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Compassion during COVID-19

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Back in April, before the COVID-19 pandemic had taken over, I enrolled in seated classes at Missouri State. Little did I know that I would be finishing up my spring 2020 semester at home. Now, I have two seated classes and two classes that have been moved online. This means me and my dog guide Payton are leaving the house less and less as the numbers go up at MSU.

I have enjoyed my time at home, and it has given me time to think about the ethical principles I have been learning about in my Media Ethics class. For example, I personally don't feel threatened by COVID-19. I don't suffer from underlying conditions that would put me in the compromised categories, however, this doesn't mean I shouldn't be considerate of those all around me — even when I decide to go out in public. 

Masking is not something I particularly enjoy because it restricts the amount of nonverbal feedback I can share and receive from others. But I care about the people around me. I don't want to cause anyone harm, and that means sacrificing a few hours of comfort. The pandemic has helped me observe the full extent of social responsibility. 

Even though we live in an individualistic culture, this doesn't mean everyone has to serve their own interests at every moment. Sometimes that means we work together to ensure other people can continue expressing their individual rights/liberties. 

In short, compassion is important in these uncertain times. Let's be kind to one another.