This article is an opinion piece, and might be contrary to your own opinions. If that is a trigger for you, then you might want to wait for the next article where I will probably talk about walking the dog and show photos from the village. If you’re fine with that however, then feel free to read on.
Yesterday was my last day as an “ordinary” citizen in this wonderful country. I could do most anything and go most anywhere. I could go to a café, or the pub. But that was yesterday. Today I am Persona Non Grata. I have had one dose of Moderna vaccine, and therefore am no longer deemed “safe” by the authorities. I have to have my second dose, wait two weeks, and then I will be in possession of the “passe sanitaire.” My next jab is on the 24th of August, then I will have to wait two weeks until I can re-enter mainstream society.
In many ways this will be a mere annoyance. If I really want I can have the famous PCR test and have a probe inserted into my nostrils and then receive a code that I can scan into my phone, to show everyone how safe I am. I can then go to the pub, and even have dinner in a restaurant. Not the most pleasant of medical procedures but it will afford me a certain liberty, and normality. But I also happen to have a healthy disrespect for authority. Sorry Mummy!
For the moment these nasal insertions have been free, or rather covered by the Social Security and Health Authority contributions that come off my salary each month. Also it has allowed people to be tested for Covid and know if they are infected or not. As the President said on the 12th of July “Cet automne, les fameux tests PCR seront rendus payants, sauf prescription médicale, et ceci afin d’encourager la vaccination plutôt que la multiplication des tests.” This Autumn, the infamous PCR tests will be charged, except in the case of a medical prescription, so as to encourage people to vaccinate instead of having multiple tests.
I get the logic behind this. Each test is billed 50€ to the Social Security, and they want to reduce costs and get people vaccinated. I, unlike others, have nothing against vaccines, except for Astra Zeneca and Johnson and Johnson, where being a Catholic I can’t support something that used aborted foetuses to make them. However, I am against the obligation to vaccinate, and wish it could remain a choice. In France all Medical staff will be required to be vaccinated by law and those who wish to exercise their right to refuse a medical intervention, will be declared inapt to work, and will be eventually fired.
I can hear people already up in arms telling me what an irresponsible fool I am for being an anti vaxxer, and how I will be responsible for the spread of the dreaded lurgy. But this is not Twitter. This is my blog where I am allowed to say what I think and I would invite you to re-read what I have written thus far. Right, now we can continue.
It’s so easy to get on your soapbox and talk about all kinds of codswallop. Words like dystopian society spring to mind when I read governmental policy. Another would be coercion. The authorities can be there as a guide, but as soon as that guidance translates into more interventionist policy, maybe the authorities have overridden that guidance role. When governments get that far, are they serving the population that voted them in, or are they serving themselves? I’m not just accusing Macron and his government. The finger could be pointed just as well to Boris… then there was the evil villain Trump, followed by the rather weak Biden. I am worried about this becoming a global political trend.
The next statement will be the most controversial in this article. I believe the majority of humanity has the same goal, which is the desire to look after his family in the best manner possible. I am a father, living in France, and I bet that a father living in Afghanistan just wants the same thing for his children that I do. IE that they will be happy and live in a world of peace.
Wow, that wasn’t as difficult as I thought it might be. For the more liberal of you, you could insert community, etc for family. I’m a moderate conservative. I like to think that just because I don’t fully espouse your views, I don’t hate you. This can be quite a radical notion in a society that likes to pit people against each other. Read a newspaper and you will see that through its reporting of events that it is trying to divide more than unite. This is impervious to the political leaning of the publication. I think it’s even worse on the Internet. There are so many videos from the very conservative, that are there telling how to destroy a liberal through argument. How awful is that? Why should I seek to destroy my opponent? Should I not try to convince him of my position respecting him as a human being just like me, with dreams and hopes for the future?