Why Itโ€™s OKAY To Not Know! #COVID-19

๐Ÿšจ ๐๐‘๐„๐€๐Š๐ˆ๐๐† ๐๐„๐–๐’!!! ๐Ÿšจ

Have you ever seen those headlines in the news that say โ€œDeveloping Storyโ€ or โ€œBreaking Newsโ€? ๐Ÿšจ

๐ˆ๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ง๐ž๐ฐ๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ก๐š๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐š ๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐ฎ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐œ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ก๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐ง๐ข๐ง๐ , ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ก ๐ก๐š๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐œ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐๐ž๐ ๐ฒ๐ž๐ญ.

Say for example thereโ€™s an ongoing hostage situation or a reported shooting at a nearby mall. ๐Ÿ˜จ

In the case of a Developing Story, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ง๐ž๐ฐ๐ฌ ๐๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ฌ. ๐“๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐ฎ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ ๐จ๐ง ๐ง๐ž๐ฐ ๐ฉ๐ข๐ž๐œ๐ž๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ข๐ง๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐š๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐ ๐š๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ข๐ญ. ๐Ÿ‘

๐ŸŒŸ Therefore, as an audience member, we cannot assume everything the news is sharing will be entirely accurate. ๐ŸŒŸ

Because itโ€™s a Developing Story, some of what they report may just be pure speculation or interviews from witnesses that may not be very reliable. ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

Itโ€™s only when the situation has finally settled that the news can finish gathering all the details to compile the most accurate picture of what actually happenedโ€ฆ๐Ÿ‘

๐Ÿšจ ๐–๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐‚๐Ž๐•๐ˆ๐ƒ-๐Ÿ๐Ÿ—, ๐ฐ๐žโ€™๐ซ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฆ๐ข๐๐๐ฅ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐š ๐ƒ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ฅ๐จ๐ฉ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐’๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ! ๐€๐ง๐ ๐ข๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž๐ฆ๐ฌ ๐ช๐ฎ๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐š ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ฐ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ ๐จ๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ! ๐Ÿšจ

The problem is some of us are treating this situation as if it’s already settled. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

Weโ€™re using the limited pieces of information weโ€™ve been given and using it to make huge assumptions with absolute certainty about whatโ€™s happening right now and what will be happening in the future. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฒ

๐–๐žโ€™๐ซ๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐ฎ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฐ ๐ง๐ž๐ข๐ ๐ก๐›๐จ๐ซ๐ฌ ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐ข๐ง๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ก ๐ฆ๐š๐ฒ ๐›๐ž ๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ๐๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐š ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ค ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐ง๐จ๐ฐ! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

๐ŸŒŸ Just like a Developing Story, things initially reported may need to be corrected, adjusted, or even retracted for greater accuracy. ๐ŸŒŸ

The problem is some of us are arguing like we’re witnesses over what we saw in the sky: “A bird!” “A plane!” “No, it was Superman!”

We may have little evidence to say it was Superman, yet some of us are absolutely insisting it was. ๐Ÿ˜…

But I get it! ๐Ÿ™Œ

Thereโ€™s a ton of Uncertainty right now, and for those of us that are extremely uncomfortable with all this Uncertainty a part of us is clawing to get back to Certainty again, back to a place where things make more sense, and it will do so whether that means embracing the next conspiracy theory or the next Opinion article it reads online (โ€œ๐„๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ƒ๐ฎ๐ฆ๐›! ๐Ž๐Ÿ ๐‚๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ˆ๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐’๐ฎ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฆ๐š๐ง!โ€). ๐Ÿ“ฐ

As we did the past year and a half, weโ€™re going to get EVEN MORE information on COVID-19 in the near future. In turn, weโ€™re going to get into EVEN MORE arguments with people online about this newly discovered information. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

๐๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ข๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ง๐ž๐œ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐š๐ซ๐ฒ!

Itโ€™s almost seems like the fanboy mentality every time a new Star Wars story comes out: thereโ€™s an aggressive debate among hardcore fans on whether the story is canon or not, whether the writer or director did the work justice, etc.

