Vaccine Wars

Crash-bang-wallop: I hear the sound of yet another pro vaxxer anti vaxxer argument!

It’s always the same: pro vaxxer says you’re irresponsible and putting people’s lives a risk, while anti vaxxer says you’re irresponsible by putting people’s health at risk! Numbers go back and forth, supposedly reliable sources are exchanged. Conversation volume rapidly increases, heart rate quickens, and before you know it there’s a complete communication breakdown and the two individuals get so angry with each other they resort to name calling. It never ends.

But what if it doesn’t have to be that way? What if there was a much better way of debating a pro vaxxer/anti vaxxer depending on who you are?

I argue there is, and I’d like to share it with you. The number one difference between a pro vaxxer and an anti vaxxer is at heart a simple one which when ignored balloons into a complicated set of differences which are inherently unnecessary and pointless to address.

That difference is founded on belief.

And that belief is: pro vaxxers think that mainstream media, mainstream organisations, mainstream scientists and government are generally right, while anti vaxxers think that mainstream media, mainstream organisations, mainstream scientists and government are frequently wrong and unreliable. Conversely pro vaxxers think that alternative sources lack credibility while anti vaxxers think they do have credibility.

From this stems all the problems. If you as a pro vaxxer give an anti vaxxer someone a crisp, peer reviewed paper straight off the production line at Harvard or Yale then it will be immediately regarded with suspicion. If you as an anti vaxxer give someone a link to your BFF’s 5 hour long anti vaccine video into which he poured his heart and soul trying to “prove” that vaccines are wrong, then it will be immediately viewed with suspicion.

So, next time you’re having this debate, try to avoid the crash bang wallop and get straight to the real crux of the problem – Can Mainstream Media etc be Trusted? –, it’s damaging my eardrums!

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