There are certain stories that have historically drawn Iowans’ interest.
We’ve all seen the headlines about neighbors who come together to ensure crops are harvested after a farmer’s premature death.
The numerous GoFundMe donations helping strangers pay for needed healthcare.
Schools holding service days in which students complete tasks for the elderly or disabled in the community.
Walking for important causes—Alzheimer’s, cancer, suicide–because we care about our friends and family members and want a world where tragic diseases and mental illnesses are preventable or treatable.
Cries for change and justice are standard when children die in foster care.
Outrage when pets are mistreated or abandoned is the norm.
It’s impossible for me to reconcile this kind of “Iowa nice” that’s demonstrated by Iowans — the support of friends, family and strangers with not only money but also time and physical and emotional support — with the opposition to a vaccine (or mask) that accomplishes the exact same goals that we see in the examples above of helping fellow Iowans thrive.
So many of the personal stories we love to be a part of, to read about or financially contribute to, have the goal of improving others’ health and safety — of finding cures, providing food, ensuring the safety of the young, the old, our pets, the stranger down the street or of taking on tasks to provide a helping hand.
Iowans make sacrifices to help others. Sometimes very big sacrifices. It’s our history. Our story.
And, yet, without having to move a combine out of the machine shed or withdraw money from our bank account or sacrifice significant chunks of our time or walk or run for miles or complete chores or repairs for others — we can accomplish the same goal. We can help others’ health and well-being.
Our past behaviors have clearly demonstrated that we value health.
And we can meet this goal with a simple shot in the arm (or by donning a simple mask).
It’s an easy extension of the Iowa nice we’ve all either given or gotten in the past.
Is wearing a mask or getting a shot truly too much to offer your fellow Iowans when you’ve already delivered homemade meals, combined corn, organized bake sales, made online donations and so much more?
I am not a fan of Iowans who come barreling into the road, oblivious to the yield sign. That is not Iowa nice. But do I want to be right or to be dead? Do I want to kill others as I take my defiant stand that I’m not the one with the yield sign?
I yield to drivers who ignore their yield sign. I also wear a mask indoors in crowds, and I got the shots.
Liberties are not maintained from a graveyard. You can continue your fight for liberty while vaccinated and/or masked. Neither stops the spread of your viewpoints, but both are “Iowa nice.”