Reading the comments by the expats is alarming – We, I included, are visitors here and should respect the land and culture instead of assuming a belligerent attitude that my rights are being compromised.
How can I look at this situation with discernment BUT without judgment?
First, I need to realize this is a world built on FEAR and the best thing I can do is to make sure I don’t increase that fear. Although I may believe that a mask is not necessary, it is a request or even a law, and I as a visitor need to honor it. Making people feel uncomfortable, so I can prove my point, is NOT the way to show them that their fear is valueless. Increasing the fear is not a cure. But by wearing the mask , if only for their benefit, while reinforcing in my mind that I am really God’s Son – Spirit – and not a body to get sick and die, is to allow spiritual healing to take place for both myself and them. This way will allow the Dreamer to change the dream to a happy one not being blocked by the characters judgments. The Dreamer sets the dream, the characters can only bind it. As Jesus said “Father, forgive them they know not what they do”. He was IN the world but NOT part of it, so must I be.
If I see fear in another, it is because I saw it first in myself and then projected it out. Everything I see is a projection of my inner thoughts, I am the ONLY one who determines my world – do I see fear or love? If I see fear then my only response is to answer the seeming lack of love by offering love. This response is spiritual healing for it IS the realization that I AM LOVE itself. If God is Love and I am ONE with God/Christ then I am LOVE and that’s ALL I am and all I can give….
Just my thoughts – love to hear yours.
God Bless Ciao