Equity of outcome should never be the ultimate goal.
Paige (our 4.5 year old) is learning about working to save up to buy things she wants. She asks how she can earn some more coins for her piggy bank. I tell her she can go pick up the sticks in the yard to earn more coins. Paige goes out to do this even though it is a chilly, rainy day. She really wants to save up to buy something with her own money. Ivy sits in the living room, eating apples and having some TV time while Paige works.
Paige comes in after some time has passed, Ivy barely glances at her. Paige is wet and cold with rosy cheeks, after working hard, and is excited to receive her pay. I give her some coins, and she starts to walk away to deposit them. (she’s 4, so she chooses many shiny coins that clank into her piggy over cash 😁)
“Wait! Paige, go give Ivy half of your coins,” I say. Paige looks at me as though she doesn’t understand.
(Fictional scenario, but you get the point)
I feel the EXACT same way every time I hear someone utter nonsense about equity of outcome. Paige and Ivy both have equality of opportunity, but only one of them cared enough to go out and do the work of picking up sticks in the rain. Maybe it is because Ivy is too young to care (she is), or maybe it is because she just didn’t feel like working. It doesn’t matter why. Why should Ivy get an equal portion of Paige’s pay for doing nothing? She lounged around in blankets eating snacks.
Equal opportunity is so important and part of the foundation of our country. This concept is why so many unlikely people have had the chance to succeed. Equity of outcome is some weird, unsustainable idea based on feelings and not logic. When are we going to stop this nonsense?
It has been a year since I first heard stories about the new virus coming to get us all. The panic spread quickly, people gripped by fear. Fear, I now know, is a powerful tool. It is easy to scare people, but very difficult to unscare them.
No good news
The few voices that came forward with messages of reason and hope were quickly squashed. For example, there appeared to be a glimmer of good news because hydroxychloroquine was thought to be a good medication to help treat Covid if it is given early enough. That idea was quickly blocked without taking the time to look into it any further. There is still debate among providers about this. Any ray of hope from our then-president was called a lie. Any doctors who brought forth anything that went against the fear pushing objective were quickly discredited.
Another piece of good news should be how Covid killed the seasonal flu, right? In the image below, taken directly from the CDC website, you can see all of the colored lines that represent past flu seasons compared to this flu season, with the red triangles. Interesting we are not hearing more about this, and how or if it relates to the rise in Covid.
To those of you attributing this data to the fact people are doing an amazing job of wearing their masks and social distancing, spare me. I have already seen this argument. These are the same people who are screaming to the world that every time a person tests positive for Covid, it’s because “Nobody knows how to mask, socially distance or follow rules!” You can’t have it both ways.
Covid deaths are not always from Covid
There are states which count a death as a Covid death if they had a positive test, no matter how they died. I understand the impact comorbidities have on illnesses. However, there are cases in which the person died of a clear, alternative cause, and the person was counted as a Covid death.
“If you were in hospice and had already been given a few weeks to live, and then you also were found to have COVID, that would be counted as a COVID death. It means technically even if you died of a clear alternate cause, but you had COVID at the same time, it’s still listed as a COVID death. So, everyone who’s listed as a COVID death doesn’t mean that that was the cause of the death, but they had COVID at the time of the death.” Dr. Ezike outlined.
I point this out because I want people to understand that we need time and answers. Time to know the actual survival rates. Which appear to be very high. (More good news not being touted.) And time to know how safe and effective a new vaccine is. Knowing these pieces of information will help people to make an educated decision on taking the shot or declining.