Itโ€™s less about finding the truth and more about endless self-righteous arguing that doesnโ€™t really go anywhere! ๐Ÿ˜…

๐Ÿคฌ โ€œDONALD, DONโ€™T BE NAIVE! COVID NEEDS TO BE DISCUSSED! THIS AFFECTS ALL OF US!โ€ ๐Ÿคฌ

It definitely does! Donโ€™t get me wrong, Iโ€™m not saying we canโ€™t have civil discussions about it or be up-to-date on the latest information. ๐Ÿ‘

๐ŸŒŸ ๐Œ๐ฒ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ข๐ง๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐žโ€™๐ซ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐ข๐ง๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฆ๐ข๐๐๐ฅ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐š ๐ƒ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ฅ๐จ๐ฉ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐’๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ. ๐ŸŒŸ

๐Ÿค” Why should we spend so much of our time and energy fighting over information which may not even be accurate a week from now?

๐Ÿค” Why should we spend so much of our time and energy thinking about the best decision the government should make when ultimately this decision is outside of our control?

If a group of children decided to debate the ethics on whether a parent should give them cookies despite not eating their vegetables youโ€™d think thatโ€™s silly, right? ๐Ÿ˜‚

Itโ€™s not just because most children donโ€™t study Ethics, but because regardless of their debate it doesnโ€™t change the fact the parents are the authority figures who will ultimately be making the final decision! ๐Ÿ˜…

In other words, ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐ฎ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐š ๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐ฎ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ฐ๐ž ๐œ๐š๐ง๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐š๐ข๐ง ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐ .

Iโ€™m not an infectious disease expert. Iโ€™m not an epidemiologist. Iโ€™m not an economist. I may even be reading some of the studies and data I see incorrectly. I may even need to educate myself on how to properly read them! ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™‚๏ธ

The point is Iโ€™m not an expert, and I wonโ€™t claim to be. Quite frankly, Iโ€™m an idiot a lot of the time and just do my best not to be seen as one on social media! ๐Ÿ˜„

๐๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ข๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐š๐œ๐ญ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ค๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐š๐ซ๐ž, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐จ๐ง๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ก๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐Ÿ๐ข๐๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ฒ๐ž๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ญ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ž๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž, ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ž ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ. ๐Ÿ’ฏ

Because at the end of the day, itโ€™s okay for us to say: โ€œI donโ€™t knowโ€. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Itโ€™s okay for us to defer the complex understanding of infectious diseases to experts like Dr. Fauci who has studied them for ๐๐ž๐œ๐š๐๐ž๐ฌ. I have not, and to pretend like I have would be to be willfully ignorant of what I donโ€™t know! ๐Ÿ‘

Again, Iโ€™m an idiot too! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Itโ€™s okay for us to embrace the Uncertainty of Life! ๐Ÿ˜„

If you wonโ€™t give yourself permission, consider this post my permission for you! โค๏ธ

Iโ€™m nervous about the future too. Iโ€™m nervous about whatโ€™s going to happen too. But what I do know, at least for now, is the simple fact that I donโ€™t really know.

And thatโ€™s okay! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Why Our Inner REBEL Matters!

๐Ÿคฌ ๐ˆ ๐ƒ๐Ž๐โ€™๐“ ๐‹๐ˆ๐Š๐„ ๐๐„๐ˆ๐๐† ๐“๐Ž๐‹๐ƒ ๐–๐‡๐€๐“ ๐“๐Ž ๐ƒ๐Ž! ๐Ÿคฌ

When someone tells me to do something, the first question I often think is: โ€œWhy?!โ€ โ‰๏ธ

The inner rebel in me instinctively takes over in defense. ๐Ÿ›ก๏ธ

โ€œ๐‘พ๐’‰๐’š ๐’”๐’‰๐’๐’–๐’๐’… ๐‘ฐ ๐’๐’Š๐’”๐’•๐’†๐’ ๐’•๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’‘๐’†๐’“๐’”๐’๐’?!โ€ ๐Ÿ˜ก

โ€œ๐‘พ๐’‰๐’ ๐’…๐’๐’†๐’” ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’‘๐’†๐’“๐’”๐’๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’Œ ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’š ๐’‚๐’“๐’†?!โ€ ๐Ÿ˜ก

โ€œ๐‘พ๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’Œ๐’†๐’” ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’‘๐’†๐’“๐’”๐’๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’Œ ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’š ๐’„๐’‚๐’ ๐’•๐’†๐’๐’ ๐‘ด๐‘ฌ ๐’˜๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’•๐’ ๐’…๐’?!โ€ ๐Ÿ˜ก

In a desire to assert my power, Iโ€™m quick to assume the worst intentions of the other person. In an instant, Iโ€™m ready to protect my desire to be free from the chains which possibly await me. โœŠ

Can you relate? โฌ‡๏ธ

๐Ÿ‘ You donโ€™t like being told what to do unless you feel respect for the other person?

