Rationalizations

I’m posting a letter to the editor that appeared in my local paper yesterday. I thought it made a good point, it expressed how I feel about those who stubbornly and selfishly refuse to get COVID vaccinations, and it was presented in an articulate way.

There are a lot of rationalizations about why some people refuse to get vaccinated and wear masks and follow the health guidelines. But at its heart, the people making this choice are say­ing one thing: It’s me above you. It’s me above my family, above my coworkers, above the people I pass on the stree­t and, above my city. It’s me above my country. I’m more important than any­ one else. This is the dark side of that so-called American freedom.

If you want to go live on a deserted island, then go. Otherwise, if you want to live in a society, you need to grow up and learn to take responsibility. You have the free­dom to get sick and maybe die, but you don’t have the right to hurt others in the process.


This letter was written by Scott Serata of Oakland, CA.

29 thoughts on “Rationalizations

  1. Sadje August 6, 2021 / 9:54 am

    You’ve said is so well Fandango. Hope it is effective too.

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  2. Paula Light August 6, 2021 / 10:41 am

    It’s all about a narcissistic level of selfishness plus blind loyalty to someone who couldn’t care less…

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  3. newepicauthor August 6, 2021 / 12:14 pm

    I talked with my sister yesterday and I asked her if my great nephew got the vaccine. She told me that since he had Covid that he doesn’t need the vaccine. I told her that doctors are recommending that people who contracted COVID-19 should still get vaccinated to ensure they are protected. Then she hung the phone up on me. Republicans, go figure.

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  4. JT Twissel August 6, 2021 / 1:27 pm

    People are acting like children “you can’t make me get the shot!” We should probably use reverse psychology on them “only certain people can get vaccinated and you don’t qualify” and see what happens.

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    • Fandango August 7, 2021 / 10:34 pm

      I never thought I’d live to see this.

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  5. Susan St.Pierre August 10, 2021 / 6:13 pm

    If vaccinated people weren’t carrying the virus in the same load, getting sick themselves, and if many of the unvaccinated didn’t have sound medical reasons (including having natural immunities having had the virus), you may have a point. Don’t you hate it when science interrupts things? 😉

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    • Fandango August 10, 2021 / 7:27 pm

      Don’t you hate it when most legitimate scientists and medical professionals disagree with what YOU call science?

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      • Susan St.Pierre August 11, 2021 / 4:07 am

        What about the few left over in your legitimate pile of most? It’s simply hard to know who has the more precise information. It changes so often. I’d bet many of them aren’t as sure about the mixed messaging and contradictory data as you. The standard I use, for making conclusions for scolding purposes, is a preponderance of evidence. Suit yourself. Opinions are meant to be shared. 🥰

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      • Susan St.Pierre August 11, 2021 / 4:34 am

        Oh, perhaps you haven’t seen it. You’re a man of facts. The CDC director herself admitted that the data they were using for the claim of a ‘pandemic of the unvaccinated’ was from January to June of this year. They’re ‘working on’ the more recent. Hmmm… most people didn’t get their second shots until May and June. Hope this helps!

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        • Fandango August 11, 2021 / 7:38 am

          I had my second shot in March, as did most people I personally know. There is a surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, mostly among the unvaccinated, but even some fully vaccinated have tested positive for the delta variant. It sucks, doesn’t it, when facts get in the way of your opinions?

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          • Susan St.Pierre August 11, 2021 / 8:00 am

            People- where I’m from- did not have access unless they had a serious complicating condition, or were over 65, until May. Your statement of facts are much like Dr. Fauci’s -generalized to a point of incoherence and obfuscation. Um… cases alone are not a scientific health emergency. They are actually the best way to curb the spread scientifically. Natural immunity is best. How people contract each case, is always a guess. Deaths are tragic but unavoidable with a corona virus that was engineered not to die off. BTW- facts should always get in the way of opinions. Learning never sucks. Thanks for the info. ;-D

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          • Susan St.Pierre August 11, 2021 / 8:24 am

            Oh, since we’re exchange our own localized data, there are 20 new cases in our Nursing Home. 19 are people who have been vaccinated and 1 was not. I know of one of them being 105 years old. None, thankfully, have required hospitalization. Fingers crossed. Not one, could tell us how they got it.

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          • Marleen August 11, 2021 / 9:38 am

            I’m not in any particularly endangered category (no diabetes or heart disease or such and not over sixty-five or even yet sixty). I got my first shot in April. And it was a little bit of a struggle to get on a list with an appointment; you had to jump through hoops and allow access and sharing of personal information. I got my second shot in April, too. But I shouldn’t have. I can tell you why I shouldn’t have gotten a second one in April; several reasons. On top of the fact that I shouldn’t have, the organization giving me my shots didn’t contact me with a time for my second one, as they had said they would, although I knew the date already. I had asked the scheduler to give me a card/note it at least tell me the time with the date (so I could writing down). No, we will contact you. They didn’t. But that’s not one of the reasons I shouldn’t have gone back in April at all.

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            • Marleen August 11, 2021 / 8:03 pm

              So… I don’t know how it worked in other places. But, where I went [which was the only place I could go at the time, the only place responding and available, as the J&J version of a single shot I almost scheduled for myself was halted and no longer offered due to that pause that occurred], we were required to know a specific time assigned to the individual self and show up early but no sooner than fifteen minutes ahead of time. Since they never did tell me a time (as they’d said they’d email me to do in the same manner they had for the first shot), I called a general number for the company and explained the situation to try and get a time. Thus, they gave me a time. I had already known the day, and the person on the phone said it was strange that I was never contacted (with only a couple days left before the date I’d been told). The first “sign” (if we want to call it that) that I shouldn’t have followed through, at that time, was that my second visit [for the second “shot” not second “shots”] was not a full three weeks from the first. But the person on the phone didn’t note the shortness of spacing and checked a box. At least she was personable; I appreciate someone acting like a normal human.

              There were a lot fewer people at the venue to receive injections when the end of April arrived — compared to when I had gone twenty days before.

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            • Marleen August 11, 2021 / 8:19 pm

              The failure (or perhaps procedure) m, on the part of the apparatchiks, to schedule and communicate (or not communicate) properly for the second shot {and it appeared they behaved the same way toward all or many} was another sign even if it wasn’t another reason.

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            • Marleen August 11, 2021 / 9:22 pm

              I think I did better with a smaller keyboard on my phone. Side note. One of my sons has been using my old, smaller, phone. He said he will give it back when (if) he gets a brand new phone. (I hope I’ll then have fewer typos.) It happens to have been my dad’s last phone. So, I think this son and I both value it. You know… it just crossed my mind to wonder what my dad would have done about this whole Covid-19 thing (he “left” in 2017).

              For those who don’t know, bottom line, scientific data is showing (after enough time to have collected the data to observe) that waiting three months (as well as waiting two months) between the two shots affords more protection than waiting three weeks (or than waiting less, yet, than the three weeks suggested in the U.S.).

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            • Fandango August 11, 2021 / 10:21 pm

              My two shots were five weeks apart.

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  6. leigha66 August 20, 2021 / 6:45 pm

    What scares me the most now are the full hospitals that no longer have room for patients with heart attacks, strokes, broken bones, accidents… there are just not enough beds to go around. All because they didn’t get the vaccine, so selfish.

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