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Sometimes I just look at my brothers and wonder what the hell is wrong with them.

They are extremely intelligent and capable human beings…

For the most part. And then there are certain areas of life where I have no idea what they are thinking or doing. They make really stupid decisions based on avoiding their problems and it is difficult for me to respect their preference for ignorance over making informed decisions. This is why I was extremely upset with my brother last week when he decided he was going to hop on a plane and take a trip to a warmer climate. Don’t get me wrong, the outdoor air temperature around here is not great. It has been bitterly cold, windy, and snowing for several weeks already. Nobody is happy with being perpetually chilled. I don’t enjoy the feeling of our forced air furnace running non-stop, either. However, I also know better than to jump on a stuffy, unventilated airplane with our current situation with the virus pandemic. When I tried to talk to my brother about the dangers of taking this trip to a warmer climate I was shocked with his response. He looked at me innocently and proposed that airplanes probably have some of the highest quality indoor air, right? No… those metal tubes that fly through the sky have rudimentary ventilation systems with basic air filters. Otherwise, they are circulating the same indoor air that everyone has been breathing for hours on end. There is no fresh air, there is no HEPA air filtration system, and there is no UV disinfection to eradicate viruses. Why on Earth would you think that this was a smart idea?

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