Where do I fall on the spectrum?
Not that spectrum, though that is up for debate. I’m talking about the Assburger Spectrum. Specifically, that range of behavior describing the pitiful breed of a man tormented by ineffectual pointlessness, a horror further rendered with lackluster strokes of simpering submission. On the far end of this spectrum, visual differentiation is readily apparent.
In today’s COVID environment, the extreme Assburger prototype is a crescendo of fears, apprehensions and pathetic cowering pounded into human form. Vaccines are a neurotic addiction, fear a salve, and panic the potion.
Ultimately, it is about “sense of urgency.” In some on the far reaches of Assburger Spectrum Disorder, this sense is heightened to such pathological measures that it interferes with logic and common sense.
Where do I fall on the Assburger Spectrum? I’m jabbed because I believe COVID-19 exists and it is the cause of the current pandemic, but I am not afraid. I wear masks without resentment (other than they fog my glasses up). I have no immediate desire to get a booster so I will not be rushing to the front of a line for more of that. I have a nagging distrust of the COVID vaccines and those who pitch them, but I don’t believe in grand rehearsed conspiracies to alter our bodies or minds. I believe only in psychopathic corporate greed.
I don’t believe we should shut any businesses down and if necessary, I see no problem with applying social distancing and face covering regulations for certain situations and venues. I go maskless many times and I don’t care or worry; I am careful to minimize high risk exposure but I don’t live like a frightened mouse. COVID is contagious but not very deadly on a one-to-one basis. It kills by volume, not by finesse.
When I got my first COVID vaccination shot on March 1, 2021, I chose Pfizer because I could get fully vaccinated in five weeks instead of six. Every week and every day mattered, as my wife was home with our toddler and baby. I felt a similar urgency when booking my booster shot at Walgreens last weekend.
There have already been at least half a dozen positive COVID cases in my school this year, and I have a family history of
diabetes and heart disease, so I’m hopeful this shot will help me and my family. My wife works from home now, so I’m the one out there exposing my family to the virus — I feel it was my duty to get the shot.
Those two words again and again: urgency and duty are misaligned.
We all experience “urgency” and “duty” in response to COVID, but our qualifications are different for each person. The exploiting use of these words by the Assburger are arrogantly presumed to define the narrative which should be our common principle, but it’s not. Vaccines are not duty nor are they urgent; as they exist, their effects are questionable. There is room for discussion and disagreement.
Urgency and duty are in your head.
But tell me more about vaccinating against family history.