Does this happen to you? You’re talking to your friends, spouse, partner or sympathetic neighbor about how the world is doing and how it seems that people have just divided up strongly into two different camps. After a few back and fourths, one of you finally says ” How can these people be such idiots”or “They’re just stupid”. On face value, dismissing people because of their beliefs seems a bit harsh and judgemental. Most of us would like to believe that we’re rational beings, someone who looks carefully at any situation before taking a position on anything.
I’d like to think that I’m one of those people, but what comes out of the news these days has made “all bets off”. To me, it seems a fact that no matter what the cold hard facts are, that Republicans make up their own reality. To list but a few that seems irrafrutable would be that Trump won by a landslide, that actions by humans are not causing global warmng, that all the proposed new laws on the state level are meant to improve the voting system rather than repress the vote of POC and that the January 6th event was more like a tourist attraction and little or no harm was done to anyone. (5 people died and 140 police officers injured. Doesn’t sound like “a little” to me).
But this week something came to my attention that makes it hard not to call certain people idiots. As we all know, the pandemic has recently taken a big push upwards. The new cases have skyrocketed. Literally every new case is someone who hasn’t been vaccinated. Or to put it in the words of Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the Director of the CDC, this is a “pandemic of the unvaccinated.” Florida alone is responsible for 1 out of every 5 new cases. It should also be noted that Red States are the hot beds of this rise in numbers.
People who wish to remain unvaccinated are saying that its their body , so it should be their choice. Are they, therefore defending Roe V Wade?! A philosophical question is, should people be legally required to be vaccinated? It seems to me that by making the choice to remain unvaccinated that they’re choosing to endanger other unvaccinated people , including their young children. That can”t be morally right, right?
I can’t help myself but to conclude that these people are not using their brains. Tell me what you think.