Back in the days of witch trials there were some tests which might be used to determine if the accused person was a witch or not. One of these tests was the “Swimming Test”. The accused would be bound and thrown into a lake or some other body of water and if they floated they were guilty, as it was held that an innocent person would sink. Of course there were some incidental drownings in the process. This type of logic is based on the presumption that it isn’t what is being done to the person that is going to determine the outcome of the process but rather the sound or unsound condition of the person being subjected to the process. The “testers”, those binding and throwing the person into the water were of course held as innocent and good citizens just doing what needed to be done to protect the community. “Protecting the Community” seems to be a banner which can shelter a great many acts of illogic, self-interest, and out and out cruelty.
But we’re civilized now and past all such nonsense, right? Well, no. For instance, since the dawn of the 21st century, we (the U.S.A.) have gone to war, killing millions in faraway places often to protect those very same people from their governments, churches, or other groups who were abusing or killing some of them. In most, if not all, cases there is the very real question of whether or not we created more abuse and death among those populations than we prevented. Now, if our whole purpose had been to help enlighten and improve the living conditions for those people, weren’t there better options available? Cultural interchanges for instance? Of course that method would rely upon the people from the foreign country coming to the U.S. and seeing that things are much better here; more humane, more enlightened. Considering all the homeless tents around the country right now, the poverty, the crime, the flagrant greed and immorality, maybe that method wouldn’t work after all? But still, do we actually save people by bombing them? Men, women and children? I think, if actually helping abused and/or poverty stricken people were the goal, great minds can come up with some better options.
The thing is, the fact that some people made millions or billions of dollars from these (mis)adventures, calls into question whether or not actually helping the populations being bombed, shot, burned, etc., was actually the goal being pursued.
While this example does fit under the banner of “Protecting the Community (or some community or another)”, at least in the majority of mainstream media these days, it does go a little afield of the process utilized in the practice of the witch tests. There is a current event taking place in the world which more closely follows the example of the “Swimming Test” used to identify witches. That is the practice of injecting people with the mRNA concoction being touted as a vaccine and distributed widely. There have been very many reports of people suffering adverse reactions such as blood clots, heart problems, sudden death, following injection that it is only through the practice of willful ignorance that one is not aware of them. However, the response from the pharmaceutical companies involved is that the people suffering such reactions had a pre-existing condition which had weakened them. In other words, it’s not the injection which caused their suffering, it’s what they were before they received the injection. Referring back to the analogy of the witch trial “Swimming Test”, the people who experienced adverse reactions floated, they didn’t sink. It’s their fault.
I don’t think there has ever been a case in modern history in which so many people who experience an adverse reaction to a drug, while following the prescribed administration of the drug, are themselves, directly or presumptively, blamed for it. I suppose the pharmaceutical companies may try to excuse the adverse reactions as a method of culling people with inferior physical constitutions out of the population. Again the banner of “Protecting the Community” is hoisted. To the best of my knowledge that ploy has not been attempted…yet…