At a recent annual provaccine conference, it is reported that delegates expressed remorse at “strong arm” tactics. Could it be that the MenZB vaccination campaign, and the latest Gardasil efforts, have seriously backfired in their faces? People are sick of being emotionally blackmailed with drama-queen DVD’s about “How you will die if you don’t” or “Vaccination is the right thing to do, because everyone else does it.” And “You are irresponsible if you don’t!”
But here’s the thing. When is remorse, remorse? And how do you define “remorse”? Remorse for how parents feel after being mauled by provaccine zealots? Remorse for the next child they hear about with yet another vaccine reaction? Remorse for those chlidrens’ parents when they are stone-walled by the medical profession? Remorse when non-vaccinators are treated as if they are serial rapists, criminals or have munchhausens? Yes, work that one out!
“Remorse” in this scenarios is defined as the realization that previous tactics have failed to result in the numbers vaccinated, edging close to the magical 95%.
But there’s something deeper than that.
“Remorse” as I see it, involves a deep conviction that I must right a wrong. That kind of remorse, doesn’t come into it
To be continued.