I’m watching the anger between the vaccinated and unvaccinated erupt on social media with a heavy hearted sadness.
The subjectively justified rage we feel towards each camp is a rupturing of the solidarity the universal experience of lockdown has generated.
This is what happens when the team of 6 million turns on itself.
The Woke scream any death of one Maori is a state sanctioned genocide on par with the homicidal murder of Squid Games.
The Death Cult Capitalists scream collateral damage in human lives is justified to open the economy.
Those who are double vaxxed and are hurting are told their impatience is racist.
The disabled feel left completely out of the loop. Again.
Maori & Pacifika Health Authorities feel like they are being blamed for low vaccination rates yet haven’t been given the resources to run mobile clinics.
The unvaccinated are freaking out that every fear they ever had about the majority turning on them is eventuating.
Small Business is going to the wall.
The poor continue to suffer with 500% spikes in food banks.
Everyone is hurting and that hurt is driving desperation and fear which in turn feeds Facebook algorithms to vomit out hate.
To the vaccinated.
I know, I know, I know.
We have sacrificed, gotten double vaxxed and have accepted a de facto police state up in our grills robbing us of our liberty. We don’t understand why the fuck others are so stupid and won’t vaccinate.
That impatience risks being manipulated by the ZB Troll farm and turned into an ugly toxic malice towards those who haven’t vaccinated and I get it!
I don’t see my own beloved kid for a week at a time, I have this incredible new weekly political podcast to kick off but can’t because we aren’t able to film in the studio, I have missed my friends and can’t see my family!
I’m double vaxxed, I’ve ensured my family are double vaxxed and I’ve done all I’ve been asked yet here I am not able to lead my life because ‘others’ haven’t done the same.
It is infuriating to the point of rage but we can’t allow that rage to be manipulated into actions that exacerbate the inequalities in society rather than heal them.
Kindness means being kind to those you dislike immensely, that’s why kindness isn’t for wimps.
To the unvaccinated.
I’m lucky enough to have an eclectic mix of friends which means I have some antivaxx associates.
Some espouse theories they’ve read on Facebook which only serve to highlight their ignorance. Their belief that the vaccine will interfere with your DNA is akin to believing your car will float away because you have air in your tyres and air ‘floats’. They have a fundamental misunderstanding of how the vaccine works and have built a narrative around it.
That’s an indictment on our public education system not them as frightened individuals trying to make sense of the confusion and mayhem that has descended upon us.
Some have subjective views concerning their health being immune compromised, some have Conscientious Objector responses in that no State can force them to take a medicine (regardless if the medicine will save their life).
A few believe it’s all a one world conspiracy for Jacinda to take over the country with a secret socialist police state.
I suggest to those few that maybe their cannabis intake has reached peak lockdown.
To you my dear unvaccinated comrades, I’m sorry it’s come to this and hear your fear.
Know you will always be New Zealanders and we will always love you.
We just wish you’d get the bloody vaccine because we fear for your well being.
But know you are not outcasts, never to me or true Kiwis.
Our common bond as humans demands an intrinsic compassion that privileges us. We can’t lose sight that we are all in this together and that if the yawning chasm of inequality wasn’t there we wouldn’t be turning on each other with such ferocity.
The next few months are going to be frightening and many people will get sick. Get off Facebook and spend time with friends and family.
Being vaccinated protects you from Covid but it must also inoculate you from hate.
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