This is not a Christmas post... it's just something that DH and I were talking about one day and many of you may not agree with these sentiments - just realize that I'm stating how I think about the situation on my own blog.
I had listened to someone on the news talking about the new variant, Omicron. They were saying that it "seems" to be more contagious, but less deadly (nothing new, we've all heard this) - but - they also said (and I'm paraphrasing) "... and those of you unvaccinated out there who might feel, OK, I'll take my chances with Omicron... need to realize that although you may not get very sick, the person or persons you come into contact with may not fare as well. So if you've not a medical reason for avoiding the vaccine, then get vaccinated for the good of those around you. It's the right thing to do."
When I was mentioning this to DH, he said that his take on all of this was more like... we're at war with a common enemy (Covid)... and in war, one must count on your brothers (band of brothers/soldiers)... to protect not only themselves, but you as well. And in this war, the only way we have to do this is to get vaccinated and wear a mask, etc.... for your own protection and your fellow soldiers.
Now when I think about those unvaccinated (for health/medical or other reasons), I think of conscientious objectors They should not go to war as they would be of no use in a war... not willing to fight/kill (which is understandable) and in war, they would be a danger to the other soldiers who could not count on them.
I feel like those who refuse to get vaccinated (for other reasons besides health/medical), are like conscientious objectors in that they are of no use during this war... but besides that (which makes the pandemic war a little more dangerous), they can inadvertently bring the enemy (Covid) to their fellow soldiers and cause their death. So in that way, they are actually aiding the enemy (Covid). I realize that this is 'a bit harsh', but that's what it seems like to me.
Now I also know that those of us that are vaccinated and wear a mask, etc. can still be contagious (vacs and masks are not a guarantee), but at least we're doing everything available to us to protect ourselves and others.
And those of you that don't consider this a WAR... I ask, how do you condone the loss of over 5 million lives globally (over 800,000 in the US) and not call this a war? Maybe you have not lost a family member or close friend (yet) - but others have and it may not be a matter of "if" but "when" your turn (or mine) comes.
I may not post this now with Christmas just a few days away and to be honest, I'd like to keep the magic and feel of the season for a little longer before continuing with this war and 4th wave (Omicron)... which has already started and sure to rear it's ugly head even more in the weeks after the holidays.
This is one of those early morning posts - the things that run through your head and won't let you continue sleeping. So bear with me. I welcome your comments - but know that if they are ugly or down-putting, they will never see the light of day. Again, this is just how I see things... and don't expect that everyone sees them this way.
As always, thanks for reading and putting up with my early morning ramblings. It's therapeutic to get these things out of my head. I know we're all so tired of hearing any more about Covid... but let's face it, it hasn't done with us yet.
Other posters I saw when looking for something that 'fit' this post:
(Posting this Thursday, Dec. 30th... wrote it before Christmas... since then several people we know have been tested positive for Covid after family or friends' Christmas gatherings (so far no one we have been exposed to - yet).