After 2-3 years of struggling with a pandemic, I am afraid that, as long as people refuse to trust the efficiency of the vaccinations out there, the existence of the COVID virus will continue to remain a reality (2021).
It does not matter if the majority have vaccinated, even though it is important that they did, but because of those who refuse to vaccinate, the virus has and will continue to have the advantage over humanity as a disease that can kill people and bring entire countries into lockdowns.
This is a thing that fluctuates. The fact that more people have been cured doesn't mean more will fall ill with this virus once more. And thus, the thing that once was seen as a global threat slowly but surely becomes a reality. It's because of the many who don't want to be vaccinated.
Their vaccination can contribute to the global struggle against this illness. The more people who refuse to vaccinate, the higher the potential for the COVID virus to stay and resume its toll on human lives. That can include any biological being, as well.
The thing is, if you haven't known yet, the COVID virus is something that can be evolved. Look it up. As it remains within one host or another, it can develop into a variant that could be a bit different than the original virus. With all the evolution, who knows how advanced this virus will become? Perhaps it will outlive the vaccinations we were given?
Perhaps it will develop immunity to our internal systems, rendering our injections useless? Perhaps a compromise will be reached, and we'll have to have more than just three injections (like we have at least in my own country?).
Unfortunately, even if COVID-19 becomes a regular reality like any other disease, those who refuse vaccination will only contribute to the fact that COVID can kill.
Imagine a world where all humans have access to vaccinations. A world where, by their own consent, they shall have them. Then, there will be little need for masks as a mandatory thing, and people will not have to be isolated whenever they travel abroad. However, that seems to be a very distant reality in terms of possibility.
It's hard, emotionally, to place the blame. However, it could be true that the reason why the virus continues to kill, logically, is because of those who refuse to vaccinate. Of course, I'm well aware that these injections are not perfect, but they can certainly dramatically increase our chances of survival. I heard that these vaccinations can kill. However, I believe, it might be a conspiracy theory. I might be wrong? It depends if the cause in question leads to the effect. After all, a vaccination does not have to be the only reason people die. Assuming that it is, it is a product of the causal fallacy (look it up on Philosocom. I wrote about it).
But that's just the thing: If we can work to minimize the likelihood of people dying, why not do so? Through vaccination, you not only save yourself but others as well. It's a service that extends your own self.
Perhaps some people do not care about others being alive. After all, if evolution is true, then only the fittest survive. Those who are not fit for their environment, are the least likely to live and to continue their lineage. And still, it's not a philosophy you should force on others, because it is a philosophy on a general level. Of how things are, and not of how things "should" be. If only the fittest survive in many cases, it does not mean we should cut the welfare budget, correct?
If someone dies due to COVID, it isn't necessarily because they weren't "fit" enough for "reality", but because some people, theoretically, refuse to be injected with the vaccination. Therefore, evolution has nothing to do with this. Because the victims of the pandemic weren't necessarily those who vaccinated or did not. They might've been those who were near people who weren't not vaccinated, or helped prevent the spread. It's not the fault of the first party. (This article lies on the premise that vaccination works. It also assumes that this remise is true).
As I've written before, as long as the virus is out there, I'm trying as much as possible to stay home and isolate myself from the world. Even though it is now legal in Israel to be without a mask, I am well aware that the virus could be out there, traveling across the world without me knowing what'll happen if I remain unmasked outside.
I never wanted to be abroad after the last time I was there, 11 years ago (in 2010. But as long as COVID is here to stay, I guess I will remain in my homeland for the rest of my life.
People can't be forced to vaccinate unless there is a body, like a tyrannical regime, that can force them to do so. However, since most of the world is democratic, people are given legal consent to decide whether or not they wish to be vaccinated, even if it comes at the cost of the lives of others they infect.
If people were dying by the hundreds of millions, perhaps governments would consider the grim possibility of "emergency dictatorships". Where there will be a reason to force the unwilling, to vaccinate for the sake of the country, and/or for the sake of the world. After all, when you're forced to be vaccinated, you can't resist with arguments about your human rights.
This is the exact thing that is negative about freedom. It is also the freedom of not caring for other human beings, even if it is something that benefits yourself as well.