Last night, I got into a heated discussion about the safety and efficacy of Covid-19 “vaccines” with a couple of my family members. Not one to shirk away from debates and definitely not one to be confounded by talking points, I almost always give back twice as much as I receive and I also have a take-no-prisoner disposition when it comes to debates. However, after the contest of ideas ended and in the stillness of my mind while trying to fall asleep, I started reflecting about the back and forth I had with loved ones which led me a wider contemplation about the state of public discourse in the context of mass-vaccinations and the polarization that has seeped into not only politics but our social interactions to the point of creating frictions between loved ones.
Let me admit from the outset that I stand guilty as anyone for contributing to the spirit of antagonism that is fracturing families and breaking apart relationships that heretofore have withstood the tests of time. Watching how mainstream media has decided to run interference for biotech corporations and only present one side of the story, I have made it a point to forcefully speak out and advance the information that the supposed “free-press” is refusing to air. But in my passion to broadcast the CDC and biotech corporations’ confessed truths about the much ballyhooed injections, on one too many occasions I have countered snark with the tenacity of a tiger shark even though I know that responding in kind to taunts is a fool’s errand that distracts more than it sheds light.
Yes, the same way that America gave blankets to Native Americans to keep them from freezing…. https://t.co/uXKpWAs96J
— Teodrose Fikremariam (@Teodrose_Fikre) April 29, 2021
I should be more forbearing because I know that people who decide to get jabbed are doing so not because they are sheep but because they are frightened and think they are making the best decision to protect themselves and their loved ones. Fourteen months into a pandemic that emerged mysteriously in Wuhan and cascaded throughout the world and the endless lockdowns, social isolations and masking mandates it paved the way for have frayed nerves and put everyone on edge. To exacerbate matters, the issue of genetically engineered boosters has splintered society between “vaccine” enthusiasts and experimental-cocktail doubters. The longer this dreaded pandemic drags on, the more impassioned each side gets as we take turns dismissing one another and ridiculing precepts that all of us formed with half-information at best.
A little bit of humility would go a long way in mending broken fences and healing relationships that are teetering on the precipice. As much as I have researched mRNA technology and interviewed countless doctors, the truth is that I cannot say with absolute certainty what will happen to people who get jabbed in the coming months and years. In fact, as much as I publish articles that detail the short and long-term risks of these “vaccines” that have been borne out during past studies on ferrets and cats, I fervently hope that my warnings never come to pass. The last thing I want is to be proven right only to end up depressed as I watch those closest to me who got injected feel the fallout. In all honesty, it was easier to write about the “vaccines” when they were not available for the broader public; now that my own family members have joined the ranks of the jabbed, there is a level of cognitive dissonance I go through as I highlight the perils of manipulating ribosomes to produce spiked proteins while praying that nothing happens to my own kin.
What is needed more than ever is compassion; no matter how much we might disagree about these “vaccines”, we are not each others enemies. There are some with vast fortunes and vaster influence who love it when we bicker and when there is strife among the proletariat but for the rest of us—the marginalized super-majority of humanity—we only do a disservice to justice and shoot ourselves in the foot when we throw bricks at each other instead of coming together to demand governmental policies that alleviate our suffering. As heinous as Covid-19 has been, it pales in comparison to the number one killer of humanity which is planned poverty. Alas, we claw at each other like crabs instead of clawing at the barrel that is oppressing all.
Like Martin Luther King once noted wisely, “darkness cannot drive out darkness neither can anger drive out anger, only love can do that”. I know this to be true yet the pull of the ego is stronger than the push of my heart; when I feel a tinge of slight—far too many times for my liking—I try to drive out disrespect with disrespectfulness only to be consumed by wrath. It feels good in the moment to return fire with fire but in the end the only ones who profit are the match manufacturers. Human beings do best when we have a sense of community and when we are in close proximity to others; solitude wrought by an ever distant lifestyle that has conditioned us to seek likes on social media while we forgo the love of others in reality has been compounded by the desolation of social distancing and lockdowns. We gain nothing and lose every time when we let antipathy infect our hearts.
Because life has a sense of humor and exposes our pieties, in the midst of writing this article, one of my friends on Twitter DM’s me the tweet below from Walker Bragman. I immediately saw red and I paused writing so I could lash into Walker and counter his poisonous tweet with venom of my own. But I thought the better of it; what good will come from latching on to his last name like I wanted and lampooning his take? Instead of valuing deep insights and deliberate thoughts, we assign worth to hot takes and throwing shades. Rather than being adults at a time that desperately calls for maturity, we keep reverting to juvenile antics only to roughen a discourse that is already too coarse.
If you have any sort of platform, pushing anti-vax bullshit when nearly 600k Americans have died from COVID is fucking monstrous.
— Walker Bragman (@WalkerBragman) May 4, 2021
I hope I am not coming across as preachy because this missive is intended for the author as much as it is written for the readers. Three days ago, I wrote an article extoling the virtues of empathy and noting that—outside of a fraction of humanity—most of us, irrespective of our identities or ideologies, are in the same boat. Yet less than 48 hours later, I wrote an article rebuking the logic of “vaccinating” children where I called people who got jabbed lab animals. It’s one thing to condemn politicians and bureaucrats who sit at policy tables and the opulent few who rent them chairs, but it’s a bridge too far to deride people who are powerless like me because they have divergent thoughts. Though I will occasionally fail because a lifetime of learned habits cannot be shed overnight, I will be more mindful going forward to give grace to people who are making personal decisions no matter how much I might disagree with their viewpoints. Let us learn to debate without debasing one another and if we must let us disagree without being disagreeable.Whatever decision we make with respect to the 'vaccines', we are on this journey together and only through unity can we address the consequences to come once the dust of C0vid-19 finally settles. #VaccineDebates Click To Tweet
The last thing we need now is dissension; I feel as though the next 6-8 months will be even more traumatic than the year plus of tribulations we have endured thus far. This is inevitable no matter which side is right; either those who got “vaccinated” will feel the weight of their decision or those of us who opted out will bear the burdens of our indecision. Bashing one another over our differences and trying to convince the other side that they are wrong will do nothing to deliver us from this pestilence that has enveloped our planet. “Vaccinated” or not, let us be kind and let us treat dissimilar opinions not as opportunities to pounce but openings to talk to each other without malice in our hearts. We are already saddled by the anxieties of this pandemic and the fear of what is coming next, let us not multiply angst by shellacking others who are struggling just like us.
Without empathy, all acts of charity and concern for humanity are empty::
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