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Tuesday Cannon Fodder: fatigue

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Y’all, I’m tired. Is anybody else tired? The last 18+ months and everything that has gone on has me exhausted. I’d love to have several weeks (or months, or years) of “normal” — whatever that even means at this point.

But I can’t and we can’t escape it.

“Five England National Team players have not been vaccinated”
“Only 7 Premier League squads have more than half their players vaccinated”

Again and again, people have failed in their duty to each other and to society. And I’m just worn out by it. There are only so many different ways to rearrange the words to try to communicate the same message, and it feels like I’ve long since tried them all.

As many have said over the last half-decade about a host of different topics, “I don’t know how to explain to someone that they should care about other people.”

And our governing bodies have failed, too. The FA and Gareth Southgate could easily have decided that if you aren’t vaccinated, you don’t get an England call-up. But winning matters more than public health, apparently. Heck, the Premier League could have mandated that all players get vaccinated or have a legitimate excuse to play. They didn’t. The same goes for FIFA, who is reportedly considering lifting all sorts of different vaccination requirements for players and attendees at the upcoming World Cup.

It’s catastrophic amounts of failure at all levels. And sometimes, I really don’t know where we go from here.