๐Ÿ‘ You donโ€™t like being told what to do unless you feel you can trust the other person?

๐Ÿ‘ You donโ€™t like being told what to do unless you feel the other person treats you like a human being and not like an object?

If so, youโ€™re not alone! I have felt the same way! ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™‚๏ธ

But fortunately, these feelings of rebellion tend to be temporary. ๐Ÿ™‚

Typically after a moment of self-restraint and introspection my emotions fall back on solid ground. ๐Ÿ™Œ

๐๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐›๐ž๐ฅ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ ๐›๐š๐œ๐ค ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž. ๐Ÿ‘ค

I know heโ€™s just doing his job to protect me from perceived threats. Like any natural instincts we have (Fight, Flight, and Freeze), they’re all just here to help us survive. If we didnโ€™t have them, we wouldnโ€™t be alive for very long! ๐Ÿ˜…

In other words: ๐“๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐›๐ž๐ฅ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐š ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐œ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ๐ž๐š๐ซ. ๐‡๐žโ€™๐ฌ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฅ๐จ๐จ๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฆ๐ž, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐›๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ˆ ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐ข๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฆ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ก๐ข๐ฆ ๐๐จ๐ฐ๐ง ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐ก๐ข๐ฆ ๐จ๐ง ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ.

But what happens when our inner rebel doesnโ€™t go away? What happens when he overstays his welcome and takes control over everything we do? ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

When untamed, how does our inner rebel handle situations heโ€™s faced with? โ‰๏ธ

๐Ÿคฌ Perhaps he responds with cynicism.

๐Ÿคฌ Perhaps he responds with resentment.

๐Ÿคฌ Perhaps he responds with hostility or even violence.

Because if I know how stubborn my inner rebel is when being told what to do, I canโ€™t imagine how hard it is for someone else dealing with an inner rebel they aren’t even aware of! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

But hereโ€™s the thing…๐ˆ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐œ๐š๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐›๐ฅ๐š๐ฆ๐ž ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐žโ€™๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐๐จ! ๐Ÿ‘

Hear me out! ๐Ÿ›‘

Iโ€™m NOT justifying violence. Iโ€™m NOT justifying people acting upon their inner rebels like this either. ๐๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ˆ ๐š๐ฆ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ฒ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ž๐ฆ๐ฉ๐š๐ญ๐ก๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ก๐ฎ๐ฆ๐š๐ง ๐›๐ž๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฉ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐œ๐ž๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐ž๐ง๐ฏ๐ข๐ซ๐จ๐ง๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ. ๐Ÿ˜จ

A LOT has happened in the past year. Weโ€™ve all been experiencing a level of uncertainty and discomfort most of us would never think weโ€™d become accustomed to. ๐Ÿ’ฏ

Not only have we experienced the effects of a global pandemic, something most of us have never experienced in our lifetime, itโ€™s also happened during a time when our country has never been more politically divided (https://pewrsr.ch/3v9o6uK)! โš”๏ธ

What shouldโ€™ve been a moment in our countryโ€™s history to come together and fight this virus instead became a breeding ground for hysteria, denialism, and hypocrisy. What shouldโ€™ve been a moment where effective leadership and cooperation in the highest positions of government was needed the most did not appear. ๐Ÿ˜”

So I get it. โค๏ธ

THESE are just some of the reasons why I canโ€™t blame peopleโ€™s inner rebels for coming out of the woodwork lately and feeling the way they do.

โš ๏ธ ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐›๐ฅ๐ž๐ฆ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐š ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐งโ€™๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐›๐ž๐ฅ ๐ฐ๐จ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ง ๐ญ๐จ ๐ ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ง๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ข๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ; ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐›๐ฅ๐ž๐ฆ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ง๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ข๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ๐ง ๐ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ ๐ž๐ฑ๐š๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ก๐ข๐ฉ.

โš ๏ธ ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐›๐ฅ๐ž๐ฆ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐š ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐งโ€™๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐›๐ž๐ฅ ๐ฐ๐จ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฆ๐ž๐๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ; ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐›๐ฅ๐ž๐ฆ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฆ๐ž๐๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐ก๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ญ๐ก ๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐š๐ ๐ข๐ง๐ , ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ก ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ง ๐ก๐š๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐จ๐ค๐ž๐ ๐ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐ฌ๐ค๐ž๐ฉ๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐๐ข๐›๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ.

