I have had few responses to yesterday’s newsletter but one was strongly negative, feeling that I was trying to persuade her to go against what her body was telling her and convince her to get the Covid vaccine. Perhaps this was your perception as well and also feel a sense of disappointment or anger that I would be trying to influence you in any way.
Here is a portion of my response to her – and to you.
Thank you for your thoughtful and very personal email. I appreciate what you are saying and the sharing of your response. Despite what it may have sounded like in the newsletter, I continue to support everyone’s individual choice regarding the covid vaccine. I also feel we are being imposed upon by substances that haven’t stood the course of time and yet here it is. People continue to contract Covid and die, new waves come out and fear continues to run the show, with vaccines being touted as the best and only way to bring an end to this. Do I agree with this? No, I think other means to address Covid would have been equally if not more effective, but I don’t run the show. Do I think people should have the choice to wait before vaccinating? Absolutely, and information on both sides of the argument should be freely shared. And down the road, there will be a lot of hindsight that may or may not acknowledge that but in the meantime the seas continue to shift and we must each find our own anchor.
There are definitely those who shouldn’t receive the vaccine because it will cause harm to them physically (perhaps you are one) and listening to that inner wisdom is what’s most important. But for those people who feel antipathy to getting the shots yet are being strongly urged to (by family, society, governments etc) and don’t want to suffer the increasing limitations being imposed upon them, this newsletter offered some thoughts or considerations to possibly help them find a way.
I hear your points regarding genocide and slavery and that this thinking could be a slippery slope. Thank goodness we aren’t living in a society that is demanding such atrocities of us. But many believe that those who choose to remain unvaccinated are perpetuating the death of many more through on-going waves of covid. So the argument goes both ways.
This is a tough time and we must each explore our passage through individually, while also respecting the collective. Having lost my own father to Covid, I know it to be a powerful force that is impervious to boundaries – and also am fully aware that vaccines carry a force whose potential is still largely unknown. Difficult choices, and no one should do what they feel is wrong for themselves. Please know I support wherever you stand and thank you for being honest.