*steps onto soapbox*
Stop reading now if it drives you nuts when I get up here and rant. I'll warn you in advance that I don't give a shit if I get flamed for this because it's my blog and I'm taking it and going home. So there....
I stopped being passionate about things a few years ago because I realized that at the end of the day I didn't accomplish anything and only managed to upset myself. Yes, I recognize this is an apathetic approach to life but it keeps me sane. To quote my father, the master of the cliche, "Opinions are like assholes, everyone has one and most of the time they stink".
Here's my problem. Lately I've acquired this child and the fire burning beneath the surface has reared its ugly head. See I may have become apathetic about things that impact me, but I have a really hard time being apathetic about things that impact her. I'm not political or religiously inclined, but I take exception to people who want to control my body or put my health at risk. So all the usual suspects piss me off - the status of healthcare, the influence of big pharma, the abortion debate and the latest addition to my personal club of hate ...the vaccination drama.
Everybody's gotta point the finger at someone when something bad happens. My husband likes to shit all over Americans for being so litigious. He likes to say things like, "you know, sometimes people just die and that's the way it goes and it doesn't mean you're entitled to turn around and sue the doctor just because they happened to be in proximity". Actually you are entitled and that's part of the challenge - you are entitled to point the finger whether it's right or wrong. The right to point the finger is the cornerstone of our society. It levels the playing field - all people rich or poor can fight when they've been legitimately wronged. Legitimately is such a subjective concept.
Yea I know, there's a big old conspiracy out there trying to mislead the sheep. We shouldn't trust big pharma, be an informed consumer of medical advice, blah blah blah. I get it. But here's the deal, some people aren't smart enough to to digest and make an informed decision. They are the reason why there are warnings on plastic packing material that tell you that it poses a suffocation hazard. These people are not smart enough to consume, digest and then choose a course of action. They are the very same people who don't understand that shit just happens sometimes and it doesn't give you the right to poison the well for everyone else.
So who gets the venom today (aside from all the vaccine haters out there) - Pennsylvania. They let unvaccinated children mingle with the vaccinated ones. I stab my kid in the legs every few months to build immunity. I can live with the crying and crank ass she becomes because I'm taking one for the team. I know that she's healthier for it and so are the rest of the kids who can't be vaccinated for actual medical reasons. I'm also taking one for the kids whose parents probably spent too much time with plastic bags over their heads as children because no one told their idiot parents that oxygen deprivation causes brain damage. Good thing for those warnings these days...
I keep my fingers crossed that my kid makes it through the vaccination schedule without coming into contact with some child of an ill informed fanatic who happens to be carrying something she has yet to be vaccinated against. In the mean time I will do my part to make sure that she stays well.
*steps off soapbox*
PS - for anyone who thinks I'm being mean, please know that I refrained from making a comment about Darwinian theory. Ooops, I guess I didn't.