Back a while ago, Toyota had a problem with “unintended acceleration”. That meant you could be cruising down the road and your car, or truck, would suddenly speed up for no good reason. People were killed, maimed, and freaked out, and Toyota eventually blamed all of these accidents on floor mats. One of the first press releases said there was no “third party involvement” which meant they didn’t think anyone hacked into the vehicles’ computers and set them going really fast.
That’s another subject for another day. That’s going to happen sooner or later, you heard it here first.
But Toyota sent a guy to speak with the people at NPR, and he said something truly remarkable. He said even if it was a computer problem, and that computer problem had killed a dozen people, we were all still infinitely better off with computers in control than human beings. Human beings, the man went on to say, at their very best, are more dangerous than computers at their very worst.
I have to agree with him.
Smallpox, polio, rabies, and a host of truly horrible diseases have been kept at bay by vaccinations for decades now. No reputable doctor anywhere on this earth has ever drawn a correlation between vaccines and anything that harms human beings. And even if, in rare cases, people are hurt or killed by vaccines, we are infinitely better off with a vaccinated population than one that is not. There’s a vaccine being tested right now that might kill breast cancer in patients who have it, and prevent women from developing the disease.
Yet even as we speak, or read, or communicate via the net, there are people fighting tooth and nail to keep kids from being vaccinated against HPV, the virus that causes cervical cancer in woman. As the vaccinations move forward, cancer is being prevented, and the numbers prove it.
Cancer is pretty much the worst thing that can happen to you. Vaccinations, are not. Where’s the issue here?
You have an absolute right to be stupid. You can believe anything you feel like believing, and at the end of the day, belief is that and nothing more; it’s something you feel. You can discount thousands of doctors and millions of people who are not adversely affected by vaccines, and you can send your kid to school, where other kids with stupid parents, will spread diseases among themselves, like participation trophies at the Darwin Awards.
My mom didn’t get the polio vaccine as a child, and the disease nearly killed her. We’re fortunate she can walk. For every person out there not getting the flu shot every year, and getting the flu, they’re keeping alive a disease that kills 30,000 people every year.
That’s the math on this thing. If you can take some sort of risk for you, your kids, your family, your friends, and the rest of society, to help combat a disease that kills 30,000 people a year, what exactly is your reward for not doing this?
I’m all ears.