A Masked Solution?

As I do my early morning walks with my favourite podcast host feeding me information about the ins and outs of health and performance, daunting and often controversial thoughts fly through my head.

It is through these moments that I start to notice things I did not notice before. The magic of being aware through something so simple.

Like an ant farm, the streets of Bangkok are a hustle and bustle of movement. Office workers move from street stalls to coffee shops, and back again, taking their plastic-wrapped possessions up to their small cubicles which will be their home for the next 8 – 10 hours.

Parents bringing their kids to school, leisurely dressed yet just enough not to get stared at. A bottle of whatever in one hand, a snack in the other, fueling for a day of fun-filled education at one of the most prestigious international schools. Or to the local university, just around the corner from where I live.

A plethora of police officers in their drab-looking uniforms, trying to think they control traffic. Hardly any of them sport some kind of figure showing that they have done something in setting an example for society.

They all have one thing in common. 

They all still wear masks.

Thailand’s government has eased the regulations on wearing masks in public, however, hardly anyone takes these claims of adding a bit of “freedom of speech” seriously. 

“We are aware and remain cautious of what is still lingering in the air,” is often the reason.

But once food and drinks are involved, off they go! A sign that we can forget the safety and health concerns for a moment and dig into our precious calories.

If the death rate through obesity and inaccurate food intake is rising yet the numbers of deaths of this Mexican Beer Flu are dropping positively, allow me to make a suggestion.

Compulsory mask wearing to avoid overeating or snacking the day away.

Only remove your mask when you are hungry, thirsty, or when you want to take a shower.

And start measuring then the total amount of those with fatty liver diseases. I am pretty sure that this will have a positive outcome in reversing total death tolls and modern-day ailments.

I am sure any government is not happy with this statement. 

Less consumption means less money in their bank.

But who wants that?

Everybody thinks of changing humanity, but nobody thinks of changing himself. | Leo Tolstoy

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