This is not about writing; it’s about freedom. Freedom is what every human wants and deserves. Without freedom, we are slaves. Without freedom, we do not prosper. Without freedom, we do not have personal rights. I would give up everything for freedom.
Freedom is what my father, my grandfather and all veterans fought for in the great wars. Freedom is what our ancestors sought when they left countries where they were mere peasants under a monarch’s rule. Freedom is the ultimate goal in every society.
Fighting Against Freedom
There’s been horrible rumblings in society over the past ten months about taking away a person’s freedom to choose what goes into their body. I’m going to come right out and say this, and if you don’t like it, too bad.
This is my body. I decide what goes into it and what doesn’t. If you think otherwise and try to go against my choice, you’re in for a fight. I don’t care about your health as much as I care about mine. I’m not threatening my health to appease you. I am NOT responsible for your health – you are!
To think otherwise is foolish. To think otherwise means I have the right to tell you how to live your life to better your health. That means no more cigarettes or recreational drugs. No more three meals a day; you’re down to two. Watching TV for more than four hours a week? Not anymore. You don’t spend a minimum of two hours outside walking or doing another activity regardless of the weather? Get off the couch! Pig out on six donuts? Nope. Drink pop? Not on my watch.
Are you getting the picture?
People have used every device since the beginning of time to destroy their health, and they want me to destroy mine over an illness with a 99.5% survival rate.
Do you know, even the Spanish flu that allegedly killed millions lasted only two years and had no vaccine intervention?
But this post is not about what might kill us during our lifetime. It’s about freedom to choose during our lifetime.
Remember this: It’s easier to relinquish control to government;
difficult to get it back.
The best thing about Canada, nay North America, is our freedom. Only a fool would advocate for it to be taken away. But that’s what many are begging for. They want government to force us to put things into our body whether we want it or not.
The biggest problem with this isn’t the success or failure rate or the life-long illnesses resulting for some or those who will die from the treatment of such ‘medicines’. It’s the slippery slope the government exists on. It’s a vaccine today. Tomorrow, they may force people to give blood. Next year, mandatory organ donation instead of the volunteer system we now have.
Think I’m foolish? I don’t put anything past government. Just ten years ago, I didn’t think they’d be as insane and immature as they are, but they’ve proven me wrong.
If you want a vaccine for the flu, you have every right to get it; it’s your choice. After you’ve done your research, reading both sides of the argument and seeking out alternative sources (other than mainstream media) to learn all you can to make an informed decision, if you roll up your sleeve and get the shot, be at peace with your choice.
I will not shame you for doing so even if I disagree. After all, if the vaccine works like it’s supposed to, you will have a suit of armour against the flu while those who don’t get it will have no protection (except our immune system). You will be a warrior, fearless in public and have no worries about falling sick even if everyone is sick around you.
Take advantage of your freedom and choose wisely. Make the choice that suits you best.
But don’t dare think you have the right to make that choice for me.
Be kind to your future self.
Update: Tuesday December 15, 2020: I’ve closed comments on this post. There are strong opinions on both sides of the argument. I stand by mine. You stand by yours. In Canada, we have the freedom to do that.
I’ve spent several hours constructing responses to comments, and I don’t wish to spend more time or energy on this topic. Anything more and we’ll be going in circles and repeating what has already been said. I have a life to live, and this negative energy is not good for my health. I have better things to think about, such as making cookies, finishing the duck house and writing my next book.
Let’s return to this topic in two years and see what hindsight gives us. Enjoy this moment. It’s all we ever get.