โš ๏ธ ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐›๐ฅ๐ž๐ฆ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐š ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐งโ€™๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐›๐ž๐ฅ ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ โ€œ๐ซ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ๐ฌ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐š๐ค๐ž๐ง ๐š๐ฐ๐š๐ฒโ€; ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐›๐ฅ๐ž๐ฆ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐ข๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐›๐ž๐ฅ ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐จ๐ง๐จ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐ž๐ ๐›๐ฒ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐๐จ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐›๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐š๐ญ ๐ก๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ญ.

To clarify, I am NOT placing all the blame on authority figures. I am NOT saying we as individual citizens donโ€™t also have a responsibility for the choices we make. And I am NOT denying that misinformation, conspiracy theories, and scientific illiteracy hasnโ€™t made it much more difficult for those in authority to communicate with the general public. It certainly has. ๐Ÿ’ฏ

๐Ÿšจ ๐๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ˆ ๐š๐ฆ ๐ฌ๐š๐ฒ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฅ๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ฒ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐žโ€™๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐จ๐›๐ž๐ฒ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ. ๐€๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐ข๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐œ๐ฒ๐ง๐ข๐œ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐ข๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐›๐ฎ๐ข๐ฅ๐ ๐ฎ๐ฉ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐ข๐ง๐๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ.

๐“๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐š๐ฒ ๐›๐ž ๐จ๐›๐ž๐๐ข๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ญ-๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฆ, ๐›๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฅ๐จ๐ง๐ -๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฆ ๐ฅ๐ž๐ญ ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐๐ž๐ง๐ฃ๐š๐ฆ๐ข๐ง ๐…๐ซ๐š๐ง๐ค๐ฅ๐ข๐ง: “๐€ ๐ฆ๐š๐ง ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฏ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ ๐š๐ ๐š๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐š๐ฆ๐ž ๐จ๐ฉ๐ข๐ง๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ.” ๐Ÿšจ

My point is: your inner rebel is NOT crazy for feeling the way he feels! ๐Ÿ™Œ

Itโ€™s because I know my own inner rebel that I know shame, condescension, and ridicule from others isn’t going to settle him down. In fact, ๐ข๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐ก๐ข๐ฆ.

๐Ÿคฌ ๐ˆ ๐ƒ๐Ž๐โ€™๐“ ๐‹๐ˆ๐Š๐„ ๐๐„๐ˆ๐๐† ๐“๐Ž๐‹๐ƒ ๐–๐‡๐€๐“ ๐“๐Ž ๐ƒ๐Ž! ๐Ÿคฌ

๐Ÿคฌ โ€œRIGHT ON, DONALD! MY IMMUNE SYSTEM DOESNโ€™T NEED ANY VACCINE!โ€ ๐Ÿคฌ

Well, actually…โฌ‡๏ธ

Letโ€™s take the example of a car. A car has a body and a set of car parts inside the body that makes it function. Indeed, the car has a greater chance of lasting longer the more maintenance thatโ€™s done on it like oil changes, rotating tires, and replacing brake pads. ๐Ÿš—

But just because the car is in great shape doesnโ€™t mean the car is completely immune from the environment. It may have a better chance of survival hitting a small animal, but thereโ€™s no guarantee the carโ€™s going to survive hitting a tree head-on! ๐Ÿ’ฅ

Now, take this analogy and think of us. We each have a body and a set of parts inside our body that makes it function. Indeed, we have a greater chance of living longer the more maintenance we do on our bodies like eating healthy, exercising, and getting enough sleep. ๐Ÿ˜ด

But just because our body is in great shape doesnโ€™t mean our body is completely immune from the environment (or our genetics). It may have a better chance of survival with the common cold, but thereโ€™s no guarantee our body is going to survive being exposed to smallpox. ๐Ÿค’

In other words: ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š ๐ก๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ญ๐ก๐ฒ ๐ฅ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฒ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐๐Ž๐“ ๐š ๐ฉ๐š๐ง๐š๐œ๐ž๐š, as much as I’d not like to tell you this. ๐Ÿ˜”

There are MANY infectious diseases in the world which our immune systems are not sufficient to save our lives from, no matter how healthy we eat, how much we exercise, and how much positive thinking we do. ๐Ÿ™Œ

Don’t get me wrong, it can definitely help, but to assume our immune system works as a cure-all mechanism for everything lacks a bigger perspective. ๐ŸŒŽ

๐Ÿ’‰ For those of us who have had the privilege to never experience or die from smallpox, an infectious disease where you would have lesions of blisters and puss all over your body…we can thank vaccines for that.

