In our inverted ‘reality’, any of the overwhelming majority of immunocompetent who deviate even slightly from the extreme protocols—such as crossing the 6′ barrier —and thus threaten the small minority of immunocompromised, are considered irresponsible and even hated for causing potential agonizing death to innocent people. Let’s assume that a tiny minority of the tiny minority of the immunocompromised got that way through no responsibility of their own. Let’s leave out the possibility that people who voluntarily submit to pharmaceutical drug use including immune suppressing drugs and toxic vaccines may be responsible for their own immune compromise —though doctors and the medical profession generally, established originally by the Rockefeller family, and such later criminals as the Sackler family who are up to their eyeballs in the opioid epidemic, may be more responsible. And let’s leave out old people, say in excess of 65, since we can hardly blame people for wanting to live as opposed to the alternative —although elders in the past had developed traditions of voluntary euthanasia when they recognized they had become more of a burden on their families and clans than contributors, thus making voluntary euthanasia an act of filial love. We can even leave out children who sometimes become adults whose mothers listened to ‘experts’ and bottle fed children instead of conferring the #1 factor in life-long immune health, natural nursing (C-section birth is another factor, but let’s leave out that too).
We are left with people who through their own irresponsibility contribute to their own immune compromise, threatening the rest of us. They take ‘recreational’ drugs and alcohol that lowers their immune systems. This they do voluntarily. They overeat, especially sugar and carbs, and become obese, lowering immunity and becoming a disease vector to the rest of us. They don’t exercise or get fresh air and sunshine, depressing their immune systems and making themselves transmitters of disease. They eat nutrient-deficient diets, starving their immune cells of vital nutrients they need to function, and so make of themselves incubators of disease they spread to the rest of us. They smoke tobacco, cannabis, crack and who knows what else that tar their lungs and make them particularly susceptible to airborne disease, which their deficient immune systems harbor and spread to the rest of us. They engage in a wide range of behaviors of their own free choice, and avoid other behaviors of their own free will, that make them the Irresponsible Immunocompromised.
And then they comply with the dictates of their ‘champions’ and demand the rest of us, who are making good a faith effort—the sacrifices and disciplines needed to be healthy, make further sacrifices and be even more disciplined in order to protect them! And anyone who relaxes in maintaining the new social distancing rules is shouted at as being irresponsible! Why is no one shouting —with love, mind you —at these Irresponsible Immunocompromised to get their acts together and start supporting their natural immune health and join the rest of us who are trying to be healthy and contribute to real ‘herd immunity’?
We are given an answer to this question by those ‘champions’ of the immunecompromised mentioned earlier: They are victims. It is irresponsible to blame the victim, they can’t help it, they are the way they are and the rest of us have to adjust. Again. We must show compassion and understanding, and we must monitor ourselves for strict compliance with our sacrifices and disciplines to protect them. They are the most vulnerable after all, and what kind of society would we be if we did not do our utmost to protect the most vulnerable among us?
Well, such a society wouldn’t be ‘progressive’. An enlightened ‘progressive’ would never dream of saying “these people, these Irresponsible Immunocompromised must now make a choice. We’ll help them if they decide to change their ways and start applying the sacrifices and disciplines the rest of us make to be more immune competent. This is their opportunity. They should feel a healthy shame in their lax indulgence, and in the ways it threatens the rest of us. From this healthy shame they can start to join the majority of people doing their best to be disease-resistant and so help keep the whole population healthy. We love them too, but if they won’t…”
What? “We are not going to exert any special effort to protect you. If you won’t make any effort to protect us and yourself, we are not going out of our way for you. This is your dilemma and your motivation, not ours. If you won’t change, you may get sick and die. That is not our fault. We detach with love.”
This is simply a human decision to align with what is at the core of the natural thrust of life. It used to be called eugenics, and while that word has been demonized since World War II, nature doesn’t care. It is still the thrust of nature to continually trend toward producing stronger, faster, better, longer-lived, more virile specimens of Her species. Our confrontation with the challenges of nature does that. Disease does that. Be strong and survive and reproduce, pass along strong traits, or get sick and die having failed to reproduce and pass on deficient traits. It is the most humane, decent, dignified way to respond to the inevitable indignity of pain and death.
