I don't understand. I want to understand but I just can't wrap my mind around it. Why are people fighting SO HARD against masks and vaccines? They would rather inject themselves with worm medication intended for animals rather than accept the science and get the tried-and-tested HUMAN vaccine.
"We have been patient, but our patience is wearing thin. And your refusal has cost all of us." - President Joe Biden, September 9, 2021
Those words: your refusal has cost all of us. Your refusal is making my life more difficult. Your refusal means that case numbers are still going up and that I can't travel freely to visit family and friends. Your refusal means my son has never been in a grocery store or normal shul service. Your refusal is prolonging this pandemic for everyone! Your freedom is not more important than everyone's safety. People inject ink under their skin and drink alcohol until their liver explodes but won't take a medication that will end this pandemic. If you don't want your shot - fine - it's your choice to get sick, but stay out of the hospitals. Go live in the woods where you're not posing a threat to anyone else. You don't want to wear a mask? Fine, stay home. If you live in society you need to play by the rules and the rules are that you can't harm other people with your poor choices.
On the flip side, Texas abortion laws. Where's the outrage there? Where's the protest and vitriol we've seen, like from people on airplanes refusing to wear a mask? The anti-abortion laws don't even understand basic biology (saying a woman has six weeks to decide, where most women aren't even pregnant weeks 1-3 because dating is based on LMP).
It's become a judgement point for me. I'm having a hard time maintaining relationships with people whose mindset is so different than mine. It started with the Trump era but I chalked it up to "different politics" and avoided the topic. This topic is not avoidable. If you're not vaccinated I won't bring my son in the same room with you. If you refuse to vaccinate your 12+ aged kids, you're putting them at risk and I can't wrap my mind around that parenting choice. I don't understand.
Help me understand. Is there a reasoning I'm missing? Is there a message I can share that will help spread more correct information and get people on board? What is it? What's the trick to helping me understand them so that they can understand me? I don't agree with forcing anyone to do something so outside their comfort zone but what are the other options?