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Stefanie Preissner: Is it time Ireland learned to speak out?

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Stefanie Preissner

Stefanie Preissner

Stefanie Preissner

Is it just me, or is anyone else getting overly concerned about other people's behaviour as we make our way in this new world of living alongside Covid-19?

I am the queen of conflict avoidance. I will run, wailing, away from anything that resembles confrontation. If anyone ever confronts me, I immediately go deaf. The blood rushes into my head, flushing my face, obscuring my ability to hear. It passes momentarily, and then the tears come. I have no interest in arguing with anyone, ever, about anything. I'd much rather walk away, have a cry and then start an unnecessary text conversation where intonation and meaning can get confused and mixed up, just to make everything worse.

It's a big and complicated decision whether or not to comment on a stranger's behaviour in a shared public space. I have watched and not said anything when someone doesn't clean up after their dog. I don't know what to say and I'm afraid of a sharp escalation and becoming suddenly out of my depth.