There on that hillock is a herd of cattle, all but one of which is inoculated against hoof-and-mouth disease. Chances are the one beast that escaped vaccination won’t fall ill since that malady is spread fastest in herds where lots of individuals are infected. And here, of course, none can become infected. There will be no other cows to pass the disease to our iconoclast.
Such are the dry facts. But suppose our lone bovine, recognizing its unique status, were to say to the other cows, “Moo”, which translated is, “Vaccinations are bad for you. Vaccinations take the savor from the taste of grass and cause our calves to stare too much. Look at me. I’m not vaccinated and I never get sick, I love grass, and my calf doesn’t stare.”
The cow—stick with me, we’re almost there; the title will make sense, I promise—would thus sound like any one of a dozen Hollywood actresses who with wild eyes and intense convictions take to the airways and announce they are “against” vaccinations. One lady summed up the now common suspicion of vaccines thusly:
- “Pharmaceutical Companies Can’t Be Trusted”—they’re only in it for themselves.
- “ALL Vaccines are Loaded with Chemicals and other Poisons”—they do more harm than good.
- “Fully Vaccinated Children are the Unhealthiest, Most Chronically Ill Children I Know”—it’s child abuse!
- “Other Countries Are Waking Up to the Dangers of Vaccines”—not everybody believes as we do.
- “You Can Always Get Vaccinated, But You Can Never Undo a Vaccination”—things cannot be unseen, either.
We’re finally ready for our ridiculously stretched analogy.
The call of the Enlightened is to remove religion from the public sphere. The joys that await The People when this happens are promised to be many and deep. Yet the percentage of Enlightened are small and they, like the majority, bask in the fruits of religion, for example like hospitals, peace, charity, science, and more importantly the desire for these things if not always the things themselves. Once religion is banished, these desires will wane and even disappear.
The Enlightened are thus like vain Hollywood actresses who are sure vaccination (religion) is the cause of many evils. They are immune like the lone cow is immune from the evils caused by the absence of vaccination (religion). Since they don’t fall ill, protected as they are by the inoculated (religious) around them, they are sure they will never fall ill, and that their non-inoculated (religion-free) states are superior.
And just look at what happens to those who are vaccinated (catechized)! Autism (ignorance), immune system (susceptibility) and neurologic disorders (credulity), hyperactivity (ditto), learning disabilities (ignorance), multiple sclerosis (fixity of vision), and many other disorders.
On the whole, vaccines cause more diseases than they cure. Vaccines are child abuse! The vaccine didn’t do me any personal good, therefore it doesn’t do any good to anybody. Best to eliminate them and the diseases which everybody fears, which are really caused by imbalance with nature, will disappear of their own accord. Belief in “invisible friends” discourages belief in reality. Religion is a threat to rationality and science, which is defined as the absence of religion.
Why, remove Christianity and we can remove that last vestiges of art as beauty, everybody can be an artist, everybody is an artist. We can go back to the old days (the really old days) and get going strong on polygamy, incest (why not?), abortion, infanticide, euthanasia (voluntary and otherwise). Sure, Christianity brought us the university, but only to promulgate philosophy and metaphysics. Science (as now defined) has removed the need for these outmoded concepts.
Sure, religion brought us hospitals and the idea that the sick should be cured. But this slows down evolution, which too many people want to stop. We have the tools we need now to enhance and perfect the human race.
Okay, so all this is weak. It’s just me thinking out loud, playing; filler for a slow day. Our generation, perhaps because we were given the best toys, concentrate on the now and forget the past. Too many of us not only have no memory of the benefits religion brought us, but have turned history upside down and believe it was religion that has held back progress. This implausible story has been debunked countless times (see esp. Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies) but the debunking never sticks.
People have an active interest in seeing it doesn’t. Another sign that the herd immunity is weakening.