Are we immunized?

Guest Piece by Kelly, via Red Chair Reflections

Immunize (verb) im-yuh-nahyz, ih-myoo-nahyz

  • to make immune
  • to render harmless or ineffective, to neutralize
  • law: to grant immunity (as to a witness)

There is a powerful scene in the HBO series John Adams where Adams’ wife, Abigail, sees the 1775 smallpox epidemic wreaking havoc in her community. Her husband was away serving in the Continental Congress and founding our nation, and she was raising their children and running their farm and everything else on her own. As she worries for the health of herself and her children while watching neighbors succumb to the disease, she makes the courageous but terrifying decision to inoculate her children.

This scene graphically illustrates the concept of what it means medically to immunize. A bit of the virus-infected bodily fluid is introduced to a healthy host, so that the body can begin to create antibodies necessary to combat the disease. Anyone who has had allergy testing and treatment with allergy shots understands the concept well. Over a period of time, serum containing small amounts of the actual allergens to which a person reacts is introduced in increasing amounts and eventually, serious allergic reactions are reduced or eliminated.

In other words, over a period of time, the virus or pathogen that could once have caused harm or discomfort is rendered harmless or ineffective in its quest. It’s neutralized.

Vaccinations have nearly eradicated miserable diseases like smallpox, polio, mumps, and measles. Imagine the courage it must have taken in those early days, before the modern-day sterile healthcare environments and exacting, highly regulated clinical testing of today ensured safety and efficacy. But also imagine being so terrified of a disease with a devastating outcome and no cure that you would risk infecting your children in a controlled fashion with the hope that a minor infection would immunize them against a more serious one. Every time I watch the scene above, it causes me to gasp. And yet, I don’t hesitate to get a flu shot every year, and I get boosters as needed for other vaccines as recommended by my physician with no fear or worry. You could say that the fear I might feel if I really thought about the idea of putting even an inactive form of the flu virus in my body has been neutralized because for years, I’ve been vaccinated and that vaccination creates a system of antibodies that render the live flu virus mostly harmless and ineffective to me.

In order for an anti-viral vaccine to create resistance to the spread of certain contagious disease over time within a population, a sufficiently high proportion of individuals must similarly be made immune to the disease by vaccination. This is the context of “herd immunity.” If everyone is effectively inoculated in a similar fashion, the disease caused by the virus can actually be eradicated because the virus no longer has readily available welcoming hosts to sustain its viability.

But this post isn’t about healthcare, or the science behind vaccines, or the debate around their effectiveness or necessity. This post is about immunization of a different kind. With all the discussion ranging from genuine and well-founded education and concern to the associated media-fueled hysteria and insanity around the coronavirus pandemic, combined with the nonstop barrage of social media hyperventilating and finger-pointing, I’ve started to wonder if we haven’t been immunized against a lot of traits, strengths, and characteristics that we used to be taught as young children. I am starting to wonder if we have been being slowly immunized against the understanding of what community used to mean. Against the concept of sacrifice of our own self-interests in service of others. Against self-reliance. Against Judeo-Christian values. Against personal responsibility. Against intellectual curiosity. Against capitalism.

Against patriotism.

Might I suggest that all of these cultural and social “chromosomes” are the building blocks of our nation’s DNA – community, sacrifice, self-reliance, personal responsibility, Judeo-Christian values, intellectual curiosity, capitalism and patriotism fused together in our nation’s identity since our nation’s birth formed the foundation of a country that has achieved more in its relatively short life than our founders could have possibly imagined. We have saved the world from plague and scourge both physical and military, we have invented electricity, the cotton gin, the automobile, air travel, the telephone, the personal computer. Our research and funding has eradicated disease, brought water to the desert, fed the starving and cared for the sick, freed slaves and unleashed liberty and freedom at home and around the world. We put a man on the moon. All of this, and so much more, in less than 300 years. When taken in consideration of the age of our country relative to the rest of our global neighbors, we are barely entering our adolescence as a nation. If the United States of America were my child, I’d be telling you she was a prodigy. In need of some course correction and capable of some mood swings and temper tantrums, for sure, but a definite prodigy.

 

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3 thoughts on “Are we immunized?

  1. brian - March 16, 2020

    I grew up spending half my childhood on a family farm in Saskatchewan. That was the 60 – 70’s. Even then if a part broke you repaired or rebuilt it as there was nothing nearby to get parts from. I was given a 22 to shoot gophers when I was 8… yes after I was taught and supervised in shooting and handling firearms. Common sense was a real thing and freaking panicky over anything wasn’t tolerated.

    Today…. Entirely different. Schools indoctrinate kids to simply obey and repeat by rout what they’ve been ‘taught’. Questioning of the ‘teacher’ is limited to what the teacher decides is enough and shutting down anything they don’t like. Social engineering by the social marxists has been very successful. Solution… unplug. Stop watching lamestream media… stop the fakebook, twit’rs and ‘social media’ altogether. Do more with family and community…

  2. Jimmy MacAfee - March 16, 2020

    The only reason Hollywood went against Hitler was because he attacked their buddy Stalin; up until that point, Jewish composers and writers were ousted from movie roles, because Hollywood didn’t want to lose movie exports to Germany. Like the NBA today, vis a vis China, Hollywood only became patriotic when it became necessary to do so. Labor Unions and Hollywood and the State Department were infiltrated with Communists. And Joe McCarthy wasn’t wrong.

    Our country has always conducted political business in a messy, sometimes violent manner; early elections were far worse in terms of raw verbal abuse, innuendo, slander and assault (in some cases.) We’ve always been a squabbling lot, and that’s part of what gives us our character and the ability to rise up together when we have a common enemy. Let me paint you a picture:

    Four boys raised together that fight a lot amongst themselves learn to fight. Their internecine battles end when a common threat emerges. We are like that. Or have been, until a certain sector tried to betray us to high bidders overseas, in China and Europe. It’s as if one of the boys had intended to sell the other three into slavery.

    That’s why things are different. The betrayer also has other ambitions: to weaken us morally, mentally, physically, emotionally: they want us to become dependent. Kind of like when Big Pharma wants us to become dependent upon vaccines for illnesses that are highly adaptable, mutable and common, instead of following good sanitation practices and respecting others enough not to go to places where a lot of people congregate while we’re sick. This is selfishness, and a public’s reliance on Big Pharma instead of self.

    Typhoid Marys are all the rage these days, and sometimes they act on orders from an unacknowledged enemy:

    “Titled “Italian residents hug Chinese people to encourage them in coronavirus fight,” the brief video shows a handsome, casually dressed young Chinese man standing in a busy pedestrian area in Florence. He’s blindfolded and wearing a surgical mask, next to a handwritten sign reading the following in Italian and Chinese: “I am not a virus. I am a human being. Free me from prejudice.” Then, as stirring electronic music swells, passersby hug him and touch his face to remove his blindfold and mask.”
    Video
    https://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/watch-chinese-government-encourages-italians-to-fight-coronavirus-racism-by-hugging-strangers/

    1. Jimmy MacAfee - March 16, 2020

      Sorry about the ad slipping in there.

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