Science is the search for knowledge. It is using that knowledge to solve problems. When you take part in science, you understand the world better. During science investigations, you gather evidence and look for patterns.
I saw that wording on an elementary-school science lesson recently. I agreed that science is the search for knowledge and that solving problems comes from what you do with the knowledge. When I got to that third sentence the first time, I read it too fast and incorrectly. I read it as, “When you are part of the science experiment, you understand the world better.” If there ever was a time that I felt like we were stuck in a science experiment, it’s now.
The day I saw that paragraph was the day Joe Biden demanded https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/speeches-remarks/2021/09/09/remarks-by-president-biden-on-fighting-the-covid-19-pandemic-3/ again that all Americans to be vaccinated. Millions have opted for the shots, but he specifically spoke to the “holdouts” that day:
“Many of us are frustrated with the nearly 80 million Americans who are still not vaccinated, even though the vaccine is safe, effective, and free.
This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated. And it’s caused by the fact that despite America having an unprecedented and successful vaccination program, despite the fact that for almost five months free vaccines have been available in 80,000 different locations, we still have nearly 80 million Americans
who have failed to get the shot.
As your President, I’m announcing tonight a new plan to require more Americans to be vaccinated, to combat those blocking public health.
We’re going to protect vaccinated workers from unvaccinated co-workers. We’re going to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by increasing the share of the workforce that is vaccinated in businesses all across America.”
Ignoring the fact that some people can’t opt for it for valid reasons, Biden is furious that others are declining to get it, even though it’s free.
“And my message to unvaccinated Americans is this: What more is there to wait for? What more do you need to see? We’ve made vaccinations free, safe, and convenient.”
Biden continues to complain that not enough people are yet fully vaccinated. He wants to close in on the miscreants. He’ll do that by limiting their movement. Taking away rights and privileges was once just a strategy on paper, but now it’s a priority.
Moving the goal post in a short amount of time, he has gone back on his word. So have others. Throngs of people with unknown medical histories and conditions will not be tested for COVID while healthy US student-athletes are being over-tested. These young adults have also been forced into getting a vaccine they don’t want. Those who’ve declined it are now being kicked off of their college campuses or are being fined for their decision. This is not the land of the free because of the brave. Even the brave are being targeted and severely now. To Biden I ask, when does this end? When do we, The People, get basic rights back?
Biden’s frustration is apparent.
So is mine.
Science is the search for knowledge. It is using that knowledge to solve problems.
The latest contradictions are over the top. No longer are we seeing long-standing scientific practices being used. It takes time to search for evidence and to investigate patterns in our environment, except for COVID. Patterns and rulings I’ve seen over the last few months are illogical, destructive and are affecting people in the most awful way.
COVID’s caused more problems than solutions. Adding more difficulties to an already difficult existence, the science being followed isn’t science. It’s anything but.
When it comes to COVID, we are only to comply. If we don’t, then we become the problem.
This video is a great reminder of what has unfolded since this all started.
I didn’t know what COVID was all about back in late 2019, but I trusted that we’d gain some knowledge about it as information became available. Maybe I was naïve thinking that the science, as we all learned it, would help me. When I realized, though, that information was been guarded and manipulated, I stopped reading the science. I couldn’t trust it, so I started reading civics-related and articles about how to protect my human rights instead.
With therapeutics and treatments available, I think I can handle COVID, The Illness. I don’t know yet how to fully handle COVID, The Destroyer. That’s because COVID, The Destroyer, has turned parts of my country into a place I no longer recognize.
Cathy Jameson is a Contributing Editor for Age of Autism.