Have you ever been truly afraid, like full on, you are going to die, your heartbeat is bursting and crushing your chest; you can't breathe, and life is flashing before your eyes? I have, on several occasions, but today let's just talk about a few rational fears.
I have shared before that I have been caught up in a mistaken identity case that lead me to have several cops pointing guns at me, while one had a gun placed up against my head. This was a fear moment. I looked out at the police and I thought: Oh my God, they are afraid, and this made me terrified. Just one wrong move, one car backfiring and I was going to be done. (I was right to be afraid, but had I let me fear consume me, if I started acting wildly, my fear would have destroyed me)
Another time, I was about five, I couldn't swim, and children where slowly paddling a log we were holding onto further and further from the beach (the dam) shore. I let go, and sunk. It felt as though the ground was sucking me under, bubbles were floating all around, I was going to die, I knew it....I was enveloped by fear...at first, and yet, after a few seconds, a peace washed over me and I was no longer afraid. Lucky me, my older sister Melissa pulled me out to safety.
I shared before about my last trip to Arizona when Deavan and I were driving back and decided to sit in the outside hot-tub, even though it was snowing, we thought: Hey, why not. We were alone, sitting in the tub, talking when Deavan said: someone is watching us. Oh goodness turned into, oh shit when we realized it was a wolf staring at us. We were somewhat safe because the pool and tub were gated...but we couldn't stay in the water forever...so we devised a plan. Deavan would stay behind me, practically hug my body as we slowly walked backwards, that way if the wolf attacked, I could sacrifice myself why she ran like hell for help. Lucky us nothing happened. Now please note: It is clear that there is something more powerful than fear and I believe that to be love. I am being completely honest when I say I was prepared to throw myself at this wolf to protect my baby.
This brings me to the point of this article. Fear is a part of life. It can lead to both good and bad situations. Yet I have noticed it isn't necessarily FEAR that is driving this strange madness we see unfolding daily on the news, the news-feeds of social medias and in work and group places....NO!...It is fear mixed with ignorance that will cause the most damage. The first story should demonstrate this. If the police officers new me, they wouldn't be afraid, all they knew is that I matched the description of a crazed woman who had just slaughter her family.
Second reason. Parents, for the most part, will do anything for their children, they are willing to fling themselves in harms way if need be and I believe this can lead to some nasty things. Example: Parents are arguing with other parents in irrational, illogical, and downright murderous tones. Yet an informed parent, an educated (whether formal or no) will be less afraid and thus create a better balance between, that which will happen and that which may happen, can be achieved. You cannot ask me to sacrifice my child, even if it is remote, to save your child, why? How would you respond if the opposite was true?
BUT....The big but!
How can we hope for a better society when it is society itself that is breeding this ground of ignorance? How can we hope to break from the cycle we have created when we are taught to be stupid? Taught to fear those who are suppose to love us, and made to feel like conspiracy people if we even ask: Why? Think about this, I am 38-years old and in this time the world has tried to make me very fearful, as in end of the world fearful about the following things:
- HIV, AIDS: If you were not around in the 80's you may have missed out on the greatest fear campaign ever. .
- Bird Flu
- Swine Flu
- Ebola....Actually EBOLA twice.
- EV68:Still floating around
- The sun
- The air
- The flu: This is a new one, just popped up about 4 years ago and now the media scares us all the time with it.
- Big government
- Little government
Etc.... The media should read: The Boy Who Cried Wolf.
Did you catch that: the Measles...Yes...the measles...oh no...not something as bad as the measles (just kidding, it can be serious, but if caught in time and with the proper care, many will be fine). Now an educated person would ask the following: Why are they hyping the Measles? I mean right now a SUPER BUG (don't you love those words: Super Bug) Is sickening 2 Million Americans a YEAR and of those 20,000 are dying! 20,000....say it again...20,000!!! And this number is growing at an alarming rate. Measles, in its heyday, you know before the all mighty vaccination, infection never caused 20,000 deaths. (yes I am using USA numbers only, one cannot say: World-wide when it comes to disease because that skews everything!) To quote Oxford Medical journal (find link here):
">90% of Americans were infected with the measles virus by age 15 years . This equated to roughly 1 birth cohort (4 million people) infected with measles each year. Not all cases were reported to the public health system; from 1956 to 1960, an average of 542,000 cases were reported annually.By the late 1950s, even before the introduction of measles vaccine, measles-related deaths and case fatality rates in the United States had decreased markedly, presumably as a result of improvement in health care and nutrition. From 1956 to 1960, an average of 450 measles-related deaths were reported each year (∼1 death/ 1000 reported cases), compared with an average of 5300 measles-related deaths during 1912–1916 (26 deaths/ 1000 reported cases)"
Also note something else the media isn't reporting about the Measles and then ask yourself why? The CDC has confirmed many of the Measles cases floating around in the US right now are from Genotype B3 (Identified Genotype thus far are: A, B2-3, C1-2, D2-11, G 2-3, H1-2) The MMR vaccine protects against Enders' attenuated Edmonston Strain. Which is Genotype A. Why aren't they questioning the ability of the MMR shot to even protect against B3? (Why do I bring this up, remember if you will the Polio-like illness that captured headlines a few months ago: It was EV68 which is an enterovirus....the most famous: Polio, science knows that each class or family of enteroviruses mimics those in its family. Clearly the Polio vaccination could not protect children against its cousin EV68, so why isn't anyone asking: Well how effective is the MMR shot at protecting against B3 if it is made for A?)
(Sources for my claims: http://www.cdc.gov/measles/lab-tools/genetic-analysis.html, http://jid.oxfordjournals.org/content/204/suppl_1/S533.full, and
So answer the question: Why is the media going crazy over the measles, when we actually do have real medical threats to worry about: Super-bugs, Diabetes, and drugs: pharmaceutical drugs, which kill around 100 people everyday. Now would I ever say: We must outlaw all pharmaceutical drugs, they are killing 100 people every day. (some stats show as many as 100,000 people die from medicine each year) NO! Of course I wouldn't say that because like it or not many of these drugs do help and do save people...
Sorry: So, please, today, I would love to know what you think: Why is the media reporting on the measles as though it is the end of the world and everyone is going to die?
(Here is what I think: It's ratings baby. They want people to look at their news. And the old adage: If it bleeds it leads is now: If people comment...go with it. And oh...People will comment the shit out of anything that has anything to do with Vaccines. ) (Could it also be a ploy to hide something more grave? Maybe. Could it be a way to make the pharmaceuticals more money? Maybe. Could it be they don't report on real dangers because they are afraid what the public might do? Maybe, maybe....after all, we are going stark raving mad over a handful of cases of Measles...what happens if the public finds out about something serious?)