Losing Our Humanity. My letter in today's Age.

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    "Being forced by the state to don an article of attire is bad enough in a free society, regardless of motivation. Equally bad is the humanity we are losing at the same time. Meeting other masked people in public has become an exercise in trying to guess their emotional state. Our faces convey so much of our feelings and state of mind. Are people you meet happy? Sad? Friendly? Who knows. We have become statues, with only muffled voices to communicate with. Humans are social animals and masks clearly compromise our interactions with others."
 
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