About ‘Next Time’ and Reaching People

I received an email this morning from a list I’m on asking for advice from the group about how to best reach people still adhering to the sanctioned c19 narrative (and including this creepy, if clever graphic – not Safeway’s own):

“WARNING! from a cousin of mine
Would Love Your Help!!!
MAY 28

Among my many emails this morning came this WARNINGCovid will still be here this summer. – My internist recommends that I continue to get COVID vaccinations every six months. (Thanks Nurse Dee Dee for the graphic.) When I replied with a list of links, he replied that they must be QAnon Conspiracy Links.

What would you send someone to show the latest developments in a way that they couldn’t simply brush it off as Q conspiracies? Thank you for helping. I think there are still many people in this camp who could use some info that could get a crack in their defensive door?”

About this topic of ‘reaching people’, there are endless reasonable things the cousin (and any people of that mindset) could be shown, were he curious and at all skeptical (and aware) of all that has happened the past 4 years, but his mind is made and closed, he has indicated that clearly, and he is content with his position. I wouldn’t ever spend my time or energy on such people again, and it’s always immediately obvious who they are (and they are most everybody). Not as to persuasion to the alternate position, anyway.

There is, however, another, different position we who seek to see behind the curtain (and who accept that there is a curtain to see behind) could, and will likely need to, adopt with such people when this situation replays next, as it surely will, as Bill Gates has promised it will. An offensive position, no longer a pleading, ‘back on our heels’ defensive stance. The position these people take is one that condoned and approves of force to see it implemented and observed by all, that’s baked into that cake. They are sure they are right, and that the info they consume is entirely correct, and they assume without evidence that the state and the media are not corrupted, which they both fully are, and long have been, maybe always have been.

But, at least about much of what they believed, they were wrong, and the positions they supported caused direct harm, LOTS of it, worldwide, and which is ongoing, and there is no quantifiable value difference between a harm caused by a random pathogen or one caused by human action or social policy. Harm is harm, and they chose to definitively inflict it, cause it. It wasn’t a dice roll. The harm of lockdown was guaranteed. They chose to cause a myriad of harms to possibly avoid another, very minor, and potentially fictitious one. These are super dangerous, thoughtless people who should not be placated or appeased in any way, ever again. 

Such people have to be told bluntly that they erred, that they didn’t know anything certainly (none of us do or can), and do not have any authority to impose their will on others, and were not on the moral high ground. That they were lied to and given both faulty and fraudulent information, and that there was and is another mountain of legit research and anecdotal evidence that supports there being another valid side to the story, one which should at the very least give them pause, preclude ever again such certainty of belief and comfort in exercising sweeping coercion against others. They have to be told to back off, not remonstrated with in perpetuity. Their position is ultimately one of force and violence, and that should be acknowledged and accepted as a baseline anytime such people are engaged with.

We have to accept that some people cannot be reached – and don’t want to be. We can’t be pleading with such people further. That’s a futile waste of time and energy. Occasionally one sees someone with a light in their eyes, and one can spend one’s good energies on them. The rest, next time and from now on, I imagine we’ll have to get pretty hard with. 


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