Friday Firesmith – Your Right To Be Stupid

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.

The Mayo Clinic on HPV Vaccinations

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.

Take Care,

Mike writes regularly at his site:  The Hickory Head Hermit.
Opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those of the management of this site.

12 thoughts on “Friday Firesmith – Your Right To Be Stupid”

  1. The problem is that the US government has forbidden lawsuits for defective products. That alone is a good reason to refuse to participate.

    • Yes SmartAZ, you have the right to not participate, the right to not be part of the human herd. However, standing on principle isn’t high enough to keep you above the stench of dying children, especially your own.
      If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.

    • That rationale assumes the vaccine to be most likely defective. If you already assume that, it’s unlikely you will participate anyhow. To blame the government is just an excuse to not accept one’s responsibility for making poor uninformed choices. Hence the title of the essay.

  2. the rumor’s about Vaccine’s link to Autism began with a physician (Andrew Wakefield) working at the Royal Free Hospital in London made the claim that autism was caused by the measles, mumps and rubella vaccines. His article was published in the “Lancet” in February 1998; This claim was rather quickly disputed and no subsequent research has duplicated his finding. in 2005 the Lancet retracted the article after it was shown to be flawed and had evidence of misconduct, conflict of interest and outright falsehoods in the article. but there are still nutcases spreading this claim despite it been shown to be demonstrably false over 15 years ago.

    It should also serve as a reminder that being a famous celebrity lilke Jim Carrey, Jessica Biel or Jenny McCarthy or even someone that stars in a reality show and goes on to become president of the united states may have no more intellectual legitimacy than the average turnip.

  3. The other elephant in the room is that Insurance companies will drop you if you sign up to participate in disease related research. My Dad firmly believed that there were cures out there…but there’s no money in curing people – only in treating (and prolonging) their symptoms/diseases).

  4. IQ has nothing to do with being vaccinated or not being vaccinated. We all are given free choice by our Creator and when we exercise that free choice, we must accept the consequences. I do not nor have not gotten the vaccination for several years now and I have not come down with the flu while watching others that have gotten the vaccine suffer the effects of it. So let’s not equate choice with IQ, ignorance or stupidity. We all have reasons for WHY we do things so let us all do what we think is the best for each of us.

    • Earl, I think the problem is more with other vaccinations than just the flu. Some deadly diseases that were all but eliminated due to vaccinations have begun to reappear because some people don’t get vaccinated for whatever reason. They’re a danger to society in general just as drunk drivers are on the road. I’d be good with them taking the risk of contracting a disease that would kill them if it didn’t also pose a threat to other innocent people.

  5. I have no time for anti vaxxers. I have worked in hospitals, and seen and heard babies gasping for breath with whooping cough, a couple of them succumbing to it, despite top treatment. They were too young to be vaccinated, but well meaning visitors unknowingly passed it on. As grandparents we had booster shots of whooping cough vaccine, as it can wear off. Measles is making a comeback here, due to anti vaxxers, and people coming from overseas. You can still be a carrier or even contract a disease if you are vaccinated, but playing on the safe side is a no brainer.

  6. So what y’all are saying is I have a right to be stupid and at the same time I have no right without your permission. Well, I am going to charm school so you’ll just have to imagine what my reply is.

    • You have the right without anyone’s permission, that’s written in stone.
      What I’m saying to you is, it’s a very bad choice to base your decision of the shenanigans of Big Pharma and the politicians they buy, rather than the lives of children.

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