They are safe and effective… Trust us…
Yesterday, I read an article discussing how the new Covid vaccines are as safe as they thought they would be. This article discussed how, “everyone who experienced an allergic response has been treated successfully.” And, “no other serious problems have turned up among the first 22 million people vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
I work away from direct patient care now, and have for 2 years. I have a small team, and they are offering the vaccine to us. A few of my colleagues have excitedly and dutifully opted to take it. This week, 2 members of my team received the second dose. At our meeting a few days ago, one person said she was behind this week because a few days after she received the second dose, her arm, axilla and shoulder were very swollen and red. She couldn’t even apply deodorant for 3 days. She spiked a 103 degree fever that lasted over 24 hours, and her headache made her feel like she was going to throw up if she sneezed, coughed or bent over. Once she was finished talking, the other person quietly said she had the same types of things happen. They both hesitantly agreed, “but, it’s worth it.”
…Is it though? Who determines that? I do. No one else determines risk versus reward for me or my family except us. It is the same with any other medical treatment. I recently had my gallbladder removed. Among the risks of surgery are death. When they ask for my informed consent, they explained the statistics of each possible complication, and I had to decide for myself if I was willing to take that risk. That is as it should be for any medical procedure or treatment. And, until recently, was the standard to which we in the medical field were all trained.
If you continue through the article, you will see,
“Vaccinated people have suffered major health crises and even death within a few days of receiving a shot, but the rate of those events is no higher than would be expected in the general population and cannot be connected to the vaccine, the review found.”
Whenever anyone else has suggested to look at Covid related deaths in such a manner, they are called anti-science, and any number of other derogatory terms. If we measured vaccine related deaths in the same ‘scientific’ way we measured Covid related deaths, why wouldn’t we, for example, call all deaths in the 30 days after a Covid shot – a Covid shot death?
Double standards. The narrative. Fear peddling. That’s why.
These are only the ones made public at this moment. Nothing to see here. Everything is just fine.
I realize I probably sound like an anti-vaxxer. That’s far from truth. I and my family are all vaccinated for the typical childhood things. I also take the flu shot every year after having the flu so badly one year, I thought I would literally die. I am also very much in favor of medical choice and informed consent. Over the years, I have educated many people on vaccines, but always respected their decision to go whichever way they felt was right. I have never in my career witnessed so much guilt, shaming and peer pressure to have a medical treatment as I have seen with this experimental shot.
We are reassured things are safe and effective. But, we are barely coming upon a year of Covid vaccines, and a small trial phase. Clearly my definitions of ‘safe’ and ‘effective’ differ from other’s definitions. As do my definitions of ‘hate,’ ‘love,’ ‘truth,’ and many other vocabulary words. But that’s for another time.
mRNA vaccines are not a new idea
Did you know that the technology for the new mRNA vaccines has been around for decades? I didn’t either. “mRNA vaccines have been studied before for flu, Zika, rabies, and cytomegalovirus (CMV).” Yet, despite the length of their existence, and the purported ease of creating new vaccines, one still has not been approved by the FDA. Why is that?
The answer is we don’t know. There are so many things we don’t know. I pray this vaccine is the next good thing in medical technology. I really do. But, until we answer more questions, the answer will remain a “No thanks” for myself and my family. This experimental shot should remain a choice, and not a mandatory medical procedure.
How do people think that fighting racism with more racism will solve our problems? If it is racist if ‘white’ is used somewhere, then it is also racist if ‘black’ is used to determine who gets something. For this blog, I’m going to use black and white since that seems to be the current focus. Although you should be able to insert any race and get the same answer.
I want to be sure we are on the same page, so here is the definition of racism:
n.The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others.
n.Discrimination or prejudice based on race.
n.The belief that each race has distinct and intrinsic attributes.
Allow me to share some examples…
Here is a headline that I saw yesterday, “After permit approved for whites-only church, small Minnesota town insists it isn’t racist”
Is it racist? Yes! Replace ‘white’ with ‘black’ in that headline. Is it still racist? Yup. Okay, that was am easy one. Let’s look at another example:
“New, $62 million fund for Black Oregonians attracts nearly 7,000 applicants in 4 days…”
Guys, that’s racist too. What if the headline read, “New, $62 million fund for White Oregonians attracts nearly 7,000 applicants in 4 days…” Racist. If it is racist with one color in it, it is racist for any color to be singled out.
