A few weeks ago I wrote a post that ticked some people off. It happens. And I’m OK with that. More than OK. I speak my mind. If you like it, great. If you don’t, you don’t have to read. And, of course, I’m a fan of polite and friendly discourse.
I have no interest in insulting your viewpoint. And just as little interest in someone else belittling mine. I just want open and honest dialogue. It’s what’s healthy. And I think it’s a problem our generation seems to not really care about very much at all.
I can pick apart most people’s arguments. And I can Google information with the best of ’em. But what’s the point if no one’s listening and everyone’s already made up their minds in advance?
I wish to clarify my position–what I feel strongly and don’t feel strongly about. And maybe for some, it will give a fresh perspective on the whole matter.
I Am Not Pro-Death
First off, I’m not pro-death. I don’t want anyone to die. I don’t want anyone to suffer. And I would love for this stupid ass pandemic to finally be something we’re observing in the rearview mirror.
I’m also not anti-vaccine. I got two jabs in my arm. Admittedly, I didn’t want to. And I certainly don’t want to be compelled to get a third. But if it’s protecting the vulnerable and for others it’s making them feel a whole lot safer, then be my guest. That is your choice, and I don’t begrudge it in the slightest.
But I don’t want to have a conversation about vaccines. Frankly, I’m bored of vaccine conversations.
I’ve given this a lot of thought. I’ve contemplated and contemplated until I was able to really boil down my perspective on so much of what’s happening in the world. There are two things I’m passionate about here:
A. I am anti-censorship.
B. And I am a powerful advocate of healthy lifestyles.
These mean more to me than just about anything, and I want to address them both at length.
I said a sentence in my previous article that bothered a lot of people. And I get it. Arguably, it was a stain on my perspective. Not because I didn’t believe it. But because it was so strongly worded that it distracted people from my primary point. I said, “I’d rather the population of the world gets ravaged by a vicious disease than live in a world in which these basic freedoms have been completely trampled upon.”
I don’t want anyone to die. But we as a society have fought way too long and way too hard to ignore the basic fundamentals of freedom of speech. Ignoring the signs that something is off is an incredibly slippery slope. And once we go down that path, I fear what happens next.
Our basic freedoms are what make the world great. Take them away and we enter a world I don’t want to be a part of. A world I don’t want to raise my children in. This pandemic has killed millions and will possibly kill millions more. But removing freedom from populations has killed so many more people, indiscriminately, and has the potential to be the most dangerous and terrifying phenomenon in my lifetime.Our basic freedoms are what make the world great. Take them away and we enter a world I don't want to be a part of. Click To Tweet
Misinformation vs The Narrative
Now, I know you may say that it’s essential to censor misinformation. And you’ve got a point. However, there are two fatal flaws in the argument.
First, they’re not just trying to censor misinformation. They’re censoring words that don’t support a narrative. That’s very different. When you remove people’s ability to discover real information and make educated decisions for themselves, you’ve basically just handed the government the ability to control all their actions and thoughts. It’s a terrifying proposition! And it won’t end well.
Second, even if it were only an attack on misinformation, who decides what’s right and wrong? If a medical doctor has a video speaking of cases of children suffering from myocarditis after receiving a vaccine, why would something like this be deemed false? Because someone has decided one doctor is right and another is wrong?
This is not an attack on spreading lies and malicious falsehoods. This is an attack on free speech in order to support a very specific agenda. And that agenda may indeed be vindicated by history. We might look back and be grateful for aggressive government overreach to help halt this pandemic.
But I doubt it.
And I certainly doubt it will end there. People in power are there because they love power. We’re handing them much more than we ever bargained for. And they’re not going to give it up very easily. Once they’re on top of the mountain, we’re likely stuck in a situation we really should have never let ourselves get into in the first place.
A Healthy Lifestyle
Now, I want to talk a bit about living a healthy lifestyle.
There’s a whole lot of talk about vaccinations in the world, and very little talk about how to legitimately be healthy. Not just not having a virus, but being healthy all the time.
I believe in exercising regularly. I believe in becoming educated about nutrition and enjoying extremely healthy foods. Every day. And I believe in getting adequate rest, living an active lifestyle, and taking care of your mental and emotional well-being.
You might say doing these things will not prevent Covid or lessen your chances of getting hurt or killed by the disease.
But you’re simply not correct.
I’m not saying don’t get vaccinated. I believe that’s your choice and yours alone.
But I am saying that you cannot legitimately claim to be concerned with your health if you don’t factor in all of the things I’m saying to do as well. That’s just nonsense talk. You’re fooling yourself.
The Better Advice
Your advice MIGHT protect you from Covid, and might lessen the severity of the disease. My advice might also prevent Covid or its severity. But it will also protect you from diabetes, heart disease, fatty liver disease, depression, and countless other ailments.
So who’s giving the better advice? And who is actually more concerned with your health and well-being?
Fact is, someone out there wants everyone vaccinated. Maybe it’s because of money. Maybe it’s because of power. Maybe it’s because of a genuine concern for everyone’s health and safety. But you’ve got to ask: If they’re really concerned with your health, where’s the other advice as well?
I’m sorry, but no one cares about your health. You probably don’t care about it very much either. Oh yes, you’re willing to get a shot and then treat everyone else around you like crap because you did what you were told. But nothing in the world of health comes quickly or easily. Your shot might keep you alive or off a ventilator in 2021. My push-ups and my broccoli might keep me alive and off the ventilator well into my 90s.
So, I’m sorry if you disagree with me.
No, scratch that. I encourage you to disagree with me. It would be hypocritical for me not to.
After all, my concern is free speech.
One of the healthiest concepts the world has ever known!
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