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Old 2021-09-10, 16:53   #1438
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Originally Posted by kriesel View Post
"For the greater good" brought us the Tuskegee experiment atrocity.
This is sheer demagoguery.

The "common good" is a recognized legal concept. One of the objectives of the Constitution of the United States, as stated in its Preamble, is "to promote the general welfare." That is, the common good.

Resorting to trying to argue against vaccine mandates by dismissing the whole concept of "the common good" used to justify it, is the epistemological equivalent of clutching at straws.

There isn't a philosophical or legal concept that can not be (and has not been) abused, to the detriment of mankind in general or some group in particular. Just as there is no technology that can not be (and has not been) abused - including fire (arson) and the wheel (hit-and-run).

There is an old adage, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." In the present instance, the overwhelming majority of unvaccinated patients being hospitalized with COVID illustrates this, as well as the impact of poeples' "individual choice" to refuse vaccination, or to recognize the reality or severity of COVID on the common good. Northern Idaho is on "crisis standards" of hospital care. Samaritan's Purse, a Christian relief organization, has set up relief operations in Mississippi to help hospitals with more patients than they can handle. They're not used to doing this sort of thing in the US.

Saddest of all, perhaps, are the people who experienced epiphanies and regretted not getting vaccinated because they were on their deathbeds with COVID.

(There have been people who still refused to acknowledge the reality of COVID even when it was killing them, but I reckon they got what they deserved.)
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