Things Anti-Vaxxers Told Me This Week
They want more understanding.
The anti-vaxxers are angry at us. They say we’ve been judgemental. We don’t listen to them. We don’t respect their views.
So I started listening.
Here’s what they have to say:
Rules don’t work, so we shouldn’t have them.
Some anti-vaxxers have said they’re not following health guidelines simply because it’s being forced on them. The same goes for masks and social distancing. They say putting mandates in place hasn’t stopped the virus from spreading, because people don’t follow the rules.
That means rules are pointless.
It’s oppressive to make rules and try to get people to follow them, because most people are going to ignore those rules. So you’re really just punishing people following their own nature.
There’s no point in trying to modify anyone’s behavior. If you’re going to try, you should be nice and non-confrontational about it.
That way, it’s easier to ignore you.
The same logic applies to masks. The cheap cloth masks don’t stop the spread of these more contagious variants. So instead of trying to find better masks, we should just ditch them altogether. Besides, there’s no point in asking someone to make small sacrifices for someone else. Everyone’s responsible for their own health. (We’ll talk more about that later.)
It doesn’t matter how many lives are at stake. We should always just present information and let people make up their own minds. If half the population is making a poor choice, then the other half just have to mask up and stay home or get out of their way. It doesn’t matter whether we have jobs, vulnerable relatives, or kids who belong in school.
It’s your life.
Just figure it out.
In their view, we should just let everyone do their own research and make their own health decisions. It’s pointless to worry about whether you get someone else infected.
That leads to their next point.
Everyone’s responsible for their own health.
Anti-vaxxers still believe the coronavirus targets unhealthy people, especially the ones who don’t take care of themselves. So if you exercise and eat healthy, then you have nothing to worry about.
In this worldview, every single aspect of your health is under your control. There’s no such thing as hereditary disease. Everyone is born with a fundamentally healthy body and mind. What you do with that is up to you. It’s sad that some people live in areas without access to decent grocery stores. It’s too bad that companies thrive on marketing junk food to poor people, and they go to great lengths to suppress information about their products. It’s too bad that fast food chains smother America.
There’s nothing we can do about this. It’s the way the world works. You should just eat healthy and not worry about anything else.
We’re not sure what “eating healthy” means. It could mean eating fruits and vegetables, but maybe not. It could mean a paleo diet, a keto diet, an Atkins diet, or a blood-type diet. It could mean taking any number of supplements which might or might not work. It probably means following the advice of fitness gurus and eating what they promote on their social media channels, and their self-published e-books.
The best course of action during a pandemic is to follow your diet guide and do absolutely nothing else to keep yourself from catching it. Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
Sure, there’s stories about fit, healthy young people getting really sick with coronavirus. They might take years to recover, or maybe never. There’s more studies showing that even if Covid doesn’t kill you, it can leave you with serious long term illness and disability.
Again, that’s just life.
Nobody can prove anything.
Some anti-vaxxers have said there’s no way to gather any definitive information on the coronavirus, so there’s no point in having debates. There’s no definitive proof that mRNA vaccines are safe. There’s no definitive proof that the coronavirus infects healthy people and kids.
There’s no definitive proof that the virus is mutating into deadlier variants that could escape immunity altogether.
The only way to prove something for certain is to see it happen for yourself. Until then, you might as well do whatever you want. That means living your normal life, until you get infected.
We all take risks. Driving around in your car poses the same risk as carrying on with your normal routine during a pandemic.
All risks are created equal.
If it’s not happening to you, it doesn’t matter.
Anti-vaxxers put their own choices above everything else.
Don’t tell them what to do, it’s that simple.
Lots of anti-vaxxers have said there’s no evidence that they should be worried about the coronavirus, because they haven’t been infected with it. Nobody they know has been infected with it either.
There’s no evidence that hospitals are overrun, because the hospitals where they live are doing just fine. One of them even told me, “If any of this were true, it would be front page news.”
(Actually, it is.)
