We live in a society of rights and freedoms and responsibilities.
Proponents of rights and freedoms were loud and proud when recently protesting public safety measures at Royal Inland Hospital, but there was little to no responsibility on display.
The right to protest is one thing, but why is a sense of civic responsibility so hard to grasp? And why go to the hospital when you are not feeling well? Why not just go to the livestock feed store for some horse de-wormer or stay home and drink herb tea or gargle with iodine?
These and other clear cures for COVID-19 are available from Dr. Google. Why accept professional care at the hospital when you won’t accept professional advice on prevention?
The point was well made when recent reporting from Royal Inland Hospital revealed that 13 of the 17 acute-care beds were occupied with COVID-19 patients who had endangered themselves, and others, because they had chosen not to get a vaccination against the deadly novel coronavirus.
They had exercised their right to be free in their choices, but could not accept their responsibilities for the safety of their friends, families or fellow citizens. These patients are at serious risk of dying in the name of freedom.
This virus is a successful life form. It is demonstrating a powerful ability to thrive in human hosts and will continue to thrive within those whom it can infect.
Vaccines have proven an effective preventive measure against this and other predatory viral life forms, such as polio, mumps and the flu.
I have a reality check to share — biology wins and not everyone gains wisdom at the same rate.
Please consider this writing as a mirror in which you can see yourself. I wish everyone good health and a positive self-view when viewing the reflection.
We have to recognize that reality bites. It is time to accept we are all in this together and time to show some societal responsibility.