Change the Dialogue

Increasingly of late, I have been finding some of the language of those who believe that everyone should be taking the current (and apparently only) government approved medical intervention pertaining to the illness I will refer to as the 'C-word', to be derogatory, divisive, and sometimes downright hateful. I believe that most of this is coming from a place of fear, which is completely understandable based on the few interactions I have had with the mainstream media in the past 18 months or so. I’ll come back to this in a moment.

A long time ago, probably close to 30 years, I began reading many personal development books, something I continue to do to this day. One thing I quickly learned was the quality of what you put into both your mind and body, will have a direct impact on the quality of your life, thoughts and the results of such. I made the decision back then not to partake of mainstream news, be it television, magazines (junk news), newspapers etc. Many people were horrified over the years when I told them as they couldn’t understand how I could possibly get by without knowing everything that was going on around me; I was quick to remind them that if something were to happen that I needed to know about, someone would be bound to let me know, bad news travels fast as they say. I have never regretted my decision to shield my mind, and those of my two children as they were growing up, from the horror and sensationalism that is the ‘nightly news’.

Then, in March 2020, something happened. A new ‘threat to life as we know it’ became apparent. And I was unwittingly sucked back into the daily broadcasts that permeated the screen. As expected, my fear grew exponentially. After all, I had been battling for the better part of 11 years with autoimmune conditions, had recently (September 2019) had a very severe bout of bacterial pneumonia that knocked me on my arse for the better part of a month, and I became incredibly frightened of this thing called ‘C-word’.

After about 5-6 weeks of tuning in almost constantly to hear what was going on, I had an epiphany. I had allowed myself to be ruled by something I had little to no control over. The only thing I could control was my own personal state of health to ensure that if, by chance I did become exposed to this beast, be it man-made or natural, my body would have the best chance it could to fight it. I had managed to recover from my battle with bacterial pneumonia, and even though I still have a cough left over from that (interestingly, no one seems to have given that the name Long-Pneumonia), I believe that the effort I put into keeping my body as healthy as possible each day gives me the innate ability to recover from what may come my way. So, I turned the TV off. I got on with the business of living my life. And because, as a Wellness Coach, I advocate for everyone to take responsibility for their own health and well-being, I began to research. Some of the things I found are very interesting indeed, and that my dear ones is a subject for another day

Back to my recent and limited interactions with mainstream media and news. From what I have observed, the fear-mongering is palpable, and extremely effective. How our politicians and bureaucratic health officials have basked in the spotlight, creating panic and division in the societies they have been elected to represent and serve. They are not supposed to be our rulers, they are there to govern, to lead in a way that serves ‘we the people’, in the manner that is most beneficial to our welfare, not their own political agendas. That is not what they have been doing, not by a long shot.

It is understandable that there is now confusion and division. People with a different opinion about what is right for them (a choice that has always been their right to make), are now being treated as selfish and somehow dangerous and unclean. Never mind that the facts do not match with that narrative. Without going into the details, and there are many, it doesn’t take a lot of time to uncover the many untruths we are being told by the mainstream media, which is following the party line. This has never been about your health or mine sadly, and I hope you will be inspired to begin doing a bit of digging of your own. Be prepared for a feeling of betrayal once you realise how much of what is rightfully yours has been taken away gradually by those elected to serve and protect society.

Now we find ourselves in a situation where many have been forced to take a medical intervention they didn’t want (and for the most part, didn’t need), in order to earn a living, move freely in society, go to the shops, etc. basic things of daily life that we have always been afforded. Others took it willingly, which again is their right. I’m sure that some of them are disappointed to find that it does not give them the protection it was at first promised to do, and yet others are so uncertain of its ability to protect them that they are terrified of those who haven’t taken the same protection. And some, like me, have done our due diligence and research, and have decided that at this time at least, the risks far outweigh the benefits, and we would prefer to exercise our right to bodily autonomy and not take that risk. I’m sure we all have different reasons for that, and none of us owe anyone an explanation. I would like to make something perfectly clear however, regardless of anything, a healthy person cannot pass on a disease that they do not have, period. Medical intervention or none.

It’s time to change the dialogue. There are many theories, rumours, and misconceptions going around. With the benefit of hindsight, we may find some of them to be true, we may find others to be false, and some will no doubt fall somewhere in between. I am really not concerned with that. What I am concerned with is the division and hatred that is being fuelled by all of this. Do you really think our governments care if we are at each others throats? Of course not! People living in fear are extremely easy to control; as a domestic violence survivor I know this first hand.

Perhaps we could all take a step back and try to understand the position of someone on the other side of the argument here? Breathe for a minute and listen to what they have to say, respectfully and compassionately. I’m not talking about trying to convince someone they are wrong, I’m talking about trying to understand their position, creating the space for open and honest dialogue, and then, if need be, having the ability to still love each other without having to agree on everything. How bloody boring would this world be if we all agreed on everything, right?!

It’s time to pay attention to what is going on around us. To quote Christine Anderson, Member of the European Parliament -

“Whenever a government claims to have the peoples interest at heart, you need to think again. In the entire history of mankind, there has never been a political elite sincerely concerned about the wellbeing of regular people. What makes any of us think that it is different now? If the age of enlightenment has brought forth anything, then certainly this. Never take anything any government tells you at face value. Always question everything any government does, or does not do. Always look for ulterior motives, and always ask ‘cui bono’ who benefits? Whenever a political elite pushes an agenda this hard and resort to extortion and manipulation to get their way, you can almost always be sure, your benefit is not what they had at heart”.

I challenge you to think about what is really going on around us. Has fear led to an erosion of previously held dear friendships? Have differing opinions become something worth losing a family relationship over? Could it simply be a matter of looking at things from a different perspective? How could we all take a proactive role in beginning to heal some of the rifts that have been purposely and maliciously driven between us?

I love you all, my family, friends, acquaintances and all that share in this beautiful land I call home, regardless of whether you agree with my opinion or not. That is the most wonderful thing about living in a free and democratic society. Don’t let division distract you from this fact; what they are trying to take away from us right now (under the very guise of giving back some of that which we already have) is our FREEDOM.

In closing let me say this. When fear of death becomes the very thing that keeps us from living, we are already dead indeed.

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