Sorry for my long absence, I am writing to say that this will be my last post. Google have forced my hand. They have been asking for my date of birth for some time. I have refused to give it because they say it is for my 'safety'. They do not need to know who I am and I don't believe them. Anyway, foolishly I gave a date of 25.10.20 and they asked me to get my parents to verify this as I am too young to have a Google Account. The upshot of this is that I have had to give my real date of birth and my credit card details to prove this is me. I object strongly to giving Google this amount of data and will be deleting my blog in the coming month.
What I wanted to write about is Informed Consent. It is something that has been bothering me for some time. Many moral commentators are saying that they subscribe to the notion that the vaccine must only be given under informed consent, it should not be compulsory. I agree that it should not ever be compulsory, but I can not agree to the notion that it can be given under informed consent. Informed consent suggests that if you have enough information you can process that information to make a reasoned judgement about the choices you make. My head can not around this idea at all. Information can never equal truth, you can never have enough information on which to base a decision. Decisions are not made through objective reason, we can pretend to ourselves that they are reasonable, but self-interest and comfort always lie at the bottom of our decisions. Also the science of vaccinations is so complex and the science of viruses even more complex and not very well understood that the facts we are chasing are relative, subjective and dependent on the experts who produce them.
Prehistoric Thinking Romanians (c 4000BC)
So if Informed Consent is impossible, are the moralists who say the vaccine is evil and that we sin in taking it correct? Sorry, but I can't get my head around this either. I maintain that taking the vaccine is morally neutral. It has to be. You can take it for the wrong reasons and sin in doing so, you can decline from taking it for the wrong reasons and sin in doing so. Indeed the latter of these two options is by far the most toxic: the sin of pride 'I'm not like those vaccine takers, I am superior to them and am keeping myself clean and pure through not taking it' ....... Pharisee and Publican methinks......
The bottom line is that the fallacy of Western style individualism is really being shown up here. It sees us as autonomous decision making individuals, each like a rat in a maze. The truth of the matter is we are not, we are family, we are brothers. The fact that this concept has been bastardised by the Freemasons is evidence of its validity. Everything we do affects for better and worse every other member of the family, and this is why we must constantly pray for the loving kindness of God. At best we can minimise the amount of damage we can do, it is only God that turn it around for His Glory. Perhaps these vaccines work, perhaps they don't, perhaps there is something sinister behind them, perhaps there is not.... none of this matters and any decision we make regarding what we do in this mater is irrelevant next to the more important work of our earthly lives: constantly turning to God in bewilderment, humility, love and trust.