How is it that in a society that often speaks against bullying and “hate speech” has grown quite comfortable with mean-spiritedness? Name calling, slandering, demonizing, and ostracizing have become commonplace and seemingly justifiable. This is no less true when it comes to the current vaccinations.
I have friends who have been vaccinated, some who have not yet done so, and those who staunchly refuse to be —each having their own reasons. Yet, each are vilified for their decisions. But I ask, is a person’s character truly determined on the basis of whether they have been vaccinated or not?
I know of persons who have been vaccinated. As a result, they’ve been ostracized by some for their decision, labeled as “sheeple,” etc. On the flip side, those who refuse are criticized as being conspiracy theorists, uncaring, selfish, etc. However, just because a person is vaccinated, does this make him a mindless follower? Or just because a person refuses to get vaccinated, does this make him one who is void of compassion? Is vaccination the determining factor if one is a kind person who will lift you up if you fall? No? Then why are people so quick to criticize?
I have had medical personnel from Mayo Clinic tell me the seriousness of COVID. This being the case, if persons are vaccinated for the sake of peace of mind, are they merely followers? On the other hand, there are many legitimate questions surrounding COVID. Are persons bad for not trusting our government (it has not exactly shown itself to be trustworthy)?
Vaccination is a personal and private matter. Furthermore, persons should not be pestered or ostracized for their decision on the matter—especially when it comes to their character or intelligence being called into question. One can be a person of integrity or a bona fide jerk whether he is vaccinated or not. May we be respectful of person’s decisions in such matters.