My husband made a podcast discussing how we in America decided to vaccinate frontline caregivers first for Covid. It sounds noble. But a deeper look into the reasoning behind the decision is disturbing. The elderly are at greatest risk of dying to Covid. But it is mostly white people who live to be old. There are many reasons this could be true, but instead of trying to solve underlying issues that cause such things, we should just let the whites die off. It will give us an opportunity to level the field. This is not my opinion, it is the opinion of professor Herald Schmidt.
“Older populations are whiter, ” Harald Schmidt, a professor of ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania, told The New York Times. “Society is structured in a way that enables them to live longer. Instead of giving additional health benefits to those who already had more of them, we can start to level the playing field a bit.”
When Doug brought this up, I was skeptical. But, a quick search brought up many articles covering this topic. Not only is this racist, it is tiptoeing along the border of eugenics. If you want to listen to his podcast on this topic, you can find it below.
My family has done a lot of praying over this question. At first, we were all for locking things down for a few weeks. Remember 14 days to sloe the spread? Flatten the curve? It’s just for a little while to make sure we don’t overwhelm the hospitals. I bought into it, slightly skeptical, but I did.
Our churches closed down and went to online services. It was okay… for a short time. But I really struggle with immersing myself in an online service. Here is how it looks for me:
1. I’m going to actually PAY ATTENTION today.
2. What? *looks at child* Okay I’ll grab a snack for you really quick.
3. *glances at the dishes in the sink as I walk to the pantry* It won’t take me very long to load the dishwasher if I go fast.
4. *notices chocolate smeared all over the dish towel* I’ll just toss it on top of the washer and come right back.
5. I can’t just leave ALL of these towels on top of the washer. I’ll just pop them in and start a load.
6. *sees washer full of clothes from night before* I will just switch over laundry so I can start this load then I’ll be done.
7. Bet you know what happened with the dryer.
8. I can fold clothes while I watch the last part of service.
And on, and on. Online church is not the way it was meant to be. It should be a tool that you can use when you need it, but it should not be what a church relies on as the main way of coming together.
Churches should be open, taking whatever precautions they decide to use. It is Biblical to gather together, worship together and stir up one another to love and good works.
Take a listen to Doug’s latest podcast here, “What should Churches do during Covid times?”
I had some plain led candles that I wanted to spruce up a bit. I also have some old hymnals that I use for Bible journaling and crafting. I cut some strips of music and attached it with tape. Then tied some jute twine around it. Easy and cute!
I hope you all stay healthy and true to God’s word. Gather together when possible, and I hope you have the support of loved ones if you CHOOSE to stay home. Isolation should be a choice that we as free individuals make if we feel like we are high risk. It should not be a rule, mandate or law. Blessings of abundance, warmth and love to you. Happy Thanksgiving!
It sounds like satire to me when I hear people discussing socialism like it is a good thing. People can’t actually believe that, can they? They plunk a prettier word ahead of it like the word ‘democratic’ to make it sound more kind and friendly. In this episode, Doug talks about socialism and how it relates to the Bible. This will be a multi-episode series. This is so good and full of truth!
Doug loves questions! Please email email@example.com if you have a question or comment.
Doug’s second part of 3 for his podcast series is out. This series talks about questions and common misconceptions Christians have when it comes to obeying our leaders. How should Christians respond to government authority? You can listen to this episode on many different podcast apps. The podcast is called, “Uncommon Sense – Christianity and Politics” by Doug Morgan.
I admit it, I’m a social media fan! But, over the years I can see how it has impacted us as humans in the way we communicate with one another. We all know that being online gives people a certain feeling of anonymity and bravery that they wouldn’t necessarily have if they were talking in person. We have lost the eye contact, the body language, the empathy-generating silent communication that goes on while we are sitting across a table listening to one another.
Now, we just lob posts constructed as essays back and forth at one another. Don’t get me wrong, there is a place for that (especially for those of us who love to write!), but it has turned into our main form of communication now. We aren’t listening to one another with the intent to empathize, grow, or even change our minds. Our entire focus has become how to stand high on our soapboxes and prove over and over how we are right and the other person is wrong.
My own family is made up of people with vastly differing political views. I admire the way some of them can type about difficult subjects on Facebook and debate endlessly. Usually without getting their emotions involved. I am not as good at that. I don’t enjoy conflict and debate. I enjoy in person, deep discussion with real and open people. I know of families who don’t speak to members anymore over political views.
Social media has also become the Ultimate Dividers of Truth and Untruth. What? I use social media for entertainment and to share things with my friends and family. Not to discover truth. I have never been one to take something as truth just because it is on the internet, and that is true now more than ever. I am jumping on the bandwagon to use Facebook less, and explore other social media sites. Eventually it’s possible Facebook will to away entirely for me.
A few things I think we forget, WE control social media. Social media doesn’t control us. I am the consumer, not the consumed. The other, and most important thing, is that the one and only source of truth is the Bible. Not Facebook fact-checkers, no matter how badly they want to be our thought police.
This is a fascinating time to be alive. Also surreal. Guys, freedom of speech is part of why we get to be free. People must be able to disagree! Also, guess what, it’s not illegal to be wrong. We are ‘allowed’ to have individual thoughts. We are allowed unpopular opinions. Just because people disagree doesn’t automatically make one side wrong for all topics. Without sharing opposing ideas, how will we ever grow?
Tech monopolies exist because we allow them to. Censorship is happening because we allow it to. And people are being criticized for speaking out, and doing something about it. Standing up for freedom used to be valued, honorable, praised. Now it’s selfish, and all sorts of ‘ists.’ Fear and shame have now become the character traits that people praise and seek. Even the word ‘freedom’ is becoming a frowned upon word. I feel like we are living in a movie.
Freedom is easy to give up, especially when people get scared. Just a little here, just a little more. Only for a little while. They tell the kind-hearted people that it is, “for your safety, or for your neighbors safety,” How can anyone go against that without feeling like a jerk, right? Pretty smart huh? Never in my life did think I would hear people being ridiculed and put down because they got sick. I’ve heard people hoping others die or saying flippant comments about how that one deserved their death, because they did (fill in the blank here.) Remember…15 days to flatten the curve? That slowly turned into 9 months to flatten our constitution, our country, jobs and our lives.
What about people dying to increased addiction, or mental breakdowns, or suicide because of lockdowns and losing jobs? What about the people who didn’t go to the doctor at the first sign of cancer because they didn’t want to catch the virus, or their doctor wasn’t open for awhile, or elective surgeries were not being done?
Here’s a thought: We know how to prevent pregnancy. It only takes 2 individuals to prevent one. Sperm are big compared to a virus. We have plenty of things to prevent sperm from doing what it was designed to do. But we, as a society, still haven’t figured out how to stop unwanted pregnancy. Yet, we are being groomed into thinking we can control the spread of a highly contagious virus? With a VERY high survival rate. We ridicule and shame (certain) people for getting sick because they must have done something to bring it on themselves, right? We don’t treat people with unwanted pregnancies the same way. Interesting isn’t it? Have we lost our minds?!
Wake up guys! Freedom is so very hard to take back. I know posts like this are like talking to a wall, so I don’t know why I’m writing this. But the optimist in me thinks it’s worth trying.
I feel frustrated that everyone who agrees with the political left is automatically assigned “good” labels, while those of us on the right are assigned the “bad” labels. My eyes see a different reality when I look at the actions of the differing groups.
I am tired of worrying what others will think of kenw of they knew my beliefs. That way of thinking makes it sound like I have something to hide. Well I don’t. God says to boldly speak of Him, and so I will.
I am a proud Conservative Christian and I am done being silent.