Disclaimer: I have been prodded into writing this opinion piece by people blabbing away on the forums. Many who post on First MERIDA AMIGOS ask reasonable questions or write supportive opinion but there are some who should not be so …
I am Canadian and am often teased by Americans because my countrymen and women are accustomed to prefacing our statements with: “I’m sorry, but …” or “I don’t mean to offend, but…” or “it isn’t my business, but…” And actually, in the USA, there are similar expressions, such as “Bless her heart, but …” or “God love her, but…”
However, to my dismay, in recent years, many Canadians and Americans have replaced the “polite disclaimers” with crude acronyms, such as “WTF…” or “BFD…” or “FFS…” And this is the first point I will make in this post. This dumbing-down of language is personally offensive to me. I don’t think it is necessary to use abbreviations of F-word expressions to describe every collective or compound noun, every subject, object or article… I believe there are equally “colourful” and “forceful” adjectives and adverbs that will adequately express any possible emotion or opinion. So what, some may ask. That’s how I feel, is my answer. And when such three-letter expletives are used to describe a serious situation, I get even more incensed. Any person of substance will say: Serious times and opinion require serious language – or more plainly stated – You should THINK before you spout off in public.
Well, I have thought a lot about what I need to write in this post; and I cannot hold back any longer. I’m tired of hearing and reading so much drivel. Usually “Pollyanna Joanna” keeps quiet or waters down her opinion with platitudes, but sorry, I am NOT into political correctness today.
I am furious with some of the comments I am reading on facebook groups. I don’t care if these people are “just venting” they are insensitive, and behaving in bad taste and are acting against our Yucatecan society’s best interests.
To such individuals, I ask: Did you read the post I wrote yesterday? Do those numbers mean nothing to you? Is it right that you enjoy the beach, restaurants, inexpensive liquor and absence of snow… without feeling any responsibility? And from time to time I have heard some whine that Yucatecans (or Mexicans in general) are not “friendly”. Can you blame them?
Life in Mexico is not easy; you need to have a high income in pesos to live like many “expats” live on a middle class dollar income. About 80% of Mexico’s population does not have disposable income; on their birthdays. they can’t afford to eat in the restaurants where many foreigners casually go for lunch. They get dressed up to attend functions where some foreign residents show up in tank tops and shorts. They politely refrain from saying what they really feel about racist US policy.
And so how do you think they would feel if they realised what you write about them and their governor’s position with regards to the COVID 19 pandemic? Many (not all) of you are guests in Mexico, many (not all) of you have not even bothered to learn more than a few words in Spanish. Many don’t have many (if any) Mexican friends… so why do you think you have the right to spout off?
I think the true purpose of forums is to ask questions and learn from others… the lady who uses an electric scooter is worried how she will get around without someone to lift it in and out of the car. That is a valid question. But those who say they are bored and want the beer sales to come back… I have to hope you are writing to get a rise out of people… and are not truly serious. I also like alcohol, but anyone who puts it before the citizens’ safety has a problem they should look after.
If you do not understand why citizens’ safety is directly related to the availability of alcohol you have probably never driven through an economically challenged area at night. The misery caused by alcohol abuse is enough to make some people quit drinking altogether. Children go without food, wives are beaten, young women and boys are raped by drunks who would not commit such terrible acts if they were sober. And sadly, this behaviour is not exclusive to poor areas. I have met some of the saddest women in Merida in the restroom of the Club Campestre – but that is another story.
I could go on and on; I certainly have lots more I could write with respect to what I consider oafish behaviour. But the crux of this matter is:
You are here. Strict measures are being taken to fight the COVID 19 pandemic, and “my dears” if you don’t want to follow these edicts, go live elsewhere. If your opinion does not support the greater good… keep it to yourself. Don’t have a temper tantrum on public forums. And why do I care?
I care because if Mexicans read such opinion, they will look at me and think I maybe share such sentiments. I have spent most of my life trying to be as respectful as possible to this culture. And I resent being tarred with a negative brush.
This is not cool at all.