I haven’t wanted to write anything related to c0v!d because of the incredible divisiveness generated by the topic, but the recent and genuine emergency created by the atmospheric river that dropped an incredible month’s worth of rain on the province of BC a few days ago has made me see things in a new light.
The horror of the pictures of Merritt and of washed out roads all over the province were balanced by stories of people coming together to help (including an incredible story of a restaurant in Hope putting together thousands of free meals which were delivered by helicopter).
This is what invariably happens when real emergencies occur. There are also stories of people looting and taking advantage of people in dire straits, but these are less common. The overwhelming response to a genuine emergency is care and compassion. This response is generated automatically when you see people suffering. Even if it is only taking someone a cup of coffee, there is always something you can do.
Now compare this to the artificial c0v!d emergency and you will see a glaring difference.
Are we supposed to blame the people living in areas that are now flooded, because it was their choice to live in a flood plain? Do we threaten them with unemployment and stop them from being able to eat in a restaurant? No. We do none of these things because we realize that the world is not a safe place and people make decisions sometimes that lead to suffering.
If c0v!d was a real emergency, if people were dropping dead in the street, or stacking up like cordwood in our funeral homes, we would know. The governments of the world would not be dividing us by creating a two-tier system of the compliant and the non-compliant.
Imagine if Trudeau, or Horgan, or god help us, Bonny Henry, tried to tell us that only the people who had the good fortune to live on high ground were worth helping and those whose land was flooded should just be left to their own devices … there would be outrage, and rightly so.
I have read stories of hospitals and doctors refusing to treat non-vaccinated people. Imagine if someone came into the ER with a broken arm due to being in a car that was hit by a mudslide and the doctor said you could not be treated because you lived in one of the flooded areas.
You might think that sounds a bit far-fetched, but in fact a young boy in Canada broke his arm and his mother had to go to numerous hospitals and doctors because they would not treat him because he was not vaccinated and would not take a PCR test. Imagine sitting in the ER with a broken arm, having to wait while a test was administered (a test with a very poor rate of accuracy I might add) that had nothing to do with the injury presented.
Fortunately I have more faith in the genuine goodness of people than I do in the so-called leaders who have been doing everything they can to divide us.
Make up your own mind, but do so by comparing a real emergency with one that is not.