๐Ÿ’‰ For those of us who have had the privilege to never experience or die from polio, an infectious disease which could render you paralyzed (Franklin Roosevelt being one of them)…we can thank vaccines for that.

๐Ÿ’‰ For those of us who have had the privilege to never experience or die from diphtheria, where gray matter covered up the back of your throat and your lymph nodes swelled up making it hard to breathe…we can thank vaccines for that.

And what do all these infectious diseases have in common? โฌ‡๏ธ

They are very contagious. ๐Ÿ‘ฅ

They can spread through airborne particles and droplets. ๐Ÿ’ฆ

And they have been practically eliminated in the US thanks to mass vaccination efforts. ๐ŸŽ‰

The fact is, infectious diseases are NOT new to human history; ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ง๐ž๐ฐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฎ๐ฌ. ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ™‹

The fact is, anti-maskers are NOT new to human history either (e.g. Anti-Mask League of San Francisco during the 1918 pandemic); ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ง๐ž๐ฐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฎ๐ฌ. ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ™‹

And the less we remember about our history, the more likely we are to repeat it. โŒ›

So if youโ€™ve never heard of these diseases, Iโ€™m not surprised.

๐Ÿšจ ๐Œ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ง๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ง ๐š ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐š๐ ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ฌ๐š๐ฐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ž๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฎ๐ฉ ๐œ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ. ๐ˆ๐ซ๐จ๐ง๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ, ๐ข๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐›๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐œ๐œ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฏ๐š๐œ๐œ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง ๐๐ž๐œ๐š๐๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง ๐›๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐จ โ€œ๐๐ž๐›๐š๐ญ๐žโ€ ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ๐๐š๐ฒ.

๐–๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ฅ๐ž๐ ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐š ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐š๐ ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ง๐จ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ซ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž ๐œ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐š๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ ๐š๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ข๐ง๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ก ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ๐ž๐ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฆ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฏ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž.

๐“๐จ ๐ฉ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ข๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ฒ: ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ๐š๐œ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ž’๐ซ๐ž ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ฅ๐ž๐ ๐ž๐ ๐ก๐š๐ฌ ๐ ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ง ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐ฒ ๐จ๐ฉ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ž ๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐๐จ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ข๐ ๐ง๐จ๐ซ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ฅ๐ ๐š๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ ๐ฎ๐ฌ. ๐Ÿšจ

Again, Iโ€™m NOT saying there arenโ€™t legitimate reasons for why people are hesitant to vaccinate. As I noted earlier, thereโ€™s been a multitude of problems which have exacerbated this issue, not the least of which has included authority figures. ๐Ÿ‘

But on the flip side (and Iโ€™m going to be frank):

โš ๏ธ ๐ˆ ๐๐จ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ž๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ๐žโ€™๐ฌ ๐ซ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฏ๐š๐œ๐œ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐ข๐ง๐Ÿ๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ž ๐จ๐ง ๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐žโ€™๐ฌ ๐ซ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ข๐œ๐ค ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ.

โš ๏ธ ๐ˆ ๐๐จ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ž๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ๐žโ€™๐ฌ ๐ซ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฏ๐š๐œ๐œ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐ข๐ง๐Ÿ๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ž ๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ก๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ญ๐ก ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ง๐ž ๐ฌ๐ฒ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ฆ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐œ๐š๐ง๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐›๐ž ๐ฏ๐š๐œ๐œ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ž๐.

โš ๏ธ ๐ˆ ๐๐จ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ž๐ฏ๐ž ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐งโ€™๐ฌ ๐ข๐ ๐ง๐จ๐ซ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐›๐ž ๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐š๐ฌ ๐›๐ž๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ž๐ช๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ ๐ญ๐จ ๐š๐ง๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐งโ€™๐ฌ ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ๐ฅ๐ž๐๐ ๐ž.

๐ˆ ๐ฐ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐ž๐ž๐๐จ๐ฆ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐š๐ฌ ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐œ๐ก ๐š๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐๐จ. ๐๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ข๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž๐ฆ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ž’๐ฏ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ ๐จ๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ง ๐ฐ๐ž ๐œ๐š๐ง’๐ญ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฅ๐ข๐›๐ž๐ซ๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ฎ๐ง๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž’๐ฌ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฉ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐›๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ.

