people wishing others ill. Why am I not surprised?

"I am, without a doubt, safer from the virus than those who are wearing masks, adhering to the more-important guidelines such as social distancing and avoiding places of public gathering whenever possible." - You are "without a doubt, safer from the virus than those who are wearing masks"? Why would You say that? You are safer than I am because I wore a mask inside a grocery store yesterday when I went to bu some groceries? How does that work?

"touching on and around your facial region is unavoidable as it concerns putting on and removing your mask." - No. I sanitize my hand before I put the mask on and before I pull the mask off. Yes, one has to be careful. Indeed there's no point in putting on a mask if You're gonna keep fixing it/fiddling with it, touching your face or the mask and so on.

"the military instilled within me the habit and desire to never touch my face" but earlier in the article I read: "I uncontrollably touch my face when wearing a mask," So, which is it: "habit to never touch the face", or "I uncontrollably touch my face"? LOL

Sigh ... a #$%^ing mask is an issue nowadays. Humans never cease to amaze me.

All the best - stay safe!

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