And the hell with everybody else.
I grew up in a world where people were supportive of each other, regardless of political viewpoint. If you were a liberal, conservatives might look at you side-eyed and shake their heads, but they supported you as a human being. They might talk about you behind your back, call you a ‘quare’ bird, but it was usually in whispers and in all honesty, where I grew up there were few liberals…still are few liberals.
I don’t know where that world has gone. I hope, pray, that it is just a vocal minority but they seem to have developed a loud “hooray for me and the hell with everybody else” attitude. Sounds selfish to me but then who am I to accuse? I’ll just say if the shoe fits wear it. It is my opinion.
The most vocal don’t believe that falling sick to Covid is worse than getting the vaccine or the “jab” as they like to call it. I detest hearing “I don’t need it. God will call me home when he deems it is time.” I hate hearing “It is no worse than the flu.” Some three hundred and fifty thousand more were called to their heavenly home in 2020 than in 2019 and we seem to be on a similar schedule for 2021.
Where does free will fit into this? If I choose to roller-skate on a crowded boulevard during rush hour and am crushed by a beer truck, is that God’s will? Where does “data” figure into this? “Oh, don’t waste my time with data, my mind is made up. There is a chance I’ll survive and if I don’t, it’s God’s will.” Not my god.
It appears that some of the same vocal minority believe storms, wildfires, and changes in climate patterns are a symptom of an angry god rather than the prodrome of a sick planet. Yep, science is for sissies, and New York got flooded because of liberal leadership despite the fact Ida traveled from New Orleans to New York over several conservative states.
Somehow the liberal media and all the world’s liberal leaders have figured out a way to keep a secret. A worldwide plot to eradicate conservatism with facemasks, vaccines, windmills, and solar panels. Covid and Climate Change are all hoaxes or a plot. All we must do is take vitamins, exercise, eat well, and sweep out our forests. If that doesn’t work, animal dewormer…yeah, I know they make it for humans too…for parasites. Just say no to windmills and solar panels while you are at it.
I’m trying to picture my parents, Ernest and Eldora Miller, members of the “Greatest Generation”, standing in a picket line, or screaming at a school board about the evils of Satan’s mask mandate and waving placards denouncing returns to Marx’s virtual learning. I can’t picture it because it would have never happened. It is almost too humorous to consider.
Lord help us if someone mentions “lockdown.” Oh, that slippery slope toward communism.
How did wearing a mask or getting a “jab” lead us to arguments about freedom? Do you want the freedom to infect your family, friends, and the old guy you passed in the checkout at Wally World?
Why are we not supportive of humankind? Somehow humankind has become a triggering word too. Why should we worry about people in other parts of the world not named Afghanistan? That pesky, “Love thy neighbor” thing in the Bible?
Does this mean my parents were unaware at best or stupid at worst? No, they were concerned about their family, friends, neighbors, and people they had never met. Old Ernest and Eldora saw a way to make life better for all. They were concerned about the human collective except the most vocal will take offense to me using the word collective. Collective is just too close to communal, and we all know where communal leads. To the great communist devil hiding under our beds.
Somewhere in the dimly lit past, I remember loading up after church into our 1953 Ford Customline and driving to our small school, standing in line with all the people I had just been in church with at the cafeteria. My parents, grandparents, brother, and me. Why? To eat lunch? No. To receive the Salk vaccine on a sugar cube. No one was protesting and polio disappeared. Imagine that and I grew up in a most conservative place. There was no discussion of mandates. There didn’t need to be.
What happened to us?
Commander Spock of Star Trek fame uttered these words in the movie “The Wrath of Khan,” “Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” Captain Kirk answers, “Or the one.” I agree with Spock even though he was a fictional character.
Many will say that Spock’s utterance is too utilitarian, the doctrine that an action is right if it promotes safety and happiness, and that the greatest happiness of the greatest number should be the guiding principle of conduct. I certainly believe sacrificing oneself for the greater good is an individual choice but no one, not me or anyone else, is asking you to sacrifice your life. I believe the data supports that and they are not going to take your guns either.
Do some people have potentially deadly issues with the vaccine and is it worth the fear? Sure, but a very small percentage, 0.0017 percent have died after taking the vaccine through June 14, 2021. People died from the polio vaccine. Look up the Cutter Incident and it was caused by a mistake.
Do the vaccinated still catch Covid? Yes, but look at the vaccination numbers versus unvaccinated and the recovery rate. YOU LOOK IT UP. The data shows you are much more likely to recover if you do get it and are less likely to get it, period.
For those from the “Don’t confuse me with the facts group”, it would appear, logic has disappeared, worse, it appears logic is purposely being distorted. That worries me the most. People are getting sick. People are dying because hospitals are being filled with the unvaccinated.
To be clear. Do mandates take away freedoms? Of course. What I’m saying is, we shouldn’t even have to mention mandates.
Don Miller writes on various subjects, mostly uplifting non-rants. His author’s page may be accessed at https://www.amazon.com/Don-Miller/e/B018IT38GM?fbclid=IwAR1smB-fmScUP0JbtXJZaCzDQXYPuJKLT-n4oLUE6ojWkNkHcug5ZFWD8DE