‘Inject this into your body, or we will get your employer to fire you and your family might starve to death because no one will risk hiring you’.
– Democracies everywhere
Jesus. How did we get here?
Let me say right near the beginning somewhere that I am pro-vaccine. I am also pro-choice… and having (any) government forcing you to get shot up with something you don’t want… I will never get behind that. Ever.
But the un-vaccinated are selfish and will just continue to churn out new variants and clog up hospitals. We need to get everyone on board or our lives will never get back to normal. It’ll just be an endless cycle of boosters, masks and lock-downs and…
Sure. That certainly is a possibility… you know that you need to get almost the entire world vaccinated to get this to work right? At least the variant churn part of it. Having your first world population totally vaxxed while your third world neighbor is incubating the next generation ‘smart’ variants just kicks the can down the road.
I should probably also say that I’ve had COVID (before I was eligible for a shot), and while I likely had the mildest form of it, I know people that are stronger and healthier than me that have gotten absolutely wrecked by this virus. I often wonder why I got the ‘meh’ version and other peeps are in ICU with bubbles on their lungs five days in. One of my wife’s clients, the CFO of a listed company (who competes in Ironman) was in ICU for a month and a half and while he’s now at home the scar tissue on his lungs is so bad he is still on oxygen for 16hrs a day. We all got COVID more or less at the same time, not to mention all people we know who have died.
I took Ivermectin though. And if I would have access to monoclonal antibodies and vitamin drips I totally would have done that too. Is that why I got the ‘meh’ version? I have no idea.
Anyways, I digress.
Am I worried about vaccine side effects or long term side effects? No, not really. Although, last week someone we know quite well went into anaphylactic shock after their J&J shot and spent the afternoon in the ER on a drip. Still, I am likely ingesting far ‘worse’ things on a daily basis than a mRNA vaccine. The pesticides on my genetically modified mono-culture souped up with all manner of kooky fertilizers in unregulated third world countries to go along with all the growth hormones and antibiotics in my bacon. Plus all the crap that is my deodorant, toothpaste, municipal water… pretty much all the fabrics I wear and all the packaging my food comes in. I’ve managed to develop a blind-spot for all the other stuff that’s killing me (and the planet) why should this be any different?
I mean if you asked me what I think, then I’d say you should definitely get the vaccine. But really, you should be allowed to do what you want and it shouldn’t matter what I think. And yes, I accept that your unwillingness to get vaccinated might put me at risk in the future… but I accept all manner of other inter-personal risks every day when I step outside my house. I mean I hope you’re nice enough NOT to t-bone me at the intersection… but its certainly a possibility.
So what about private companies choosing to ban the un-vaccinated or employ only vaccinated staff?
Hmm. Sure. I can get behind that. Private companies should be allowed to make decisions like this… where it gets seriously uncomfortably for me is when the government starts forcing companies to behave in certain ways by threatening to fine them or otherwise harm them if they don’t tow the party line.
So how would you solve the problem smarty-pants? Well… lets assume storm-troopers coming to your domicile, holding you and your family down and injecting you with drugs is off the cards. And that you’re not going to need a vaccine-passport to visit the grocery store (which you may well soon need). I think the real question we need to ask ourselves is why so many people distrust their government, the organization that (supposedly) has their best interests at heart. And aren’t the big bio-pharma companies all just evil cunts?
Case in point Pfizer, whose vaccine I took, I think are the recipients of the biggest fine (or one of the biggest fines) in the US for being evil cunts. But you know, ‘trust us on the vaccine stuff’… also rich countries and organizations who won’t release patent rights, even when they promised they would (looking at you Oxford) even if that means saving millions of lives. Definitely something there we could focus on.
Truth is more homogeneous, smaller societies with governments that are more trusted by their populations have done better at this. And also the crazy evil autocracies… so there’s that. Some of our institutions are insanely crap (WHO’d that be) and the paragons that get chosen to lead the charge (looking at your Fauci) are not the upright exemplars they appeared to be. Then the media are just mad, case in point when Joe Rogan recently got Covid, the unbridled glee that some left leaning publications had in their coverage was truly sickening. The fact that he got better in three days receives ZERO coverage.
So you have all this arrayed against you, government, media and big pharma… but then they feel surprised and aggrieved and hurt even that the attitude from a large part of the populous is ‘fuck you’.