Here it is. We finally found it: The dumbest meme about COVID lockdowns ever:
And I'm not even talking about the actual content of the message yet. We'll get to that. But first I just want to talk about the image accompanying it:
Yeah, that's right. After apparently obliterating those freedom-loving conservatives with an ultimate mic drop, this dude smugly leans back to smoke a pipe... while wearing a mask!
What's hilarious/sad about this is, I guarantee that if California Governor Newsom told everyone to keep their masks on while smoking, some people would do it! You think I'm exaggerating? When he unironically told people to put their masks on between bites while eating at a restaurant, more than one person obediently followed his orders, and no, that does not include the governor himself!
OKAY. Now we can talk about the actual content of the meme itself:
"Insisting on your rights without acknowledging your responsibilities isn't freedom, it's adolescence."
As the accompanying depiction of an intellectual about to light his face on fire indicates, this meme is intended to target people who don't believe that the government always has our best interests at heart. The implication is that if we don't blindly obey the government's every order, regardless of the cost, we are immature adolescents.
All right: You gave me your definition of adolescence, now I'll give you mine. I've actually had the misfortune of knowing many adolescents. I even tried being one for a little while, but thankfully, it didn't stick.
Yes, it's true that freedom should be balanced with personal responsibility, but here's what you're missing: Responsibility means taking responsibility for yourself and the consequences of your actions, not obligating others to do what you want.
Only an absolute child thinks that it is the responsibility of others to sacrifice their income, mental and physical health, the entire economy, and all the other unintended consequences of a lockdown, just so you can feel more comfortable.
In other words: