Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Politicization of Ebola

It is unfortunate that this has happened.  However, you have to look on the other side of an issue sometimes.  Because if you don't, you may be missing something significant.

What I'm referring to is the fact that people may "tune out" what appears to be about politics.  So, after having been politicized, people may tune out the Ebola threat.  They may be downplaying it, when that is very, very dangerous.

I'm not getting on a high horse and preaching here.  It has come to my attention that this is truly dangerous.  Of course, most people realize that Ebola is dangerous, but they also believe that it can't happen here.  America isn't a third world country, it is believed.  America cannot fall victim to this, it is believed.  But that's precisely how America could fall victim to it.  Overconfidence may well be our undoing.  We cannot underestimate the risk here.  But that is what could be happening because of the politics of it, and so forth.  People may just blow it all off until it is too late to prevent an outbreak.  Once that happens, all bets are off.

The politics is justified too.  That's how we get accountability from our public officials.  It's one of the rights that we still have and it should be exercised.  Yet, it is all too human to look at it as only politics and can be safely ignored because it should not be believed.  Would you wish to bet your life on that?

Those who argue precautionary principle with respect to climate change are the same ones who are denying that there is a threat here.  See what I mean?

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