It all started with a Facebook post where someone shared an article stating that more than 13 thousand babies weren’t vaccinated in Portugal and that measles could come back.
The woman sharing this article framed it as “Please don’t refrain from vaccinating your children!”.
Curious by nature, my head didn’t want to ignore this post as it made me think whether the woman sharing it had at least ever reflected about this theme once in her life.
So I made a comment that could not tell my insignificant position regarding this or any other issue — “Please do not allow yourself to be influenced by whatever media or any other entity tells you and instead do your own research about vaccination.”. Immediately I was backlashed by some other woman and blamed for “anti-vaccination criminal thinking”.
What got me to write this article was something this woman wrote in reply to my comment afterwards: “What makes you go on a research about vaccines?”.
What makes me go on research about vaccines? Did I read it well?
This is not an article about vaccines, just to make things clear. It is rather one about how the majority of people don’t question whatever is presented in front of them, me included at times in my life.
Let’s rewind quite a bit. (I’ll be very general for the purpose of my message and put everyone in the same bag. It’s not my intent to hurt any Ego). Let’s go back to when we were toddlers playing around. The time when we started learning what is “good” and what is “bad”. Guided by our loved ones we were taught that “if you don’t do so as I tell you, you are a bad boy”, “do it like this because that’s how things are done”, “just do so as I’m telling you because I’m your mother”, etc. etc. From an early age we started to get used to not questioning things, to behave “well”, to obey with no further queries.
We went to school. Sitting behind a table we started to obey another entity, this time one that is not a family member. A teacher which guided us into their ideals, ways of thinking and with their own bias. We were still not called to think for ourselves. We learnt history without critical thinking, just following old books. The books that our government wants us to learn from (and therefore each country can have a different story about the same event). We learnt how to decipher poems from a famous writer in a certain way, not by encouraging our sensitivity nor our own interpretation skills. And, without even realising “it”, we would later be ready to pursue a degree without ever questioning a single bit of what authorities (family and teachers) have told us up until this point. Maybe the degree was not even what we wanted for us, but we had some small implanted ideas in our little minds that we would do great lawyers, engineers, doctors etc. And do not forget that these people that were our authorities, were once just like us, taught by other authorities.
We then started to get more into different movements and interests — politics, environment, ethics, economics. And we read, listened to and soaked everything said on tv, newspapers, by friends, family members, social media, community. We made decisions, we voted, we took sides and we took part in discussions. We got a job and we could easily fit in the schedule (in truth we were trained for that while in school). We then have a boss, and once again we were also very prepared for that, as they were just another authority in our lives telling us what to do. Or maybe we didn’t have a boss but instead we chose to be The boss, but as a matter of fact the authorities were still there — the government, the banks, the big pharma, etc.
Somewhere along the way, we rarely stopped to question whether what mom said was correct, if what the teacher said made sense, if what the boss said was doubtful, if what the doctor said was the best option, if what the prime minister said was true. We just assume that something said by someone “above” us is the truth, for our own good, with our best interest, and we almost never reflect on it. Other times we just follow what our peers do and say, just because. I don’t blame us… We were raised that way and so did our parents and their parents and so on.
But that doesn’t mean we should allow that to keep happening and neither to keep perpetuating it with the future generations. Now is the time to wake up (if you haven’t already). It is time to start questioning whether what you were told is or not the truth. Your truth. The truth you want to live by or that conveys you the best.
As humans, we are very well programmed to follow the herd:
Example 1 — Did you know that back in the day (way way way back) people thought that the Earth was the centre of the solar system? Who said so? An astronomer, student of the philosopher Plato. Was he knowledgeable about the planets, stars or milky way? Yes! Does this mean that everything that he said within that theme was correct? Negative! Do we go by another theory now, called Heliocentrism? Yes. Is it the truth? Maybe…Until someone finds another one.
Example 2 — Did you know that nowadays vaccines are known to be the most effective way to prevent diseases? Who said so? World Health Organization. Are those experts working for WHO knowledgeable about viruses, diseases, DNA? Yes! Does this mean that everything that they say within that theme is correct? Negative! Are there many interests and money involved within this (and other) organizations that benefit from selling pharmaceutical products? Big time! Are there many documentaries, doctors interviews and research stating that vaccines can do more harm than good? Yes! Are they correct? Maybe BUT you should be able to decide for yourself after learning more about it.
Going back to the question “What makes you go on a research about vaccines?”. What makes me go on research about vaccines or anything that I put in my body is knowing that no matter what some experts say, there is a possibility for that not to be the truth. What makes me go on research about what I eat, drink, wear and apply on myself is knowing that sometimes what brands want is not generally in your best wellbeing but rather making money and maybe keeping the big pharma alive. And lastly what makes me go researching whatever it is, is taking responsibility for my actions and not leaving it in any other human being’s hands.
Oh and never forget to see who’s the author of the research. Was it the milk industry conducting the research to prove that milk is good for you? The sugar industry to blame diseases on fat to save their asses?
What happens if we don’t question and do our own research? We become sheeps very easy to manipulate within the herd. We continue doing as they say, how they say and when they say. And then we wonder…”how did I get sick?”, “why do I have debts?”, “why is that I can’t be truly happy”, and we keep believing in every little thing that authorities and others say so, without double checking anything.
Reflecting, thinking, questioning and researching takes time. However, it might make up for what you can find out, feeling more in charge of your life or simply just for the sake of double checking something.
Does any of this make sense? Will you start questioning what I just wrote? I would :)