๐ŸŒŸ ๐™‡๐™ž๐™—๐™š๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™ฎ ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ง๐™š๐™จ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™ž๐™—๐™ž๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฎ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™˜๐™๐™–๐™ค๐™จ. ๐ŸŒŸ

And for any of my friends reading this post whose inner rebel has come to the surface I can assure you…

Iโ€™m not here to tell you what to do. Iโ€™m not here to point a finger at you and say: “Shame!” All I’m sharing here is just a second opinion you are welcome to take and leave as much as you please. ๐Ÿ˜Š

๐Ÿ˜ก “DONALD! WHAT’S YOUR POINT WITH ALL THIS?!” ๐Ÿ˜ก

The whole point with me writing all this was to say: ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐๐จ๐ž๐ฌ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ž ๐š ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐›๐ž๐ญ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ ๐€๐๐ƒ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฏ๐š๐œ๐œ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ž๐. ๐Ÿ™‚

๐Ÿ™Œ ๐™„๐™ฉ ๐™™๐™ค๐™š๐™จ๐™ฃโ€™๐™ฉ ๐™๐™–๐™ซ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™—๐™š ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š ๐™Š๐™ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง; ๐™ž๐™ฉ ๐™˜๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™—๐™š ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š ๐˜ผ๐™‰๐˜ฟ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง. ๐Ÿ™Œ

To provide one of my favorite phrases: Donโ€™t throw out the baby with the bathwater.

๐Ÿ‘ฎ ๐‰๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐›๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐ฐ๐ซ๐จ๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ ๐๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ซ๐จ๐ง๐  ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž.

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€โš•๏ธ ๐‰๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐›๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐ก๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ญ๐ก ๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐š๐ ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ง ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐š๐ฒ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ๐ž.

๐Ÿ‘ค ๐‰๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐›๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ๐ง ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ž ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐Ÿ๐ž๐œ๐ญ, ๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐š๐ฐ๐ž๐ ๐ก๐ฎ๐ฆ๐š๐ง ๐›๐ž๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ค๐ž ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฏ๐ž๐ฌ ๐๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ซ๐ž ๐ž๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐›๐ž ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐.

So, it is with this nuanced perspective in mind that I did my own research, looked at the scientific studies with my own eyes, and came to the conclusions that I did around the COVID-19 vaccines. ๐Ÿ‘€

Because let me tell you: ๐˜ ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฏ’๐˜ต ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ท๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ ๐˜ช๐˜ง ๐˜ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฏ’๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ง๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ณ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ด! ๐Ÿ’ฏ

And best part is, I didn’t come to this conclusion because I blindly listened to some authority figures. ๐Ÿ‘ค

I won’t! โŒ

Why? Because we all need healthy skepticism in our lives. Because we all need to be open to multiple perspectives. ๐Ÿ˜

Because, just like you…

๐Ÿคฌ ๐ˆ ๐ƒ๐Ž๐โ€™๐“ ๐‹๐ˆ๐Š๐„ ๐๐„๐ˆ๐๐† ๐“๐Ž๐‹๐ƒ ๐–๐‡๐€๐“ ๐“๐Ž ๐ƒ๐Ž! ๐Ÿคฌ

So I made the choice on my own! โค๏ธ

โ€œ๐„๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐š๐ง ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐๐ž๐œ๐ข๐๐ž ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฅ๐ค ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฅ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐š๐ฅ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ ๐จ๐ซ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐๐š๐ซ๐ค๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ฌ๐ก๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ.โ€

~ Martin Luther King Jr. ๐Ÿ’ฌ

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COVID-19 & The Limits of Selfishness!

โš ๏ธย THE LIMITS OF SELFISHNESS!ย โš ๏ธ

Most of us at this point have experienced significant life changes with COVID-19. It’s not just affecting our daily lives but also in how we live them.ย ๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ

I know some of you will read what I just said and go: โ€œYEAH, THAT’S PUTTING IT LIGHTLY, DONALD!โ€ย ๐Ÿคฌ

By no means do I mean to sound like Iโ€™m downgrading the situation. Iโ€™m taking every preventative measure advised by the CDC and WHO.ย ๐Ÿ’ฏ

I also have loved ones who are way more susceptible than I am to experiencing severe symptoms, so I feel an even bigger responsibility to protect them at this time!ย ๐Ÿ›ก๏ธ

I urge you all to take this seriously. ๐‰๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐›๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐จ๐ซ ๐ˆ ๐ฆ๐š๐ฒ ๐จ๐ง๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ž๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฅ๐ ๐ฌ๐ฒ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฌ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐๐Ž๐“ ๐š๐ง ๐ž๐ฑ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ž๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐œ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ฌ๐ก! I don’t think you really want to fathom the possibility that your careless actions could be the cause of your loved one’s deaths. I sure don’t!ย ๐Ÿ‘

