Forced Childhood Vaccination

With the current measles outbreak in our country, I started to wonder if the government should force parents to vaccinate their children for the safety of the child and the general public.

While it may sound radical, forcing medical treatments against the parent’s wishes is not without precedent.

In 2015, a Hartford, Connecticut, teenager was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  With treatment her chances of recovery would be 85%; however, without treatment the condition is 100% lethal within two years.

Her parents rejected conventional treatments, so the state stepped in and forced the child to receive chemotherapy.  She survived and is now in remission (1).

Members of the Jehovah’s Witness church will refuse blood transfusions for religious reasons.  However, the state has forced the parents to allow their children to receive transfusions in emergency situations.

What about the parent’s rights to raise their children as they wish?  The courts have already made a determination on this issue.

  • Courts throughout the western world recognize that parents have rights but additionally recognize that these rights are not absolute and exist only to promote the welfare of children.  Prince v Massachusetts12 set out the reigning legal principle:  Parents may be free to become martyrs themselves. But it does not follow that they are free, in identical circumstances, to make martyrs of their children (2).

What are your thoughts on this matter?  Should parents be forced to have their children vaccinated?

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Sources:
  1.  www.cbsnews.com/news/teen-cancer-patient-forced-to-have-chemotherapy-in-remission
  2. adc.bmj.com/content/90/7/715

Affirmations

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I just finished reading The 100 Most Powerful Affirmations for Social Problems by Jason Thomas.  The writer starts by explaining how affirmations work.  He also said affirmations should be positive and actionable.

Here are a few examples:

  • I am strong in my values and confident in my abilities.
  • I have the ability to plan, organize, and do.
  • I am resilient and fierce.
  • I have the power within me to create the life I desire.

I must admit, the whole thing seems a bit silly to me.  Has anyone actually tried using affirmations?  If so, did you notice any benefit?

Benefits of Art – Quotes

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Civilizations are not remembered by their business people, their bankers or lawyers.  They’re remembered by their art.  (Eli Broad)

The arts and humanities are vastly more important in troubled times.  (Jim Leach)

There is incredible power in the arts to inspire and influence.  (Julie Taymor)

Forgiveness Brings Healing

In Matthew 18:15-35, Jesus teaches his followers about forgiveness.  When I was reading this passage I thought of Dylan Roof.

The family members of those murdered by Dylan Roof, spoke of their hurt and the pain he caused by taking away their loved ones.  However, they also offered forgiveness.

This is a great example of how forgiveness works in the real world.  Dylan Roof was forgiven, but he will still pay for his crimes.  He still owes a debt to society and will be punished.

Dylan Roof may never feel remorse for his actions, but the willingness to forgive still benefits the family members.  It allows them to let go of the hate and anger they feel inside of them.  The family members are free to heal, because of their willingness to forgive.

Forgiveness can be difficult, but it can also bring healing.

Toddlers Dying at the Dentist

In the past few months, I have noticed several articles about small children dying at the dentist office.  The articles have a couple of notable similarities.

  • The children are extremely young (under 6 years old) and were given a mixture of sedative drugs, so the procedures could be done while they were asleep.
  • The articles said the children were all receiving routine dental work, such as crowns and root canals.

Why are these procedures considered routine for toddlers?  I don’t understand why a toddler needs crowns or root canals.  Their teeth will fall out in a couple of years anyway.  Wouldn’t it be  safer to remove the tooth?  It seems awfully risky to pump large amounts of anesthetic drugs into such small children for a procedure that isn’t really necessary.

I also wonder why this is happening.  Has our society become so vain that we will risk the lives of little children, so they don’t have to spend a few years with a missing tooth?  Are the dentist in these cases so materialistic that they will risk the lives of children for substantial profit?

I admit, I don’t have kids.  Also, I have never worked at a dental office.  Is there something I am missing?  Is there any valid reasons little children need crowns or root canals?  I would love to know what you think, especially if you have any experience in the dental field or if you have raised children.

 

 

 

The Importance of History

I stumbled across this quote yesterday and it is the best explanation for the importance of studying history that I have ever heard.

The society that loses its grip on the past is in danger, for it produces men who know nothing but the present, and who are not aware that life has been, and could be, different from what it is.  Such men bear tyranny easily; for they have nothing with which to compare it.  (Trevor Saunders)

What do you think?  Is history an important part of education?

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