It’s fine to use anecdotal evidence to make important decisions. In fact, anecdotal evidence can outmatch statistical data. It’s just as valid, because what you personally observe in your own life is more important than what’s happening anywhere else in the world.
Out of sight, out of mind.
All information is subjective.
There’s a reason why the information you share with anti-vaxxers doesn’t persuade them. They didn’t budge on masking or social-distancing either. It’s because that’s just your opinion.
Any evidence you present is always incomplete and partial. It can always be challenged by another piece of information.
The media is controlled.
The CDC is controlled, along with every other agency and fact-checking organization. The information they trust is what they found digging through the web on their own, from people who already agree with them. This information beats yours, always.
That’s because you’re brainwashed, and you get your information from biased sources who have an agenda. They don’t have one.
Only you do.
Everyone has a right to a bad opinion.
Anti-vaxxers have told me they’re taking a principled stand on their own individual rights and personal freedoms.
- If someone wants to catch Covid and take their chances, that’s their right. It doesn’t matter if they spread the virus.
- If someone else dies, it’s because they should’ve taken better care of themselves — even unvaccinated children.
- There’s no proof that healthy people or children are at risk, even if we’re starting to see more kids in hospitals. The only way to prove that is for thousands of kids to get sick and die. Even if that happens, it’s probably just liberal propaganda.
- We should just let everyone do what they want, and then we’ll see how many people die this coming year.
That’s a fair representation of their stance. It’s exactly what they’ve said to me when it comes to handling the pandemic.
If you point out how selfish or ignorant this sounds, then you’re being judgmental. You’re the hateful one who’s creating division. You’re the one who has a closed mind, not them.
You’re the bad guy.
It’s fine if someone else wants to endanger their own lives, and put yours at risk. It’s fine for corrupt politicians and shock jocks to spread misinformation to tens of millions of people. It’s fine to harass and ridicule health workers and experts you disagree with. It’s fine to openly speculate that maybe it’s the vaccinated people who are responsible for everything, including variants that appeared before vaccines were even available. It’s fine to take it all back after you get really sick, and need their help.
Calling them out makes you petty and sanctimonious.
Anti-vaxxers are allowed to publicly air skepticism and suspicion about vaccines. They’re allowed to threaten doctors and nurses and accuse them of murder. They’re allowed to compare vaccine passports to yellow stars and pink triangles, or even concentration camps.
You’re supposed to listen to them.
You’re supposed to nod.
It’s fine to believe whatever you want until you get someone killed. It’s fine to refuse masks and vaccines and then infect someone, watch them die, and then blame liberals. Nobody should ever make you feel bad for your colossal mistakes, especially if you never admit them. Everyone makes mistakes that result in incalculable levels of death and suffering.
It’s arrogant and hateful to point out someone else’s logical fallacies and unconscious biases. It’s immature to criticize someone else’s poor behavior or reckless decision making. If you were truly empathetic, you would just shrug and leave them alone.
Your hardships and sacrifices over the last year mean nothing to them. You should be kind to the ones who’ve mocked you for wearing a mask and intentionally invaded your personal space at stores, making you anxious to be in public. You should smile at those who’ve disregarded your rights. You should be understanding as they call you a brainwashed sheep, until they finally get sick and deprive you of a hospital bed.
Idiots have a right to their opinion. They have a right to respect. They have a right to affordable healthcare.
Whatever you do, never repeat their views back to them.
New Study Links Sociopathic Traits to People Who Are Anti-Mask or Don’t Practice Social Distancing
In America, 34 states and the District of Columbia have issued requirements that masks be worn in public areas. And according to a Pew Research Center survey, over 85 percent of U.S. adults say they wear a face covering most of the time in stores and businesses in August. However, many Americans are still anti-mask and use violence and protests to get their message across, as have others around the world.
Now, a recent study from Brazil’s State University of Londrina has discovered why some people are so opposed to wearing masks. Researchers found that people who reported “antisocial traits,” like low levels of empathy and high levels of callousness and risk-taking, were less likely to adhere to COVID-19 health standards, including wearing a mask and social distancing.
