This is the first new post I have written in a while… Missed me? I hope so.
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Without further ado, here’s my newest post:
A couple of days ago I was trying to make some progress on my next book, writing at an undisclosed location which name ends in “-bucks“. I got rather distracted / upset because I could not help but overhear a conversation between a gentleman and two young ladies. I did not mean to eavesdrop, but he was rather loud and “assertive”, if that’s the right word.
He was emphatically telling the young ladies that vaccines are BAD, as in “really bad” bad. He blamed them from various worldly evils including autism. He even was with who I assume was his son, a really cute boy about 2 years old, and he (the dad that is) was stating in no uncertain terms that he did not and would not vaccinate his boy, etc. He even boasted that he (the dad, again) did not even finish high school, but that he educated himself “over the internet” (this is a quote), so that he knew what he was talking about.
Arrrrrrgh! (and i am not saying this in a “piraty” way!)
At that point my blood started (figuratively) boiling and I couldn’t help myself. I was behind the guy and I started silently signalling “nooooo!” to the girls (see the pic above). You see, not finishing high school is not a sin; I’ve met people who did not, people who could not finish school because of **real** problems yet who are way smarter than I’ll ever be. So you see, that was not my problem. My problem was that you can self-educate only so much, internet or no internet, and God forbid, because of this dad’s attitude he will end up harming his boy (and I wholeheartedly hope that he does not).
He left shortly after that and I had a nice conversation with the young ladies, who turned out to be very good nursing students, meaning that they did not buy anything of what the guy said. There is hope in this world.
I do understand that the origin of autism is a very sensitive issue. I have an autistic son myself, who I love with all my heart, and while i do not know why he is autistic, I am convinced that vaccines were not the likely cause. All scientific evidence argues against it.
-Please do not be offended.
-Please do not insult me. I will delete any such comment…
I do not doubt for a moment that the gentleman at the coffee shop loves his son in the same way that I love mine, but as I implied, by not vaccinating his precious boy, he is exposing that little guy to a variety of diseases that may take his life, again, God forbid.
Also, as I have said before, “amateur” is not a dirty word, but neither is “expert”. Would you accept medical advice from someone educated “over the internet”? I hope not! I know I would not!
I hope the little guy stays safe and healthy… …
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