From birth, children perceive of the world as revolving around them. Parents and others protect the young until they move past this immature view of how the world operates until they begin to understand that this self-center view doesn't work in the adult world. Recognizing a new view where your actions have consequences for others is important for becoming a mature adult. Unfortunately, many adults never mature to the point of developing a social conscience.
We see this immaturity in flags like the one shown above that convey the message that my individual rights are the only ones that matter. Viruses in a pandemic love to have an opportunity to thrive in such an immature population. Welcome to many parts of our country in 2021.