Vaccinations

Yes, I'm jumping on the bandwagon. But only because I'm tired of hearing from both sides.

Here's the deal: the only vaccinations that anyone should be concerned with are their own.

My vaccinations are not anyone else's business. Just like their vaccinations are none of mine.

This country was built to be free. That means we get to make decisions for ourselves, whether to the good or the bad. It also means we get to deal with the consequences of our own decisions.

We should not try to influence one another to our own side, as in "Why you should Vaccinate (Or Not)." We should try to educate.

My Dad calls me a libertarian, and I probably am, but this country was founded by men and women who were educated. Who thought and researched and debated long and hard about each decision they made in founding our country. They knew that freedom comes with a pretty big responsibility, which is knowledge. We cannot be free when we are ignorant.

Laws and rules take away a person's right to knowledge. Here's an example I use quite a bit:

Car seat belts are good things, right? They keep you safe in a car wreck, most of the time. Should that be a law? Well, certainly! Right? Are you sure? I'm not.

I'm not sure because when a government begins making laws, even good ones, about the way we live they take the decisions from us. Which is one less thing we have to think about. Which means we think less. We don't know the reasons for seat belts, and we don't figure it out. We aren't buckling up for our safety, we're buckling up because the government says to. We aren't buckling up to keep our bodies from being flung from the car, we're buckling up because the government will fine us if we don't.

Can you see the distinction? This is a step down. What else will we be doing because the government tells us to? It always starts with some "good" laws. But now we've got laws that tell us what size drink we're allowed to buy.

That's the trouble with laws and rules. Once you get a people to stop thinking for themselves, you have to regulate everything they do. (I think that's why it took God so long to give us His law. But because we are dumb people who don't learn from our mistakes or the mistakes of others, He finally had to give it to us straight.) Our government should not be limiting our freedom that our country has fought for, it should be educating us with the facts. Never influencing or forcing! Just the facts please.

That way we can all make our own decisions based on our understanding and wisdom. Yes, that means some of us will have to learn the hard way. That is what freedom is though. And since the government is not doing that, we are going to have to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and start researching and learning and questioning. Don't do things because the government says to, figure out why you should or should not do it. The only way that knowledge will continue to be one of our rights is if we use it.

And when we are doing our own research and making our own decisions, I think there will be more peace. We won't be defensive, because we know what we are doing is right for us. And we can be confident that what others are doing is right for them, and none of our business.

That is all.

Well, no, just one more note: Everyone is panicking over measles right now, because of the media. Remember the Ebola scare? The media takes things and creates panic. Just for fun. So be careful, don't let them influence you without the facts.

I could stay up on this soapbox all day. But I'll get down now.

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23 comments

  1. THANK YOU!! Some wise words. I sometimes get tired of having to defend our beliefs or our decisions. One of the number one issues for us, is our size family. With our youngest I got the, "You do know how old you will be when this child finally turns 18, right?" Why, yes I do, since I know how to add! I have never asked any of our parents to be there for us, or their grandchildren (it is their choice), yet somehow they feel like they are obligated, and by golly I just keep having more of them! (We have 8 children). And of course, like you said, then there is the government, trying to make our decisions for us. Oy. We have always taken responsibility for our own decisions, and they should too! Anyways, I totally agree with you!

    Just found your blog from Simple Lives Thursday. I am taking a look around :-)

    Blessings,
    Kerri

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    1. My husband gets more comments about our family size than I have, and I'm sure that's because he's able to handle it more gracefully than I would be. It drives me nuts. I'm not sure why people have come to the conclusion that any personal decisions are available for public scrutiny and input. But I guess part of it is that people have also decided not to claim their own consequences (suing over spilled hot coffee, etc.). Thanks for commenting Kerri. (And I bet you and your family have a lot of fun! 8 is great, you go girl!) (hehe, that rhymes.)

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  2. Nicely said!
    But, for the record, I buckle up so that I don't fly through the window in a crash. Though it is convenient that I won't get a fine, I guess, that that also means I won't get a ticket for being unbuckled. ;)
    Christine | Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

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    1. Thanks Christine! And me too. Well, sort of. I do, but my husband doesn't always buckle up. And when I'm in the car with him, I'm more worried about him getting a ticket for it than having a wreck. I know I shouldn't be that way, but there it is.

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  3. Thank you! I was starting to worry I was the only one who thought this way. This is a nice, concise answer to all those who hit the panic button without any of the facts!

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  4. It would be really lovely if we could all stop accusing others of being stupid/ignorant/sheep/foolish/reckless etc. for making a different choice than the one we make for our family. While we're at it, maybe we could also stop assuming that we know why someone else makes a different choice than we do. It's divisive and hurtful, and I think there's an overabundance of both in this world already.

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    1. Mel, I hope, really, really, hope that what I wrote didn't come across as me calling those who vaccinate or don't as stupid. My point was that we should all make our own decisions based on research and knowledge and not on ignorance. And that our decisions shouldn't be anyone else's business. And actually, I agree completely with you. This world needs peace.

