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      Are humans good, bad or neutral? It’s an old philosophical debate, and not just in the West. Confucius thought they were born neutral, for example, while the later Confucian Mencius felt they were good, noting that everyone who saw a child fall into a well would be horrified. Others, including many Confucians and the Christian church, with original sin, have […]
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Fitness Month: the longest month on the planet

I checked the stats. My team members must be running half marathons. It didn’t seem fair. Then I realized that my Apple heart app wasn’t loading my steps to the wellness app.

Tomorrow, I get a fit bit.

Found a good Spotify playlist with AC/DC and Def Leppard etc. Pretty good. Got a good beat, you can walk/run to it. But this is my favorite so far today. I want a hot body. And a party in France.

S}#% I just don’t understand.

Here’s another tragic story about a 39 year old guy who died from Covid because he didn’t get the vaccine. The reason he didn’t get the vaccine? Check it out:

Micheal Freedy was not opposed to vaccination, his fiancee said. Like many Americans who have yet to get their coronavirus shots, the 39-year-old father just wanted to wait and learn more about how people reacted to the vaccines.

“All we were doing is waiting one year,” Jessica DuPreez, 37, told The Washington Post on Sunday.

I get it that people have unreasonable fears. I have one. It’s irrational. I know it’s irrational. I’ve been able to get around it in some instances but not in others.

The difference between Michael Freedy and me is that my irrational fear isn’t going to lead to my death.

I really don’t get it. I’m trying to wrap my head around this crazy, irrational, intense fear of an mRNA vaccine. No matter how I slice it, it makes no damn sense.

Is it because the average bear doesn’t understand it? If so, maybe an hour long Bill Nye the Science Guy documentary might be helpful. Make it mandatory for employees to see it. Then offer them the shot.

Is it because they think they have some magical grace period that people who get infected do not have? Like the virus hesitates before infecting them? “Oh yeah, can’t infect this guy yet. He’s on the waiting list”? Maybe they need a crash course in the perils of magical thinking. There are plenty of cautionary tales.

Are they really that concerned with side effects? There have been hundreds of millions of doses of vaccine administered in the country. Chances are they know a lot of people who got the shot. How is it they won’t believe the experiences of hundreds of millions of people? This is the thing that puzzles me the most.

When I was on the board of Ed years ago, one of the things that annoyed the f out of me was when our township decided to do away with science textbooks in fourth grade and replace them with packets. Yep, the teacher would get a kit of materials and explanatory documents that only she/he had. The students would learn science topics from these kits. But after they were finished, there would be no further resources for them unless they looked stuff up themselves.

I didn’t think that was going to be enough. So I asked the curriculum advisor what was the thinking. She said, most K-8 teachers didn’t understand science. The concepts were difficult for them to explain. The kits were a better alternative for them. And then she went on to praise the value of critical thinking in a way that only educators soaked in buzzwords without any context can.

Maybe I shouldn’t have worried so much. My school district went warp speed on most curriculum after the R&D professionals found the new developments in town and moved in. They just taught their kids themselves.

I’d hate to think that our public schools are responsible for this. But I am beginning to think that you shouldn’t be able to graduate until you can pass a class in disease control and prevention. Make seniors take it in health class. Give them an online test with randomized questions. Withhold their diplomas until they can pass it. Make it as important as getting a drivers permit. Do not make it an opt out requirement. No parental excuses allowed. That way, graduates should be somewhat immunized psychologically before the next pandemic.

This imaginary thinking is as unacceptable as it is mystifying. And it’s got to stop.