Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Shiny Glitzy Things

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“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” - J. R. R. Tolkien

I've been having trouble writing lately.  I typically write about issues I care about passionately, but I'm just not feeling it boys and girls.  Caring about the important things seems to be going out of style.  Think about it.

  • Mitch McConnell admits, verbally, Washington needs to raise the debt ceiling to avoid economic upheaval.  Yet, he's threatening to filibuster, knowing the chaos which a federal default and shutdown will cause. 
  • Even with a Democrat in the White House, we're still exporting asylum seekers by the thousands.  Yet, since it's no longer Trump's administration in charge, there's not the same outrage over the atrocities being perpetrated. 
  • According to worldometers.info, as of 09/28/2021-4:39:15pm pst, 757,710 Americans have died of Covid-19.  Yet, 40% of us can't be bothered to get a shot in the arm in order to stem the tide of the pandemic. 
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Yes folks, apathy has become the in thing.  No...  Wait...  This just in; it appears to be over for "Real Housewife" Vicki Gunvalson and her long time beau, Steve Lodge.  We care about that.  Oh and, Senator Ted Cruz has dedicated his time to leading the charge to get Britney Spears out of prison.  That's important. 

Maybe we're not so much apathetic as we are immature.  Things without glitz and sparkly pieces don't hold our attention.  Hundreds of thousands of people are dying of a disease we could squelch if 70% of us became vaccinated, but let's make sure the pop star doesn't have to serve her full stint. 

Friday, August 13, 2021

The Needs Of The Many Vs The Rights Of The One


"I don't believe in quotas. America was founded on a philosophy of individual rights, not group rights." ~ Justice Clarence Thomas



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According to the CDC and the scientific community, the pandemic won't be over until 70+% of the population is vaccinated against Covid-19.  Unfortunately, the United States of America has stagnated at 59%.

A few months ago businesses and states incentivized vaccinations by offering discounts and entrances into million dollar lotteries to people who had been vaccinated. On June 20th, Madison Square Garden reopened with a Foo Fighters concert strictly for vaccinated fans.  It didn't work. 

Now, there's talk of requiring people to get vaccinated.  Some are advocating for tax penalties for not being vaccinated.  Employers, public and private, are requiring employees to get the shots. 

I believe in science, and I understand we need to hit the 70% threshold before we can putting this nightmare behind us.  I got my shots; I get it.  That being said, I have real trouble with forcing citizens to put a substance into their bodies. 

I've been torn on this issue for quite some time.  Part of me is for doing what we need to do, by hook or by crook, in order to benefit the greater good; "needs of the many," and all that.  However, the other part of me is screaming in my head about the rights of the individual.  Damn if the screaming part of me doesn't have a point, inconvenient though it is.

As Americans, we've been taught to take pride in the fact that we live in a country which founded with the rights of the individual in mind.  We celebrate the concept with fireworks and barbecued chickens every July 4th.  It's what we say we're about.  As dire as the situation is, I'm not sure we can compel compliance without abandoning what the value which defines us as Americans. 

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Touching Base With My Readers

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Now, this is a current events blog, so let me ask a question.

Science tells us we won't be out from under the menace of COVID-19 until %70 of the global population has been vaccinated, yet many people claim they have the right as an individual to refuse the vaccine. At what point do the needs of society eclipse the rights of the individual? Can we force people to be vaccinated?

Monday, June 28, 2021

Disagreement Doesn’t Necessarily Equal Stupidity

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I seem to be writing about humanity's deficits of character lately.  While I don't claim to be a moral authority, in any way, I've noticed some trends, lately, which really bother me.  Over on my Liberal Christian blog I just wrote about our willingness to hate, and this piece feels like a companion to it.  We have a bad habit, me included, which leads to division within society.  When we take a position, we tend to write off people who take the opposing viewpoint as being "stupid."






















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Perhaps the most relevant expression of this judgmental phenomenon involves COVID-19 vaccinations.

To vax, or not to vax, that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of COVID-19, 
Or to take arms against possible contraction 
And by vaxing remove my mask... 

Personally, I'm tired of wearing a mask and having things closed, so I was eager to get the shot.  Some believe I'm gullible and stupid for obeying the government and medical community. 

On the flip side, my best friend, of twelve years, WILL NOT be vaccinated.  She doesn’t want to put something into her body, which she's not sure of.  Some people think that makes her stupid. 

I don't think either of us stupid. 

When I have trouble with my computer, I consult the experts at Geek Squad.  When I have a question about a recipe, I consult a cookbook written by experts.  And, when I have a question about my health I listen to medical experts, aka doctors.  It's what experts are for.   Thus, I believe a 70% vaccination rate is our best and only road back to normality, because that's what the experts are telling me.

I don't agree with my friend, but she has a point.  For obvious reasons, these vaccines were rushed to the public.   We don't know what the long term effects of these shots are.  For all we know, the "anti-vaxxers" will be laughing, in five years, when those of us who took the shots start growing third eyes and craving salt.  I don't think it'll happen, but I can’t say people are stupid for being skittish.

Writing "the other side" off as stupid, and dismissing their point of view as being stupid, it makes it easy to devalue the people with that point of view.  It's much easier to hate a person once we've devalued them. 

Acknowledging the validity of another point of view isn't the same as agreeing with it.  A person can understand another point of view while holding onto their own.