I found something while cruising through Facebook, something I do very rarely nowadays as it seems to have become a forum for people to argue about their respective opinions. But one of my long-time friends posted an image that I know has been circulating, and it felt important enough to warrant my sharing it here. Here it is…
It’s a pretty short read, only a few paragraphs, but it illustrates an important point. The past year and a half has created a rift in society. Not that there hasn’t always been rifts, but this is something special because it’s world-wide. I’ve seen people first-hand, who have refused to wear masks when REQUIRED, not requested but required by law to do so. The constant debate from anti-vaxxers is becoming real old, especially when paired with the fact that a certain level of the overall population needs to be vaccinated in order to stem the spread of the virus.
And yes, we can debate the issue of whether it prevents you from catching the virus and how it works in relation to the variants and all that good stuff until we’re blue in the face. But ultimately, it doesn’t change the fact that as responsible, civilized people, we have a duty to not only ensure our own safety and well-being, but doing what we can to ensure the safety and well-being of others, as well. This reminds me of this other image I found, posted by one of my other friends on Facebook…
I’m ashamed to admit that my personal view has led me to unfollow people online that I’ve been friends with for a decade or more. Sometimes, the negativity, conspiracy theories and arguments simply get to be too much. And obviously, the choice to get vaccinated and wear protective equipment, masks or otherwise, is a personal choice. But when the the choice of whether you do or don’t affects the people and world around you, can you ever, truly say that it’s ONLY personal? And can you live with the choice if you know you’re affecting the rest of the world? I don’t have an answer; I’m just one voice among billions. But it’s definitely food for thought…☯️
2 thoughts on “Shared Responsibility…”
A shame nobody else has commented here.
As somebody who got recently exposed thanks to a jackwagon who felt he was above concern for society, I can relate here completely. I’m just glad we were vaccinated. No real impact because of that.
Regarding unfollowing people, etc… I’m fairly tolerant of people expressing concerns about how everything went down. The vaccine came together in record time when we haven’t been able to come up with a cure for anything in 65 years. Immediately after it’s out, Pfizer tells it’s stockholders they see huge potential to monetize it with booster shots, etc… Numbers have been fudged on BOTH sides of the issue, but not enough for anyone to blatantly be able to call BS. So, I get people not knowing who to trust and what to believe.
It’s the extremes that piss me off. It’s MY RIGHT to walk around infecting others. It’s all fake! It’s an Illuminati conspiracy! And let’s not forget the other end where people are advocating anyone who disagrees with the vaccine should be shot or put in concentration camps. Idiocy, all of it. And put out there with such venom and contempt for their fellow (hu)man.
The Illuminati style conspiracy theories are the saddest. Do the people spouting them even realize that IF there is an Illuminati AND it’s so well organized and in control that it can pull something on THAT level off, we’re all beyond completely screwed anyway.
I agree, and it’s the extremes to which I’m referring in my post. For example, I have the one friend who’s completely devoted to family and their safety, yet ignores/refuses any of the health regulations we have in place up here (or had, now). And as much as I would view that as free choice, it’s when they start verbally attacking/denouncing those who have chosen to vaccinate and/or wear a mask.
I had someone who posted a meme on their Facebook profile that explained it perfectly, about how some people claim that they could recover from COVID-19 so they’d take their chances as opposed to getting vaccinated, to which the other person replied that although they MAY recover from it, they may also carry it to someone vulnerable who can’t. And it’s not always about you. Unfortunately, some people can’t see clearly past themselves.