Perhaps I am unique in this, but I find the arguments around the pandemic panic induced vaccine hysteria quite interesting, not for what they appear to be, but what the arguments really are about.
The arguments, as popularly stated, are allegedly based on the selfishness and ignorance of the people who choose not to be vaccinated. They begin from the premise that the unvaccinated present not only a serious risk to the vaccinated, but a potentially deadly risk.
“Do the right thing for your community”, the self-righteous vaccinated say. “Get your poke and put on your mask, go back to social distancing, and stay at home or we are all gonna die!”
It never dawns on them that making this argument is the very reason people see the vaccinations as a sham. The new “Paper of Record” in America, the Babylon Bee, summed this up in a headline a few weeks ago, writing “To Defeat Delta Variant, Experts Recommend Doing All The Things That Didn’t Work The First Time”.
A little application of basic reasoning would lead a rational person to say, “Whachu talkin’ ‘bout, Willis?”
We get the shots, but are still vulnerable to the virus, plus we are going to be required to do the same things we did before we got the shot? What’s the damn point?
Those questions have nothing to do with the efficacy of the vaccine or anything else other than trying to resolve the contradictions in the statements of the government and those of the vaccinated scolds.
Given these unresolvable contradictions, one must consider that there are other motivations at work here. Some I have deduced are, but not limited to, the following:
- A desire to be socially validated by other vaccinated cool kids
- A desire to be validated by the authorities
- An irrational fear of risk and how to manage risk
- A fundamental lack of understanding data
- A fear that the vaccines don’t really work
- A fear that if the vaccines don’t really work and the vaccinated person gets sick, there will not be a hospital resources available for them
- A desire to be seen as superior to others – smarter, more moral, more fit for participating in “modern” society
Every one of the preceding motivations does indicate a state of selfishness, but not on the part of the unvaccinated – it is the vaccinated who are the selfish.
There was a particular letter to the editor in our local paper, the Park Record, that included the statement, and I quote: “Personal freedom ends when it puts another at risk.”
Dear God. This person took the time to write this down and email it to the editors. Too bad they didn’t think about what it really means before they did.
Imagine this applied to the flu or even to driving a car.
Brain dead morons. They walk among us – and they are hangry.