The third Indiana Jones movie (in some ways, the best) focuses on the conflict between a man of faith (Dr. Jones, Sr.) and one of doubt (Indiana). The elder Jones deeply believes in the reality of God and his son’s story, and uses his research to try to find temporal proof.
When they have reached the last of the journey, and are poised to find the Holy Grail, his father is shot by the cruel business tycoon, who hopes to use Indiana’s desire to see his only parent live as a spur to securing the goblet. He passes two tests by correctly interpreting the clues in his father’s notebook, but the third test puzzles him.
We who have cast off exaggerated fear of COVID are in his position – we accept that our actions are scary, but look to the rewards of faith to guide us.
Today, I read a post of a writer whom I greatly admire – Kristine Katherine Rausch, who blogs at Kris Writes. In her post, she writes of the pandemic shutdowns, and how they affected her business and other businesses and workers. She is mostly positive about the future.
However, she is adamantly against people exercising their personal autonomy in choosing to vax or not.
“I’ve been struggling with planning for the future—not the immediate future (which for me is one year) but a farther future.
I blamed it on the pandemic and my issues as an adult child of alcoholics. When I’m going along on my own pace, doing my own thing, and something unexpected and impossible to plan for happens, it can trigger that childhood experience. You see, drunks promise a lot of things and when the time comes, fail to deliver.
I can live with that. Sometimes it irritates Dean because I have to plan for both the best case and worst case scenario, but I can do that. It’s how I’ve survived. (My therapist taught me to add the best case years ago, because my drunk parents almost never came through on anything special, so worst case for me was usually what happened. So I had to learn how to be positive.)
What always threw me for a major loop was the impossible-to-anticipate disaster, triggered by the drunk parents. The night they got into such a huge fight that 17-year-old me, who had just failed my driving test, had to drive my mother to the hospital because my father had fled the house is but one example of the unexplained disaster that takes over and dominates for days, weeks or months.”
So, her unique background gave her expectations that other people cannot be counted on. It also led to her need to exercise tight control over her surroundings.
I get that – I really do. However, like many people, particularly women, she takes that control need too far – and into other people’s lives.
“We haven’t dealt with this level of personal stress on our psyches outside of a war, and while fighting Covid was (and is) its own kind of war, it’s not exactly the kind of war that includes bombs and soldiers and occupations.
We’ve dealt with pandemics throughout human history but again, not like this, where everyone knew what was happening everywhere else, and doing their best to cope in a situation without a clear end point.
We’re still not at a clear end point. Here in the States, people are refusing to get vaccinated which just boggles my mind. If they actually understood the scientific underpinning of viruses and vaccines, they would understand that the vaccines are our only way out of this without a lot of unnecessary death and suffering.
In other regions of the world, they have no access to the vaccine yet and they’re still in the horrors of 2020.
If you stretch the war analogy, you can think of it this way: some places are still battlefields, while others have declared peace. Those of you who understand military history know that ongoing battles in far regions of the world/country can often lead to a restart of the overall war itself.
Which is why I constantly return to the science. Because I know that if the virus mutates enough to break through the vaccines, the scientists are prepared now. Those of us already vaccinated will get a booster or two or three.
That means that because I’m vaccinated, I’m legitimately out of Covid fears.”
And, that’s a common response to a personal crisis – find a talisman, and use it for all circumstances in which you experience fear. For her, and for many, the vaccine is a talisman – a magical possession that will give protection in all circumstances – if only you believe in its power.