It's very frustrating that so many people refer to "wearing masks forever." It's just not helpful. If you want to have a more rational conversation, it might be helpful to think about what "forever" really means here. Something like, "Otherwise, we'd be wearing masks for almost another full year" or "Or "otherwise, we'd be wearing masks until the WHO declares that they are not necessary." Or "Otherwise, we'd be wearing masks until children can be vaccinated." It might help to have a clearer discussion if these hyperbolic statements were reconsidered.
I guarantee that very few people are envisioning mask wearing into the year 3000 and beyond.
In the absence of political polarization on the topic, one of the major scientific takeaways of the pandemic is that masks actually are an effective tool for mitigating airborne transmission of respiratory viruses. We really should see masking for people who are ill or who are likely to be ill as a social norm going forward.