“It is a very difficult decision for all parents because we live in a society that values profit over public health.”
“It’s more like listening to what other mothers were saying…
There was a … huge amount of evidence that it was harmful. Even if there weren’t ways that we could scientifically prove it, it was just talking from one mother to another.”
“Doctors do not do their own research, they are heavily brain-washed when they end school with this idea that it is all good and then they do not question it much themselves”.
“A beautiful child went to have a vaccine and came back and a week later he had a tremendous fever, got very, very sick and now is autistic”
Well, the scope of this post goes way beyond the dispute between the vaxxers and the skeptics.
As a matter of fact, at face value all the four quotes I started with are spot on.
Most autistic children living in the so called civilized world have been immunized before having been diagnosed, both the doctors and the anti-vaxxers have been ‘brain-washed’ by their peers into holding to their current beliefs while very few of them have conducted any independent scientific research into the matter and yes, we do seem to live in a society which values profit over public health.
“Talking about morality in a class about nationalism is sort of like talking about modesty in a swingers club or moderation in a crack house.”
John Faithful Hammer
Absolutely brilliant observation!
I haven’t tried swinging but I imagine that each of the participants does exert a certain form of ‘modestly’, otherwise they would be rapidly kicked out by the rest.
Similarly, no crack addict would survive even his first ‘session’ without being actually ‘moderate’.
As for ‘nationalism’… well, there is nothing wrong when people stick together in an attempt to lead a decent life, in close cooperation with the other nations.
Nationalism becomes dangerous, a.k.a. immoral, only when the people promoting it attempt to lead a (more) than decent life at the expense of all those who happen to live around them. The ‘funny’ part being, of course, the fact that this kind of nationalism invariably leads to tragedy. Mostly for those foolish enough to ‘swallow’ it, but not exclusively.
I keep hearing about capitalism having failed us.
I’m afraid this is not possible.
Capitalism cannot fail, simply because it is nothing but a human concept.
It is us who are failing.
It was us who had identified the concept, used it properly for a while and then replaced it, tacitly, with another.
‘Capitalism’ worked wonders, as long as we applied it ‘as advertised’, while ‘monetarism’ – the surrogate we allowed to creep in where capitalism used to stand proudly, has started to unveil its ugly face.
You see, capitalism used to be about ‘faith’. We trusted that ‘the other’ would honestly attempt to meet his end of the bargain. That’s why we used to enter into business deals which were designed (a.k.a. negotiated) to meet our respective needs. We were doing this simply because we had understood that a good deal today – good for both of us, that was, would mean at least another good deal tomorrow.
For some reason – bad money drives out good, capitalism is being replaced, slowly but too fast, by monetarism.
Too many of us start ‘businesses’ with the sole goal of ripping their ‘partners’ of as much money as they possibly can. Legally or otherwise.
Without understanding – or caring, even, that they are actually slaughtering the goose with the golden eggs. Capitalism itself.
People are very passionate when discussing about their future and their rights.
As they should be.
Children are a very strong ‘avatar’ for our future while the rights to live and to freely dispose of our bodies two of the most important rights.
And this is where things get really complicated.
Some people advocate mandatory vaccination against the most dangerous diseases.
Some people advocate women’s absolute freedom to have an abortion – a few of them extending this right up to the last moment of the pregnancy.
Other people believe that vaccines are mostly benefiting the big pharma and choose not to immunize their children.
Other people believe in the absolute right of the fetus to live – so much so that some of them would even ban all contraceptive methods.
The ‘interesting’ thing here is how this four categories of people intersect each-other.
A lot of the people who advocate women’s right to have abortions also advocate the mandatory vaccination of children while a lot of people who consider abortion a mortal sin also consider vaccination to be inspired by the devil.
Now let me get this straight.
You have the right to ‘kill’ your baby inside the womb but you should not be allowed to let them die of a preventable infectious disease?
You are to defend a fetus, at all costs and against all consequences for the mother, as long as they inhabit the womb only to let them catch whatever preventable infectious disease might come across their path?
Consistency is over-rated?
We really need to restart using our common sense?