However, we have a couple of major problems in our post-modern age. We have largely eliminated all the natural challenges that made the specimens of our species strong. We flick switches, pull levers, turn wheels, push buttons, and our needs are met, our comforts provided. We also have lost the pride in the healthy and strong among us, and have actually been indoctrinated (an interesting word) to glorify and celebrate the weak and deficient. It is now almost shameful to be healthy and strong. Especially men. It is seen as a threat. We expend great resources and attention on the ‘vulnerable’, and neglect and even contempt the capable. We offer benefits to the deficient. Thus we Encourage the sick. I call it Weakism.
How did we reach this state of decline? Here is not the place to explore the culprits in depth, but let it be enough now to say that those same ‘champions’ of the immunocompromised who teach us to do all in our power to protect them at our own great expense, have also brought their influence on our entire society and inverted the natural eugenics to a glorified dysgenics.
Why have we not heard any of the Irresponsible Immunocompromised say “I’m sorry. I know I’m being irresponsible. I know my weak immune system is a threat to the rest of you. I know I’m causing the rest of you enormous hardship just to try and protect unworthy me. And I don’t feel right about that. I’m ashamed of myself. Tell you what: Don’t do anything special to protect me. I won’t blame you if I get sick and die. I know I am to blame. I can’t live with myself knowing I am causing such distress and difficulty for the rest of you. So I’ll risk it. I’m going to keep eating cheetos and drinking pop and sitting on my fat butt watching netflix and smoking, but I don’t want you to do anything special for me. We all die. I know with all the difficulties the extreme ‘measures’ are causing people, some of the immunecompetent are going to die who otherwise wouldn’t yet. I don’t want that on my conscience. Just forget it. Don’t wash your hands or ‘social distance’ or stay home from work or corral your kids or pay any extra taxes or endure inflation on my account. I won’t blame you.”
But we don’t hear this, do we? Why not? The victim mentality is too deeply imposed on our sorry society to trigger it. Even if we did hear it, most of us would say “Oh no don’t say that. We’ll take care of you. We love you and want everyone to survive or none of us.” In fact, our society is now counter-natural, it elevates the deficient at the expense of the sufficient and even gifted (superior? Oh no —).
The ‘champions’ have done this for their own ends. Those ends are not good. They are not natural. They are evil. Anything that is against the laws of nature is counter-life, thus it is death worshiping. Thus it is evil. We have been taught that evil is good and good is evil. We can hardly see reality anymore, so thoroughly has the System and our own disconnect from raw nature indoctrinated us. Our morality is now evil-oriented, and we think it’s good.
I may be immunocompromised. I may have a chronic infection or 3. They are not contagious unless (maybe) I donate blood, which I don’t do. I am responsible. I am doing everything I can to remain healthy and a contributing member of society. I want to do whatever I can to protect my own and other people’s health. Don’t do anything special for me. I’m not going to do anything special for you or the immunocompromised except make all the efforts and expense and sacrifice and discipline I can to have a healthy immune system and keep my infections to myself, or overcome them, as we all should.
Don’t anyone think they can just get a vaccine injection and be fine. That’s a rampant mythology it would take another complete essay to address. Immune health is not that simple, tempting as it is to believe, and vaccination is no substitute for discipline, sacrifice and real applied knowledge. Viruses keep mutating and, in any case, a vaccine for the current plague is a year off.
Then there’s the idea that maybe the immunocompetent should arrange to get certain diseases, in order to gain life-long immunity and a boost in development, greater cancer resistance, fewer diseases later on… If the Irresponsible Immunocompromised can’t attend, that’s their problem. Because we love them too, we want them to face the challenges of being healthy like the rest of us. Let them catch up with us so they can. Or not. It’s not our problem, and we shouldn’t have to stop everything —I mean everything —on their behalf. And they shouldn’t want us to.
It’s what the ‘champions’ want. And it’s not good. Health is good. Life is good. Disease resistance is good. Love is good. And in a special way, since it is the counter-point of life, death can be good. Let the good flourish.