Just The Way It Is

If I had to choose a time or a definite moment, in which I started on the (red-pill) path I am on today, it would be in ninth grade. I remember I had heard about several law-suits in the U.S., specifically the one where the old woman sues McDonald’s for its coffee being too hot when she spilt it on herself and the lawsuit where a man sues McDonald’s for making him fat. I remember hearing that the state of Virginia has no more diving boards because people keep hurting themselves and suing the pools. I never particularly like McDonald’s or like swimming pools (with all their rules), but I thought those lawsuits were fucking stupid.

I knew something was wrong because, that was all bullshit and  that those people succeeded in their cases, disgusted me. I remember talking with my Dad about this – he said it was a case of people blaming the institutions for their own stupidity and not themselves. I realized that’s why pool’s lacked diving boards, why schools have lame-ass playgrounds (thank you helicopter parents), and why schools are so afraid to actually discipline kids.

I told my Dad that I thought those lawsuits were all B.S. and that the culture of sue this, sue that in the U.S. was wrong and asked how it got there. That’s when he told me, “Well, that’s just the way things are.”

~Wald

2 thoughts on “Just The Way It Is

  1. We have more lawyers in than is sane or reasonable. There’s about one lawyer for each prison inmate, according to Wikipedia. The reason we’ve got so many lawyers is in part because running law schools is very profitable, and it’s really for students to borrow huge sums of money to pay the schools.

    This also ties in to some of your issues with medicine. There is a special vaccine court run by the federal government to administer any legal claims against providers/manufacturers. It sounds effed up, but if that weren’t in place nobody could afford to produce vaccines due to liability insurance costs.

    That’s not a good thing, by the way. Last week I had a 2 year old patient nearly die from whooping cough – that’s on the way back. So is measles. Influenza kills/contributes to the deaths of thousands of older folks in the US every year.

    You eliminate vaccines and people are going to start dying/being disfigured in very large numbers again. You probably don’t notice it, but I work in the field and I see it all the time.

    Now – are there risks associated with vaccines? Yes, some slight ones. No link to autism has been found. There is some correlation with the father’s age and reproductive health, and the egg-heads are working on that now. Frankly, I’d like to see some research done to optimize the vaccination schedule – we give a lot of shots in a very short period of time. My gut (non-scientific) tells me we could reduce the infant mortality by spacing them out. Hell, even injecting saline into a baby with that many needles is statistically guaranteed to cause problems. ‘Course, getting parents to show up on time for more appointments can be difficult. They’ll sue us in a heartbeat, of course, but bringing their kids in for 2-3 more visits in a year is a non-starter for most of my patient population.

    I challenge you to go volunteer at the nearest big hospital. See if you can get on the Pulmonology or Infectious Disease service. Watch a baby struggle to breath, and die. Experience Lockjaw up close and personal if you can. Learn what a cytokine storm is, and how it’s (sometimes) treated on a 35 year old father of 2, so he might live.

    Vaccines aren’t perfect. There are side effects. Some people suffer and die – but it’s a mere fraction of the folks who’d kick it from epiglottitis, measles, polio, and hepatitis. You can prove it to yourself by poking around your local library.

    Vaccines could probably be used better. But the alternative is much worse, unless of course you’re one of the people affected.

    I was interested to see the cancer claims as well. I’m going to ask around about that, but don’t get your hopes up. It’s not a conspiracy, either – “cancer” is an umbrella term for thousands of different diseases. “Lung cancer” is like saying “Western Region”. It is about as vague as you can be. There are hundreds of different cancers that affect the lungs, and they aren’t all similar.

    I’m not arguing with you, and hopefully you don’t feel like I’m talking down to you or anything. I’m just trying to show you my perspective – and I’m the guy who deals with the dying babies at 0200 when everyone else is asleep.

    Have a good one, man. I hope you keep writing and thinking.

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