On Being Wrong
We’re three years into a pandemic that has changed our lives and our society…and not for the better.
To repair what can be fixed it will be needful to look back together as a nation and see what we got right and admit to what went wrong…and make as many reparations as possible.
Like many, I greeted the advent of vaccines for Covid 19 with excitement and relief.
We were led to believe and chose to believe that they were both efficacious and safe by the authorities entrusted to care for public health.
Therefore, it seemed that vaccine mandates for certain occupations made sense… indeed, it was a way of loving your neighbor as yourself to take this precaution.
Wearing a mask seemed like a trivial sacrifice in light of the severity of this modern plague.
We shut down businesses and churches and kept our distance, trying to keep ourselves and others from getting sick.
When we did get sick, we argued about what therapeutics were helpful and this became another source of division.
There were dissenting voices to all of this, but (for me) most of those voices didn’t have substantial evidence behind them.
Today, how we view Covid 19 mediations and care is split along political and idealogical lines and not necessarily medical ones.
I understand now that the vaccines were oversold to say the least…they do not prevent either infection or transmission and the current shortage of health care workers is in no small part because we fired competent people over a shot that didn’t do what was promised.
We should be rehiring these folks post haste…but the ideologues would have to admit they were wrong… I was wrong, even if I was wrong for the right reasons, I was still wrong.
Indeed, in our local hospitals Covid positive employees are allowed to work if they feel able…after five days, not a negative test.
We don’t know the risks of these shots because there have yet to be proper studies made to determine such.
We don’t know how well the boosters work because, again, there have been no studies to measure such.
Some studies show that the lockdowns did more harm than good and masking school children seems to have had profound effects on the development of younger children.
The use of drastic power without good evidence for its need gave fertile ground to all manner of of conspiracy theories and “misinformation”… but it’s time to say out loud that there was misinformation on both sides of the ideological fence.
Medicine and science should be above ideology…but that seems not to be the case anymore.
I personally believe that public health organizations were simply trying to do whatever they could to save lives in the beginning…but they have let politics and ideology shape the message since then.
The influence of big pharma needs investigated as well.
As Christians, our search should always be to find and proclaim the truth, no matter how uncomfortable that truth may be.
Our concern is for the welfare of people, not the promotion of political sides.
Our concern is not with our “rights”, but to act and do right for the common good.
In this case I was wrong about some things…and so were you.
Let’s find those places of error together and repair the breaches together.
I don’t think this pandemic over yet…but I could be wrong…