For the study, “antisocial” includes characteristics that are usually present in people diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder, which the American Psychological Association defines as “a chronic and pervasive disposition to disregard and violate the rights of others.” Behaviors include continuously violating the law and manipulating others, and traits like deceitfulness, impulsivity, aggressiveness, reckless disregard for the safety of one’s self and others, and irresponsibility. The mental health condition also causes people to have an absence of guilt, remorse, and empathy.
Antisocial personality disorder affects about 1 percent of the U.S. population and is more often found in men. It’s also called “dissocial personality, psychopathic personality, and sociopathic personality.”
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“These traits explain, at least partially, the reason why people continue not adhering to the containment measures even with the increasing numbers of cases and deaths,” the report’s authors wrote. Researchers surveyed over 1,500 adults in Brazil for 15 weeks during the pandemic, from March 21 to June 29. People were asked questions that assess traits like empathy, callousness, risk-taking, irresponsibility, impulsivity, hostility, and manipulativeness.
Participants were asked if they were following virus health guidelines, like washing your hands regularly and social distancing. The survey also asked if it was “necessary to use a face mask (that protects nose and mouth) in Brazil?”
The study authors speculate that people who have low levels of empathy and are prone to being antisocial are less worried about exposing themselves and others to risks. Because of this, they might act out of self-interest and engage in behaviors that risk the health of others.
“Our findings indicated that antisocial traits, especially lower levels of empathy and higher levels of callousness, deceitfulness, and risk-taking, are directly associated with lower compliance with containment measures,” Professor Fabiano Koich Miguel, one of the study’s researchers, told the Daily Mail. “We cannot state that if a person chooses not to wear a face mask, the only reason is because they are a sociopath. Although this is possible, there are likely other factors involved,” he added.
On the contrary, people who are empathetic think they have a social responsibility to quarantine, wash their hands, and wear a face mask, according to the Brazilian researchers.
After the U.S., Brazil has the most coronavirus cases in the world. On Aug. 21, the country mandated that masks be worn in public and closed spaces like commercial establishments, offices, schools, and places of worship.
Study Finds Anti-Maskers More Likely to be Sociopaths
By Tobias Handke
September 7, 2020
In news that neither shocks nor surprises, a new study has found people who refuse to wear mask are more likely to possess sociopathic traits.
The study—conducted by Brazil’s State University of Londrina—found that those who reported ‘anti-social traits’ are less likely to follow COVID-19 health protocols, such as social distancing and wearing a mask. They are also more likely to be 5G conspiracists and complete dickheads*. The test carried out by the University involved 1,578 adults who were asked about their compliance surrounding coronavirus safety practices. Those showing signs of ‘anti-social traits,’ such as low levels of empathy, deceitfulness, narcissism, risk-taking, and callousness, were more likely to not wear masks and go about their business as if the world wasn’t in the middle of a deadly pandemic.
‘These traits explain, at least partially, the reason why people continue not adhering to the containment measures even with the increasing numbers of cases and deaths,’ the report’s authors wrote. The survey was conducted over 15 weeks during the pandemic, from March 21 to June 29, with those involved asked questions about how often they washed their hands, whether they social distanced and if they thought it necessary to wear a facemask. All up, the participants were asked 220 questions, with the results also assessing their ‘maladaptive personality traits.’ According to the study, exposing oneself and others to risk, even when it can be avoided, is ‘a typical trait for people with antisocial tendencies, and with low levels of empathy.’
While the results certainly make it clear people who don’t take precautions are dickheads, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are murdering sociopaths. Speaking with The Times, professor Fabiano Koich Miguel said the finding should be carefully discussed. ‘We cannot state that if a person chooses not to wear a facemask, the only reason is because they are a sociopath,’ he said. ‘Although this is possible, there are likely other factors involved.’
These results come after a study in Poland found similar results, with researchers discovering people with psychopathic and narcissistic personality traits are more likely to ignore coronavirus safety protocols. The study also found these types of people are more likely to be hoarders, so you know who to blame when the toilet paper aisle is cleaned out.