When I corrected an (incorrect) belief my more than 70 year-old Dad had about easing restrictions and what we could do, my irritation was obvious to him. Why was he not taking responsibility for himself and his own knowledge and reading the q and a on the DHHS website?
‘Now wait on,’ he cautioned me, adding. ‘I’ll read tomorrow’s (local) newspaper. I’m not looking at a website.’
That to him is foreign. So how else is he going to get his information? 3AW news grabs.
With a back ground in emergency management and an extreme anxiety and interest in not getting fined (or the coronavirus), I’m a voracious newshound and reader including of Q and A.
My Dad is not. And my more technology literate mother isn’t either.
Everyone makes their own decisions, based on the information they have, having checked the information with their peers, friends and community networks for sense making, logic and what they’ve heard.
Misinformation has been rife. Understanding is low and wishful thinking is rampant. Wilful misunderstanding is a reality.
But have we – the Government, Authorities, community networks, local government – done the best we could? No.
Have we done the best we could at the time with the information we had at the time? Maybe.
Is it acceptable this far in? No. That’s a failing.
Trying to parrot the rules to others, let alone following them, continues to be a challenge.
Shared responsibility and accountability may be the aim.
But blame shifting should not be.
I had to tamp down my impatience with my Dad, take a deep breath and come at it from a different understanding and approach aiming for the same outcome.
So should we all.