In view of the many moronic things being said all over the media–both by people like Donald “I’m an lying, racist, bigotted asshole” Trump, and the “let’s go back to the times of the wild, wild frontier, and carry guns everywhere” sheriffs, universities, et al¹–it’s incredibly refreshing to see a young man, who actually would have cause to be bitterly biased against an entire group of people, stop to think, and then speak out.
Yesterday yet another (poorly formatted) piece ‘debunking’ a number of vaccine myths was posted to nbcnews. With such help, no wonder so much bullshit about the reality and impact of vaccination or lack thereof continues to spread online.
And yet, I can help being appalled that there are still people who, with a straight face, argue about the science behind vaccination. It seems to me that there is reckless disregard for the health and general well being of other people, when families can decide not to provide their children with all the protection that scientific and technological advances have made so readily available.
Because those non-vaccinated children do not live out their lives in a vacuum.
They go to school. They go to the park. To after school activities. To the mall and the grocery store.
If one of those children contracts measles or other easily preventable disease, he or she may come in contact, during the incubation period and before symptoms manifest, with children or adults with suppressed immune systems for whom those diseases may well be fatal.
I am not a Whovian (mostly because I watch very little tv, period), but even I got a kick out of it.
I have never seen Pixar’s UP! yet I find myself watching this often:
Love often hurts, but it’s always worth it.