“Opinion is really the lowest form of human knowledge. It requires no accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world. It requires profound purpose larger than the self kind of understanding.” Bill Bullard
I came across this quote and it caused me to stop and think. Personally, I feel like I am in constant motion, so when am able to be more centered and focused I am able to think about my own accountability. I, like most people, have many opinions. Sometimes I share them (the blessing and curse of social media) and other times I keep my views to myself.
I think one of the reasons this quote caught my attention has to do with the great vaccine debate. I have had multiple conversations with friends and colleagues following the Measles outbreak in California. People from both sides are weighing in and it is hard to determine who’s voice is the loudest.
What I do know is people are extremely passionate on both sides of the issues. Everyone is making decisions based on what they think is right. And while I don’t think it is appropriate to shame people , I do think parents should vaccinate their children.
It is a fact that measles kill. The vaccines that our children receive protect against diseases that most of us have never seen before. We are privileged to have the opportunity to safeguard our children. Ophelia Dahl from Partners in Health recently said “If you go to places like Haiti or Malawi, you will know people whose children have died, so it feels like a constant reminder. It’s almost a luxury we have taken for granted, that we live in a world where children don’t die of these illnesses.”
I believe that is my responsibility as a parent to vaccinate my children. I also feel this helps safeguard others in my community. The folks who cannot receive immunizations because they are immune compromised or in treatment for cancer depend on the rest of us.
If you truly understand the research that is done by the various arms of the medical community you will know why this choice is so important. Fear is powerful. Ignorance is bliss. But if you can look objectively at the information regarding the evolution of vaccines and how they have helped millions of people grow up, you will know why I am sharing my opinion. Please go to your doctor, ask questions, and read the facts about vaccine efficacy. And get the immunizations that will protect your child and someone else’s.