Some of us trust big pharma, or scientists, but we are mostly not scientists. So, it is still about faith. Beyond our limited effort and capability to actually understand the science, we have to choose who to trust.
I often come down against the norm when I take positions against fluoride, and statin drugs, and anti-depressants. And I’m an anti-vax sympathizer.
But I’m not against vaccines. I am for the right of people to choose for themselves, and I am personally selective. I prioritize the vaccines that protect me from death or debilitation. It’s not my goal to avoid discomfort. To the extent that there is any risk to vaccines, I figure the more you take the greater the risk.
That’s why I don’t get the flu shot, or the shingles vaccine. I’ll take my chances.
But this I know:
4 million people have died of covid out of about 200 million cases.
I know some.
3 billion people have been vaccinated. How many deaths depends on who you ask, but it’s comparatively few.
And I don’t know any.
I don’t believe that people should be forced. If we want to get this done right, our challenge is to convince them. This is as true for vaccines, as it is for everything else. If we want the society we deserve, then we need to get people on board.
I don’t know if anyone can be convinced of anything these days. But I have faith that it’s possible.
So, I am here today simply to say, please live. Live to fight another day.