And other questionable responses…
I’ve had a few FB conversations recently about COVID lockdowns and compulsory COVID vaccination. Rather than responding to each one individually, I thought it would be more effective to put all of my concerns in one place. I want to say four things: 1) There are liberties that are essential to human wellbeing that should not be left to government discretion. 2) Lockdowns do not seem to be more effective in dealing with COVID. 3) Lockdowns amount to homicide. 4) Compulsory vaccination is not the answer.
1) Basic Human Liberties:
Human wellbeing depends on autonomy, the freedom to choose one’s own life-direction in order to have a life that is worth living. I do not believe that any government can legitimately revoke the basic liberties necessary for this level of autonomy. The basic liberties I think all people should be afforded include being free to visit loved-ones, whether they live nearby or on the other side of the world, being free to work and provide for one’s family, being free to gather to celebrate, mourn or worship (even if that means being within 1.5m of each other), and the freedom to choose one’s own pursuit of wellbeing, happiness, and meaning. A government that restricts these basic liberties is tyrannical, and so illegitimate. I think this is the most controversial of my points, but also the most important. Everyone should be asking themselves right now what they are, and are not, willing to accept from elected officials. What’s your breaking point? What will you do when you reach it? These are important questions for anyone. By this, I certainly do not mean to imply that any form of violent protest is an acceptable response under current circumstances, only that there are times when one must make a stand.
2) Lockdowns are not more effective in dealing with COVID.
There are so many variables in Covid responses that any claims should be taken with a grain of salt, but here are some interesting statistics that were accurate at time of writing.
· South Korea did not impose lockdown, they have had 529 deaths out of 35,703 reported cases, making the mortality rate 1.62%, and .001% of the total population.