There are two things that I cannot tolerate in other people: egregious stupidity and selfish ignorance. Anti-vaxxers fall into both categories, they are a scourge on society, and I have absolutely no respect for them.Geoffrey wrote: ↑Sun Nov 12, 2023 12:03 am ...i too have noticed how pleasant it has become here in recent days; people joining in and sharing pictures. a good atmosphere will always be something to aim for.
i appreciate that you feel strongly about what i wrote. people do not always agree on everything, and perhaps life would be dull if they did. as long as there exists communication there exists hope...
Vaccinations have prevented millions of unnecessary deaths and have nearly eradicated many diseases and illnesses that used to wipe out vast numbers of people. Individuals who choose not to get vaccinated not only put themselves at risk (which is actually fine with me, for if they want to suffer and die from preventable illnesses, chalk up one for Darwin!), but the problem is that it is not all about them! They put the health of others at risk, too, for when those who refuse to get vaccinated catch something, they can easily pass it on to responsible vaccinated people who may not have strong immune systems, and which may then cause serious illness or even death in those unfortunate people.
There is also the issue of unvaccinated people getting sick with whatever they could have avoided if they'd had sense enough to get vaccinated, taking up valuable beds in hospitals due to their selfish ignorance. That was a scenario that happened in recent history with all those anti-vaxxers who caught Covid-19 and clogged up hospitals, postponing necessary surgeries and treatments -- and thus prolonging suffering -- for countless others. As I recall, Geoffrey, you were one of those anti-vaxxers who ended up being hospitalised: you seemed to trust medical science to take care of you and treat you when you collapsed, unable to breath because of your severe respiratory infection, and yet you apparently distrust medical science when it comes to preventable measures. Total hypocrisy!
It is bad enough to be against vaccinations, but to boast about it betrays a profound ignorance and arrogance, and a complete disregard for science, intelligence, and the welfare of others. I wonder how many people have been infected, suffered and died because of the thoughtless and irresponsible actions of those who refuse to get vaccinated? I hope that that thought makes anti-vaxxers feel proud of themselves when they gloat about not being vaccinated.
I am truly disgusted by this revelation, Geoffrey. To brush off my rejection of your anti-vaccination stance as a mere "disagreement", implying that it is simply a personal and subjective matter akin to what foods people like or what music they enjoy, and suggesting that failure to agree on such things makes life less dull, is shockingly reprehensible. Yes, life would be so much duller if fewer people got sick and died from preventable illnesses, but anti-vaxxers want more spice in life, so let's disagree about proven scientific and medical advancements, and bring on more needless suffering! There is no hope for people who boast about not being vaccinated (and who actually advocate it!), and no point in trying to "communicate" with them, for I am absolutely certain that they will completely ignore and disregard everything that I have written above. And yet, I feel that I have to say something against such willful and harmful ignorance. I see no reason to be nice for the sake of promoting a pleasant and good atmosphere, when toxic bullshit about vaccines is cavalierly being flung about.