Being vaccinated enhances freedom on every level. COVID is the end of freedom on all levels. This is all we need to know about this matter. And all we need to say.
"May it be well with you and all those who see as you do." That is the best we can do in talking with those whose view of reality is starkly different from our own. There is no talking anyone out of the way they see things. There is very little chance of talking them into seeing that the way they see things is not necessarily associated with the way things are. In yesterday's Zoom call with one of our granddaughters, her computer was sitting on a table in front of the couch she was on, and I could see over her right shoulder a little doll-like man with a turban and bushy hair sitting on a shelf and peering around a door that was opened against a wall. During the conversation, I asked her to tell me about "the little man" behind her. She was mortified and insistent that there was no little man back there, which I could clearly see. So I asked her to take her computer over to him and allow me to point him out to her. She did, and with the shift in perspective, I saw (because the truth was readily, undeniably, plain before me) that the turban, was a white, triangular pot holding a bushy green plant hooked onto the wall, and the little man was her jacket which she had hung against the wall slightly below the plant. I saw something that wasn't there by seeing a meaning in the pattern that was not the meaning of the pattern. She would have never talked me out of the meaning I had constructed. She had to show me what I was looking at in a different way so that I could see it "for what it was worth." So that I could see it "just so." "Just as it was." It was, for me, "an eye-opener." I wish we could do that about a lot of things, instead of arguing with words about what is and is not so. "May it be well with you and all those who see as you do," is, too often, the best we can do.
We see patterns and impose meanings. That is what we do. We are Meaning Makers. We step into the world out of nowhere, look around, and start figuring things out. It is all a swirl of patterns and textures, light and shadows at first, but then, things begin to appear to us, like Big and Little Dippers in the stars, and faces in tree trunks, and animals in clouds. And we make up stories to explain all that we experience, and create dogma and doctrines and theology right out of our imagination. Our imagination is our super power. Our magic wand. Our most spectacular tool/weapon. Armed only with our imagination, we came forth out of nowhere into chaos and turmoil and brought forth grand pianos, and baseball, and rockets that take us to the moon. It all came right out of our imagination. With it we find meaning in patterns and create the world we live in out of the meaning we perceive. The trouble is that we don't always agree about what's what. That's because we are making it all up. And there are different ways of seeing what we look at. How many gods have there been? And, of those, how many "Only Gods" have there been? The Only God is always the god the victors declare to be the Only God. And the Way we talk is the way the victors talk. And the way we see things is the way the victors see things. War has given us the world as it is. Bearing that in mind frees us to look again at what we think we see, and how we believe things are. There are only patterns, and they are everywhere. We arrange them according to the meaning we say they have. But, there are only patterns. The world is an ink blot. What we see is projected onto the patterns and is not to be confused with the patterns themselves. What we see says more about who is looking than it says about what is there to be seen. Remembering that helps us in our work to see in ways that serve balance and harmony, sincerity and integrity, spirit, energy and vitality, around the table, across the board, throughout the world and over the entire cosmos. And to see war as the result of taking the way we see things too seriously, and to remind us to turn away from the temptation to kill our enemies, and to sit down with them, and make music together, and to dance and be merry instead of going to war. If only it would be so.