Courier editorials – Ask the questions, but accept the answers

Recently, a friend posted a meme on Facebook which, I will paraphrase, said something about being a person who asks questions means you’ll be attacked; that questioning information as delivered is no longer socially acceptable.

And, I get it. I routinely ask questions; I consistently require further details and clarification on information I am provided. I am also a stickler for semantics, and the implications of the precise wording of a question and its response. It drives people nuts.

And it can be a lonely no man’s land out here, being the person who says ‘well, hang-on, you haven’t addressed x, y, or z’.

Asking questions is crucial to democracy, healthy debate, and communication. Keep doing it.

However. When you then receive quantifiable answers to your question, and the answer is repeated through multiple reliable sources, then stop asking; your question has been answered. If you receive 30 almost identical responses from 30 reputable people/communities/experts in a field/medical societies, there is nothing left to ask on that subject.

Waiting for answer 31, which contradicts all others, but is the answer which falls in line with your beliefs does not negate the validity or throw into question the accuracy of the previous 30.

Be mindful of where get your information as well. If I’m looking for information on dogs, I go to veterinary medical sites, breeders, and other canine professionals. I don’t rely on the information provided by poochiepooches.com, nor do I rely on the information paid for by a private interest group.

If you want information about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine, by all means, ask the questions. But don’t take your information from a privately funded website run by a private interest group whose main goal is to stop you being vaccinated.

Maybe the website offers lovely graphics and substantiates the fears you already had, but that in no way makes that website a reputable source for correct information on these vaccines.

And just as there are private interest groups with websites telling you the vaccine and its spike proteins are going to kill you, so you will find a website funded by a private interest group which will tell you the vaccine will turn you into a superhero and you should get it immediately. Both should be discounted as good sources of information.

I was skeptical when the COVID-19 vaccine was originally rolled out. My husband and I both had reservations regarding efficacy, and moreover, safety.

And when we originally discussed our concerns, we both pointed out we would be low enough on the priority list that by the time we came to be vaccinated, we would know if there were any inherent issues attached to any one product.

And we were right. By the time vaccination got to our age group, AstraZeneca wasn’t even available to us. Why? Because through its use, it was discovered to have some potential inherent risks.

But the others haven’t presented those risks, and we are literally billions of doses into their use. If billions of doses can go into the arms of the world without any statistical evidence of an increased risk of negative effects, I would suggest that alone is the information you need to feel safe in your choice to be vaccinated.

If you don’t want to be vaccinated, great, don’t be. The choice is absolutely yours and I stand by each person’s ability to decide for themselves.

Ask questions, demand details. Never be afraid to challenge the information given to you. But when the question is answered, accept it, whether it was what you wanted to hear or not.

Krisi Marples