People just don’t care

Last week Cyn over at Suburban Masquerade wrote about her neighbor who put up an unsightly net in between their houses without asking. It seems that more and more these days people just don’t seem to care about anyone but themselves. From talking in the theaters to cell phone usage without an inside voice it just seems that your feelings don’t matter.

This week it took a step further when Andrew Speaker took the lives of anyone he came in contact with, in his own hands by travelling to Greece and then Italy and back through to the states via Canada against the orders of his doctors and the Center for Disease Control. Speaker says that he was given permission to leave the states for his wedding. Whether or not this was true, he was definitely not allowed to return to the States but decided to ignore this warning because he was concerned about being treated overseas.

Here’s what Speaker initially said when told he needed to be quarantined in Italy:

“I thought to myself: You’re nuts. I wasn’t going to do that. They told me I had been put on the no-fly list and my passport was flagged,” the Speaker said.

He told the paper he and his wife decided to sneak back into the U.S. via Canada. When he arrived back in the United States, he voluntarily went to a New York hospital, then was flown by the CDC to Atlanta. He is not facing prosecution, health officials said.

“I’m a very well-educated, successful, intelligent person,” he told the paper. “This is insane to me that I have an armed guard outside my door when I’ve co-operated with everything other than the whole solitary-confinement-in-Italy thing.

What an entitled, pompous, ass.

Now he’s sorry and apologizing to the passengers he put at risk. But it’s too late. Close to 200 people sitting near him on the flights will need to be tested for the rare form of TB that he has. He didn’t care until now. There is no treatment for this form of TB, but Speaker took it upon himself to introduce it to the US. I’m sure he was concerned about his health – but that shouldn’t have been the concern of the government.

But he didn’t care. If other people die, that’s ok as long as he’s alright.

Entitled, pompous, ass. Probably drives a BMW.

I’ve taken to hating people because increasingly they seem to be more like Speaker, only concerned about their well being, rather than Wesley Autrey, the man who risked his life earlier this year while saving the life of man that fell onto the tracks.

Someone give me some hope for humanity.

6 thoughts on “People just don’t care

  1. First of all, thank you Spencer for featuring my neighborly dispute. It’s not quite in the same league as exposing a bunch of people to a resistant dangerous disease, but ya know, it’s very close ;)

    Yeah, so painfully obvious that Speaker was only thinking of himself. What was he doing flying to Italy in the first place, when he was diagnosed in months ago?

    Then I read that his father-in-law works for the CDC specializing in TB…

    Denials by Dad (Honest – it’s not MY virus!)…but it makes you wonder, no? (Reminds me of some 24 plotline…)

  2. I’d like to note that I didn’t intend to have an actual yellow smiley face in my preceding comment. Just the approximation with a semi-colon and parenthesis.

    And it was supposed to be next to the word “close.” (Why does it matter to me? Why does the netting matter to me? Why do birds suddenly appear…oh, off-tangent again, sorry.)

    And I also didn’t intend to have an extra word (“in”) in the second paragraph of my previous comment.

    Can you tell I’m avoiding cleaning the house right now?

    Thank you and have a lovely weekend.

  3. there is no purpose to life, except the one you bring to it.

    You are the hope you seek for humanity.

    If love is the end I desire, isn’t it the begin?

    You have “taken to hating people”??

    You care enough about people who don’t care to write about them. Then you stop caring and say you are hating people in general now because of a few bad apples…

    Life is good if you let it be…

    The hope you seek for humanity is demonstrated by those same humans every day, if you have a different point of view.

    I have taken to not worrying about others actions and exhibitions of love and compassion. I am really focused on honing my own.

    They’re the only actions I can consistently address. It’s much less stressful than trying to change the world, and much more rewarding than hating people… for me, I mean.

    Really – are you waiting for everyone else to change so you’ll be happy?

    Can you type? You should be happy. Wanna know how many people can’t?

    Can you read? You should be happy. Wanna know how many people cannot?

    Want me to keep going?

    Count your blessings, if you are aware of them. They’re hard to see when you compare them to others and what they seem to have.

    Good luck Spencer. Try turning off the TV for a year. And the radio. Throw the fucking newspaper away every time one gets near you. It’s only your world if you decide that it is.

    No shit. Really.

    Best regards.

  4. Greg – get off your high horse. If you want to put your fucking head in the sand, then so be it.

    People make great pains at attempting to be unlikeable. It is more important for people like me to call them on it than for people like you who are all “strawberries and cream ” and every day is a sunny day.

    The world gets better by people recognizing what’s wrong with it and doing something about it – not ignoring it.

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