I had a draft sitting in my folder with a nicely laid out argument against government mask mandates. But this blog is supposed to focus on images. Therefore I condensed my argument into four images with four simple arguments and a small conclusion. It requires you doing some research and thinking on your own and it is a bit of an experiment. And finally masks are just the example for this argument, it can be applied to other kinds of government action as well. Let’s go.

Four arguments – Four pictures

1. Government says that masks can provide a benefit but no proper protection. How much benefit seems not yet clear. Studies are conflicting. The agnostic stance says that there is some benefit

mask warning sign
Against Masks #1 (2021) Fujifilm X-T3 + Lens Turbo II + Pentacon 50mm F1.8 Acros film sim

2. Masks create not only costs but also harms. How much harm seems not yet clear. We have little experience with long-term mask wearing. The agnostic stance says that there is some harm.

colorful face mask for children
Against Masks #2 (2021) Fujifilm X-T3 +Minolta MD 50mm F1.7 ProNegH film simulation

3. Free and democratic government shall not impose harms on innocent people no matter the benefit. Free and democratic governments may only impose costs on innocent people.

used ffp2 mask thrown away
Against Masks #3 (2021) Fujifilm X-T3 + Lens Turbo II + Pentacon 50mm F1.8 Acros film sim

4. Therefore mask mandates enforced by law are unethical. This still allows citizens to wear them. It also allows that private organizations may demand mask wearing on their premises. People are then free to comply or avoid.

discarded ffp2 mask on ground
Against Masks #4 (2021) Fujifilm X-T3 + Lens Turbo II + Pentacon 50mm F1.8 Acros film sim

Final remarks

If you disagree with #1 and think that masks are very effective the argument still holds. If you disagree with #2 and think masks are harmless you are naive. If you disagree with #3 and think that some benefits justify the harm you are a dangerous utilitarian, your reasoning would have support the most gruesome horrors in history. If you disagree with #4 you are a collectivist who forgot thousands of years of Judeo-Christian thinking and tradition.

Tell me what you think of this experiment, if you agree or not. I am curious.

Mask warning sign on the ground
Against Masks #5 (2021) Fujifilm X-T3 + Vivitar Auto Wide 35mm F2.8 Acros film simulation (image is part of this post)

8 responses to “Against Masks – an argument in four pictures”

  1. May More Avatar

    It won’t surprise you to know that I have researched this topic ind depth. Great photos. You should consider creating a “time of covid” book where you use nothing but images and the camera you used t take them. would be powerful.

    1. Paul Avatar

      Yes it would be great idea, I did not take many photos though….we will see. Thx!

      1. May More Avatar

        there will be plenty of time to take more!

  2. Matteo Pezzi Avatar

    Hi Paul, I wish everybody would realize this. People are getting worse and worse, it seems like the more obvious something is, the more people attack you if you say it. Good luck

    1. Paul Avatar

      Like the naked Emperor right? Or being falsely put into a psychiatric institute. I just cut off all news and do what want and can still do. It going to be over soon…good luck to you as well.

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