By HANS DUVEFELT
(Desperate times have called for desperate measures.)
In the tech world, we expect our devices to become obsolete and obsolete very quickly. The biggest tech companies in the world didn’t even exist a few years ago. Bitcoin, a virtual currency that at least I can’t fathom, seems to be more attractive than gold.
I feel like most people embrace or at least accept the speed of technological change.
But the medical advances that are rapidly occurring frighten many people. Reluctance to vaccination, for example, involves concerns and characterizations such as “unproven” and “guinea pigs”.
But can we as a society seek and reward rapid progress in one area and reject it in another, especially if we feel threatened by external forces or phenomena – be it a virus? , climate change or the collapse of infrastructure in our economy such as supply chains and raw materials.
Technology has its own dynamic, driven more by motives of profit than by altruism or the desire to improve people’s lives. Medicine clearly has profit as a driving force, but also as a goal to improve people’s lives. Curing or alleviating the disease should be a priority rather than making life more convenient.
But when a pandemic begins and its magnitude cannot be estimated, when the future of humanity and of life on earth seems at stake, can we afford not to deploy the know-how and resources of medical science?
I am not one of the first to adopt the drugs that claim to undo what people push for themselves through their lifestyle choices. I prefer to harass them to do the non-drug things that we know are safe and effective. But in the face of a pandemic, what choice does humanity really have?
It seems easy now, a few years after the start of the pandemic, to say that it is not as bad as it could have been. But we don’t know for sure, we haven’t seen the end of it yet – the virus continues to mutate, in case someone has forgotten it.
You can’t stop innovation and we already live in a society where citizens are told to wear helmets, to use seat belts, not to drink and drive, not to litter or to pollute, not to steal, rape or murder – and to get vaccinated before starting public school.
Freedom without caring about others is selfish. It breeds lawlessness.
Hans Duvefelt is a rural family physician born in Sweden in Maine. This article originally appeared on his blog, A Country Doctor Writes, here.