People have a right to be angry – Eugene Weekly


“American loneliness” (GE 9/16) eventually gets to the point that shame only generates shame, which creates loneliness and can take some people to really weird corners. I am okay; Expressing contempt for vaccine resistance will not achieve the desired results, but neither is it the real problem or the solution.

This challenge borders on poor mental health at best and willful ignorance at worst. There is a large cultural, social, educational, social media misinformation, mental health complex going on here. This is not entirely new; a similar and illogical ‘we / them’ developed in 1918 and as early as the Black Death in 1349, when every Jewish citizen of Frankfurt was annihilated to spuriously prevent the spread of disease.

Now is 2021, we have real science, testing, drugs and vaccines that are working, and yet people are opting to use farm animal drugs and the like. Or worse, they turn to monoclonal antibodies that are far more expensive than vaccines, clog hospital systems, were created in the lab a year ago, and no less experimental than vax.

It can be helpful to sit down with these people and tell them that their ideas are fascinating. But we’re not all Heidi Larsons, and the rest of us find this behavior, well, crazy and destructive to the Resistance as well as the rest of us. These many contemptuous voices are people who are angry at hypocrisy, the costs to our health care system, the devastated economy (for many) and wasted political capital. They clearly have the right to be angry.

Timothy gardner


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