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    2. Jennifer, you didn't come across that way at all. Not one bit. But I am seeing exactly that type of sentiment all over the internet lately, and it makes me sick. I often wonder if the people who make harsh comments really think about the consequences of their words.

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    3. Thanks Mel, for clarifying! My first reading of your comment was confusing, but that's my own fault. I wanted to make sure you and everyone knew I was not calling anyone names, that's exactly what I don't want to see anymore. And yes, I've been seeing it all over too, and that's why I had to say something.

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  5. Love, love, love this! My husband and I have had this exact conversation multiple times! We agree with you wholeheartedly!

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  6. Woo hoo for this post!! My thoughts, exactly! Now, to go poke around here a bit, since I've discovered a kindred spirit... :)

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  7. Very well said. My husband and I have talked about this before. We really don't need the government to make more decisions for us. We just need to all use some common sense and to stay out of each other's business. The things I have been asked by strangers that I wouldn't even discuss with siblings is almost beyond belief.

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  8. I appreciate the clear thinking and stating of thoughts in the post... the mass hysteria that we have seen... over ebola... over measles, etc.... is media inflamed and prodded by those w/ some type of agenda... it brings to mind when the people, who were scared of Barabas, started chanting for his release and for crucifixion of Jesus... they were controlled... no, they ALLOWED themselves to be controlled... to be pawns in a fight they were unaware of... similar thinking/non thinking today in that people are forming staunch opinions and developing pushy attitudes.. with no true knowledge. I agree that we need to think for ourselves...not to be contrary... but to be wise. Thank you for the article.

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  9. I agree completely. The media has stirred panic about the measles. I read one article that said people born before 1957 don't have to worry because they all had the measles and now have natural immunity. We can rejoice with the people that recover from the measles because they now have natural immunity. Hopefully this episode will help people become more educated AND have the freedom to choose whether they should be vaccinated.

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  10. Girl, I like the way you THINK! And the way you express yourself! Plus I agree with you 100%. Found you at Mommy Moments link up and I'm now your newest follower! It's a pleasure to "meet" you Jennifer!

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  11. I don't think mandatory seat belts laws or proposed mandatory vaccinations are for an individual's protection at all, they are fashioned to protect OTHER people from an individual's (in)action. For example, if I hit your car and you are not wearing a seatbelt and die, neither I nor my insurance company should have to pay one red cent, even if the accident is my fault because you chose not to protect yourself. Similarly, if you want your kids to go to the public school or see a doctor that takes insurance, they have to be vaccinated so they are not disease vectors causing illness and expenses to others.; think otherwise? homeschool. The problem comes when people want the freedom to choose, but their choices impact others and they want those others to pick up the tab. So my solution is make your own choices, but you have to deal with ALL the logical consequences or your actions.

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    1. Yes, we all should have to deal with all the consequences of our decisions, and part of those consequences that should be considered by each individual are how our decisions affect everyone else. "Consider others above yourself" and all. But does that dictate how everyone gets to make their own decisions? No. Every consequence needs to be considered and evaluated, with the proper tools of knowledge and understanding. But not dictated by a government. At least not in a free country. Thanks for commenting, I think we've come to the same solution!

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  12. Great words of wisdom. If more people actually thought about their own choices this world would be a better place. Too much control from the government will not end well. Look at how it has effected others in the past! History is a good teacher. If only we will listen to her!

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  13. This is exactly right and can go across everything in our lives. We must think about the things we do, why we do them, who told us to and their motivation. Even in our churches we should be going back to God's word to see what He says we should be doing. We shouldn't be blindly following anyone. Thanks for sharing this at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

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  14. Other people's choices about vaccines are certainly society’s problem because those choices directly affect people other than you (and your children). To continue with your comparison, if you choose not to wear a seat belt, and you subsequently die because of it, that is a problem that begins and ends with you. In the case of vaccines, choosing not to vaccinate can bring fatal consequences to you and your family, but also people completely innocent and removed from your poor choice. Nice soap box speech, it's disgusting to me that people like you have a following.

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    1. Ouch Emily! I thought about taking the easy way out and deleting your comment, but I thought that might would be infringing on your right of speech, even if you are using that right to hurt others. I try to think of things like this from all angles, as in what if it was not in your favor? For this example, what if there was talk of forcing you not to vaccinate? When a government has so much authority, it only takes a flip of a switch to change hands and and authority and suddenly, what you may agree with may not be the law anymore. I did not say people should or should not vaccinate, I did say everyone should be educated and able to make their own decisions about what goes into their bodies; that includes vaccines, food, medicine, etc. etc. And yes part of the education needs to include how vaccines work in society and for society. But should we be dictated? Absolutely not.

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  15. Yeah Jennifer, it is disgusting that people actually agree with you that we should educate ourselves and consider every possible reaction to our actions, especially when it comes to our children, I mean what is that about?? You handled Emily B a lot better then I would have.

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