Speaking of which, I’ve recently become fascinated in seeing people’s responses to the whole situation.ย ๐Ÿ”Ž

IT’S BEEN ALL OVER THE PLACE!ย โ†”๏ธ

The Anxious One treats it like itโ€™s the apocalypse. Scrambling through the local stores like a scavenger, they overflow their cart with the essentials. But those โ€œessentialsโ€ may also include lots of toilet paper, guns, and ammunition.ย ๐Ÿ˜จ

The Entrepreneurial One treats it like itโ€™s a business opportunity. Reportedly there was 1 man who drove 1,300 miles across Tennessee and Kentucky to hoard 18,000 bottles of hand sanitizer just so he could resell them online for prices as high as $70 each.ย ๐Ÿค‘

The Paranoid One treats it as a confirmation to their distrust and cynicism. Their prejudices towards China, foreign governments and their citizens are amplified. They see they have been given permission to tell others they โ€œknow whatโ€™s REALLY going onโ€. Tyranny is coming for us all!ย ๐Ÿ‘ฅ

The Carefree One treats it like itโ€™s all hype and thereโ€™s no reason for concern. Large groups of people were still found to be gathering on Miamiโ€™s beaches to celebrate their Spring Break. 1 college student told reporters: โ€œIf I get corona, I get corona. At the end of the day, Iโ€™m not going to let it stop me from partying.โ€ย ๐Ÿบ

So, what am I supposed to take from all this?!ย ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™‚๏ธ

If thereโ€™s one common thread I can find, and from the many more responses Iโ€™ve seen as of late, itโ€™s our inherent selfishness, right on display!ย ๐ŸŽฏ

BUT WAIT! Before I come off sounding like a cynical person myself, let me explain! This post is NOT going to be a polemic!ย ๐Ÿ’ฏ

First off, selfishness is not fundamentally bad! We need it for our survival, for our self-preservation, for us to develop skills like independence, self-reliance, and self-love.ย โค๏ธ

In my own life, selfishness has been a HUGE gift for me to work on myself and become a better person!ย ๐Ÿ’ช

If we as humans didn’t possess any sort of selfishness, our lifespans would be cut drastically short! We’d have no motivation to preserve the 1 life we have now!ย ๐Ÿ’€

So, as I like to say: LET’S NOT THROW OUT THE BABY WITH THE BATHWATER!ย ๐Ÿ˜…

Yes, we do need selfishness. But what Iโ€™m also saying is we donโ€™t need it to the extent our ancestors did thousands of years ago when they were fighting saber-toothed tigers in the wild!ย ๐Ÿฏ

Because in these rough times, our selfishness:

๐Ÿ‘Žย Has cost us to go in droves to our local stores and hoard excess amounts of items

๐Ÿ‘Žย Has cost us to run out of essential medical supplies and N95 masks for doctors on the frontlines caring for sick patients

๐Ÿ‘Žย Has cost us to needlessly blame each other and mass groups of people we’ve never met

๐Ÿ‘Žย Has cost us to not take information and guidelines from authorities like the CDC and WHO seriously

Selfishness may be the easiest tool for us to use because itโ€™s part of our nature. But itโ€™s also the easiest tool for us to abuse because we so often use it unconsciously.ย ๐Ÿ”จ

Our perception of ourselves and the world is filtered entirely through an Ego of Me!ย ๐Ÿง 

As writer David Foster Wallace put it:

โ€œ๐˜ž๐˜ฆ ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ญ, ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ค ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ง-๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ตโ€™๐˜ด ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ. ๐˜‰๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ตโ€™๐˜ด ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ถ๐˜ด. ๐˜๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ต ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ, ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ-๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฃ๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ. ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ต: ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“๐’† ๐’Š๐’” ๐’๐’ ๐’†๐’™๐’‘๐’†๐’“๐’Š๐’†๐’๐’„๐’† ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’‰๐’‚๐’—๐’† ๐’‰๐’‚๐’… ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’๐’๐’• ๐’‚๐’• ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’”๐’๐’๐’–๐’•๐’† ๐’„๐’†๐’๐’•๐’†๐’“ ๐’๐’‡.

๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ ๐˜–๐˜œ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ ๐˜–๐˜œ, ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ง๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ ๐˜–๐˜œ, ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ ๐˜–๐˜œ๐˜™ ๐˜›๐˜ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ ๐˜–๐˜œ๐˜™ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ. ๐˜–๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆโ€™๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฎ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ, ๐˜ฃ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต, ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ญ.โ€

So even if a part of me wants to perform an act of moral grandstanding here for you and pretend Iโ€™m the most selfless person in the world, Iโ€™d be lying! I acknowledge the parts of me that are highly selfish!ย ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™‚๏ธ

The only difference may be in how much I allow this selfish part of me to control my life.ย ๐ŸŽฎ

๐€๐ง๐ ๐ฒ๐ž๐ญ…

I have hope. I like to believe there eventually does comes a point in a person’s maturity where one becomes more aware of their selfish ways and discovers a new paradigm, where they see selfishness no longer has to be the sum of their life.ย ๐Ÿ™Œ

This realization hit for me at a point in my life!ย ๐Ÿ’ฅ

I like to believe thereโ€™s a point where one sets down their Ayn Rand egoism and over time more easily remembers how:

๐Ÿคฏย There are 7.7 billion other people on this planet

๐Ÿคฏย That the world doesnโ€™t revolve around us but around the sun

๐Ÿคฏย That our planet is just 1 of many inside a galaxy we call the Milky Way

๐Ÿคฏย That our galaxy is just 1 out of an estimated 2 trillion galaxies

๐Ÿคฏย That these galaxies extend within a universe estimated to be 93 billion light-years in diameter and is continually expanding…

๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธย โ€œWELL, WHEN YOU PUT IT THAT WAY DONALDโ€ฆ!โ€ย ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

We can pretend we’re each the Center of the Universe, but actually we are just, as astrophysicist Carl Sagan called our planet Earth: โ€œa mote of dustโ€.ย ๐ŸŒŽ

Or to present you the same point I’m making but in a more direct way, Iโ€™ll use the lyrics of Kendrick Lamar: โ€œSit down. Be humble.โ€ย ๐Ÿ˜Ž

So again, itโ€™s easy for us to be selfish. As Wallace put it, it’s our ‘๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ต ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ’. But itโ€™s REALLY hard to stay selfish at the forefront of your life when you embrace bigger perspectives of the world and our place within it, intellectually and especially emotionally.ย ๐ŸŒŒ

So what now? What can we do, each of us, in order to become a little less selfish? Iโ€™ll leave you again with the words of Wallaceย โฌ‡๏ธ:

โ€œ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐’“๐’†๐’‚๐’๐’๐’š ๐’Š๐’Ž๐’‘๐’๐’“๐’•๐’‚๐’๐’• ๐’Œ๐’Š๐’๐’… ๐’๐’‡ ๐’‡๐’“๐’†๐’†๐’…๐’๐’Ž ๐’Š๐’๐’—๐’๐’๐’—๐’†๐’” ๐’‚๐’•๐’•๐’†๐’๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’‚๐’˜๐’‚๐’“๐’†๐’๐’†๐’”๐’” ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’…๐’Š๐’”๐’„๐’Š๐’‘๐’๐’Š๐’๐’†, ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’๐’† ๐’•๐’ ๐’•๐’“๐’–๐’๐’š ๐’„๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’๐’–๐’• ๐’๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“ ๐’‘๐’†๐’๐’‘๐’๐’† ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’•๐’ ๐’”๐’‚๐’„๐’“๐’Š๐’‡๐’Š๐’„๐’† ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’Ž ๐’๐’—๐’†๐’“ ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’๐’—๐’†๐’“ ๐’Š๐’ ๐’Ž๐’š๐’“๐’Š๐’‚๐’… ๐’‘๐’†๐’•๐’•๐’š, ๐’–๐’๐’”๐’†๐’™๐’š ๐’˜๐’‚๐’š๐’” ๐’†๐’—๐’†๐’“๐’š ๐’…๐’‚๐’š.ย โค๏ธ

๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฌ. ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด, ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ต ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ, ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต r๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜จ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ต, ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ.โ€ย ๐ŸŒŒ

So as we continue about our days, I encourage you all to remember these words. There is a time and place for the individual, but right now the time has come to turn our focuses towards the collective.ย ๐Ÿ‘ช

And no, that doesn’t automatically make me a “Communist” for saying that!ย ๐Ÿ˜œ

If you won’t do it for yourself, do it for your loved ones. Do it because the voice in your head tells you it’s the right thing to do. Do it so you remind your survival brain who is the one that’s in charge of your life!ย โœŠ

๐ƒ๐จ ๐ข๐ญ ๐›๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐š ๐ฅ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฉ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฅ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐ก ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ง๐ .ย โค๏ธ

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