Reflecting on the polarizing nature of the pandemic. COVID-19 has brought not only the threat of the virus itself to our health but also a form of social divide on many different fronts of our everyday lives. From wearing masks to seeing them as a violation of our rights to the unfounded conspiracies surrounding vaccinations. Conversations and even friendships can feel trickier to navigate than ever. "Frank’s views were disturbing, a brazen assertion of white privilege. But with our fates more clearly tied together than ever, I needed to understand him." Anand Pandian shares this poignant reflection on his friendship with an anti-masker. Could they ever reach a middle ground?