Okay, so you don’t want to get the stick. That’s your right. You don’t owe anyone an explanation.
In fact, we’d all prefer you didn’t explain.
You may have religious reasons. You may have done your own research. You may be convinced that there is a global cabal of rich white men orchestrating events just so they can place a remotely monitored surveillance mechanism on your body.
(That last one’s true. by the way. It’s your phone. Ditch it while you can. Please.)
But here’s the thing: Your choice was your own. It was not shared by most people. And you can’t make them share it.
If you’re going to wilfully and knowingly join a minority who’ve been advised that they’re placing themselves and their loved ones in unnecessary danger, don’t expect us to thank you.
Don’t expect us to go out of our way to accommodate your choice either. You chose your path. Let us choose ours. We get to choose who we do business with and who we don’t. Choice cuts both ways.
You should know this. You did the research. You read up on this. You know your rights. So stick with them.
Don’t go for half-measures. Accept that the right to choose also includes the right to distance you from others who choose to live safely.
You didn’t gripe about the dress code at the night club, even though that was far more discriminatory, and for far pettier reasons. You rolled over when they banned smoking on the premises.
Well, if we can ban smokers, we can ban you.
Yes, it’s your choice. Just like smoking, alcohol consumption, driving, white water rafting and any number of other risky activities.
So please, do what you like with the vaccine. But don’t pretend that your choice doesn’t have consequences.
You can argue for your right to keep the temple of your body pure. Whatever. Nobody’s seriously questioned that, except for a few overzealous twits whose understanding of human rights is as poor as your understanding of science and medicine.
But the fact you were entitled to that choice doesn’t automatically make it the right one. The right to choose implies right to choose wrongly.
Doesn’t that make you pause? Even for a second? Are you absolutely sure you’re on the right side of this?