Who’s to Blame?

It’s been almost two weeks now since vaccination in the nation has started. Opponents of the inoculation whose reasons for distrust range from low efficacy, adverse allergic effects, death and injection of a microchip as the mark of the beast, should be making their own tally of the latest number of deaths or adverse effects caused by the vaccine. In the assumption that such fears are factual, news programs should include in their headlines a daily rundown of the rise of the casualties of the vaccine. They should show a graph of the mounting number of cases of deaths and disability due to the injection. There should be one graph for deaths, one graph for severe allergic effects, one for mild allergic effects, and maybe another one for persons who have received the mark of the beast. I’ve been watching for that on TV Patrol or 24 Oras, but so far, they haven’t shown anything like it. Maybe they’re having a news blackout sanctioned by the national government that supports vaccination and has cast a death wish on its citizens. For what agenda? I don’t know. Maybe they have ties with QAnon in the United States. Maybe it’s a big international conspiracy to spread death and disability to people all over the world, and maybe brainwash us all to be zombies of the beast. But face it, my paranoid android friends, there isn’t any of these for almost two weeks now in the Philippines, and there hasn’t been anything similar to these in other countries. So, maybe that’s a sign to reconsider your fears.

The President blames the Vice President. Did she launch a campaign against vaccination?

Months ago, the President and his spokesman declared that there would be only one brand of vaccine for the Filipinos, and that we don’t have any choice. Well, not exactly. We were just told not to be choosy. So, I guess that’s pretty much the same. . So, it’s like a child who for the longest time has been nagging his father to buy him his own laptop. When the father finally consents to purchase the son his much coveted computer, Daddy dear recommends a certain brand which is sold by his suspiciously close friend. Father tells son that he could not choose any other brand, just his friend’s product. When son starts to ask questions and starts to consider other brand, father gets irately mad and starts cursing between his speech the merits of his friend’s laptop.

To spice things up, the son hears from his friends who have had some experience with gadgets, that this laptop which father’s friend sells, is about 50% slower than the ideal speed for a computer. Son tries to tell his father that maybe he should wait for other brands to be on sale on the market. But alas, father fumes with fury, slams his fist on the table, stomps his foot on the wall and issues an ultimatum that the son should choose to use his recommended laptop. Just for a minute here, imagine how that affects the son’s trust towards the laptop. Just imagine how this weird situation smudges the son’s excitement to get the laptop.

I guess it all builds upon the 50% efficiency, but when a person in authority forcibly endorses a certain product, that raises questions and suspicions. Definitely, the son would want to choose a computer which works at an optimum level. But when his father muscles him to get his favored unit, the son’s interest towards that laptop computer starts to wane down. Maybe, even if the father buys that computer despite his son’s questions, the son would probably be not as excited or as willing to use it as she should be. Now, the father starts to wonder why on earth does his son has become not very interested on the laptop anymore, when to begin with, wasn’t the young one the one who asked for it? The son may be forming reservations in his head on the what goes on behind this questionable recommendations. Does the father get a cut from the sale of the laptop? Is the father under some sort of debt with laptop selling friend? Is the father planning to ask favor from his laptop selling friend? On top of that, the son wonders why his father is so excited with a slow computer.

Maybe if the father had done it some other way, the son would not react so negatively about buying that laptop. But all that drama just created so much mess on his perceptions. Now who’s to blame?

“Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things.”

Romans 2:1