I went on Reddit to help me deal with my anti-vax friends.
Seems like the thing to do in 2021, am I right? Who here has NOT turn to Reddit in despair to get some insights into their wild-with-conspiracies anti-science gone BONKERS friends?!
I learned some things by browsing through countless of personal accounts from the anonymous people of the Inter Net. These are some highlights:
*No one knows ANYTHING about ANYTHING. Even the bright minds of the wild wild web.
*There are so many heartbreaking stories out there of families breaking apart over conspiracy theories and misinformation driving people to a digital or political cult of some kind. So unbelievably sad. I am most definitely not the only one losing friends over this kind of a dilemma.
*If a friendship ends over this - it may not have been a true friendship before.
*Reddit can be cruel, brutally honest, and oh-so-addictive.
*Anti-vaxxers are everywhere and have all kinds of ways to dress up their fears: 'We don't know the long term effects yet', 'It's Big Pharma!', 'Freedom!!', 'My body, my choice', 'it's a human rights issue!', 'I'm no sheep!' etc.
*Many Anti-vaxxers will start their claims by saying 'I'm not an anti vaxxer, BUT.....'
*Immunity is community. And when so many people around the world live in places where vaccinations are NOT available at all - what does it say about a community when a large portion of its members oppose it because 'the government', 'THEY', 'Microchip', 'Controlling world population' and other absurd claims that are rooted in nothing but fear, mistrust and separation? Oy.
Lastly, my biggest take from my research down the rabbit hole of like minded people on Reddit is:
The world isn't binary. It isn't black and white. It isn't good or evil.
It is many many shades of colors and people are mixed and flawed and are never ONE thing.
If a friendship is meant last and withstand crisis - it will.
In April 2020, while experiencing her first ever global pandemic, Tamar Pelzig pledged to write something every day, even if it's only a word, so she welcomed to the world a daily blog to keep her creative writing wheels rolling.
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