[ 24/8/20 Facebook post by Ngaio on Marchers protesting lockdown in Auckland]
I have no issue with people holding and expressing alternative views.
I do have an issue with people doing things that put other people’s lives at risk.
Risk to me is minimal.
Risk to my wife and daughter (who both have asthma, and are therefore at significantly higher risk from covid-19) is significant.
We as a community need to care for all of our members.
In this case, as the judge noted, that higher duty of care to life overrode the processes and laws.
And there is often a very tricky balance between rights and responsibilities – exactly where is an appropriate balance in any particular situation?
For me, in the current situation, these people have crossed that boundary.
Had they marched, keeping 2m apart, and expressed their concerns, I would not have an issue.
As it is, they appear to be not simply deluded but a little bit dangerous.
And to be clear, it seems clear to me that we are all necessarily wrong to some degree, the trick being to be wrong to as small a degree as possible, such that it is survivable by all. Reality seems to be sufficiently complex that any understanding we may have of it is necessarily a simplistic model, and some models can be very reliable in some contexts. And contexts often change in ways we are blind to. Even something as simple as the covid virus is complex and “tricky”.
Oddly – the more certain someone is that they are right, the more likely it is that the model they are using to make sense of their experience is too simple for the context.