Reading through the Parent-Teachers guide of the McGuffey Reader couple of nights ago, the following jumped off the page:
“The phonics controversy does not need to be an either/or argument; you need not align yourself “for” or “against” phonics.”
That thought, “it does not need to be an either/or argument; you need not align yourself “for” or “against…” has broad implications for our day.
The discourse in the public square has turned into a bar-room brawl.
Have you ever experienced one first hand? (bar room brawl)
It was crazy.
Pick a topic.
I’m not 100% for, or against.
Is there a place in the public square for me to say that, or will I be shoved to the side by the thugs from both extremes?
I absolutely believe there is a place for vaccinations. (Measles, mumps and small pox comes to mind.)
When our kids were little, (early/ mid 1980’s) they were given a series of 12 shots/ 8 diseases.
Here’s a little chart I pulled off the Internet:
Today, your child will be given quadruple that number of shots.
During that same time period, there has been an exponential increase of autism in children. You probably already knew that.
Could there be a connection?
In simple terms. when our eldest was born in 1980, the chance of her developing autism was one in 2000.
1 out of every 2000 children had a chance of developing some form of autism in 1980.
Twenty years later, in the year 2000, you had a 1 in 150 of developing some form of autism.
1 in 150.
Today, 2021, that number is now 1 in 54.
From 1 out of every 2000, to 1 out of every 54.
The medical profession as a whole says, “It’s a mystery.”
What changed during that time?…humm….
I think you can absolutely make a case for parents who are leery of pumping there precious child full of vaccines.
Instead of deriding all parents who have questions about vaccines as “anti science,” I believe it is still we the parents, the mom and dad, not some federal government bureaucrat that has the final say….but for how long?
Someone recently asked… Do I plan to get vaccinated?
No I will not voluntarily chose to get the vaccinations that have been “safely fast tracked.”
That’s my choice. Not imposing that on anyone else, or think less of anyone else who chooses otherwise. These are hard, personal, intimate, potentially life and death choices. We have to start giving each other the freedom to make these decisions without mockery.
I am not anti medicine. I love my local Doctors, absolutely love them, my urologist, my local hospital. My sister is an RN. She and I talk about all things medical, all the time. I am not anti medicine. Having said that, the only medicine I am currently on is coffee. Just coffee. My job is physical, I sleep like a baby, have never, ever had a vaccination for the flue before the flue season. Made that choice, years before COVID-19 was in the news. Do you think I’m going to change my mind now, just because the CDC says it’s safe? What do you think….
For years, there has been a similar debate in the public square about the link between Roundup and various cancers. Round up and honey bee loss. Round up and…..
Monsanto (the corporation that owned Roundup) did all it could to discredit any nay-sayers.
My neighbor Paul/ the one who used to plow out our driveway after a snow, died five years ago, in his mid 50’s from a rare blood cancer. As a farmer, even with the proper protection, he exposed himself to a butt load of toxic chemicals. I heard later, the Doctors suspected, that maybe there was a link to pesticide exposure and his rare cancer.
Language is powerful.
Thugs have taken over the public square.
I shake my head.
I really, really would love to interact with some of you on a host of topics, without snark or sarcasm, but probably not in an on line comment thread. I don’t do on line debates in comment threads. There is so much that I don’t know. Maybe via e-mail, or in person….
This post could just as well be about sexuality…
Stewardship of the earth, of which climate change is one piece,
Mr and Mrs Potato Head,
Election integrity, National sovereignty, or twenty other topics.
I have decided I can no long sit on the sidelines and stay completely silent.
Honestly I do not know how much longer we who live in the middle will have the freedom to speak our minds.