In Sweden the government will, before a suggestion for a new legislation is created, normally conduct an investigation concerning the theme of the suggestion. This is called SOU (Statens offentliga utredningar); Governmental public investigations.
When the swine flu came 2009, a new investigation was conducted concerning National Vaccinations Program (SOU 2010:39, link) which thoroughly summarized and analyzed how Swedish government should plan, push through and strategize around vaccination programs to either children or all citizens.
It is interesting to read, because it becomes quite evident that vaccinations is first of all existing to protect the society, not individuals (page 28). The report also discusses the problem with critic from individuals in for instance social media (page 22), which needs to “quickly be responded with data that corrects any misconceptions or critic”.
The main focus for vaccination programs is for the benefit of societal economics (page 283), where one vaccinated individual is enhancing her or his “usefullness” by getting vaccinated (page 283-284).
And this is truly only logical. If we have a system in its whole, where smaller parts of the system together is the totality of the system, it does make sense for the whole system to maneuver to survive - not for the sake of all the parts within the system, but for the sake of the whole system.
So, all parts within the system needs to do whatever they can to protect the system; even if it is a matter of life or death of a specific part. The goal is to protect the system, not every single part.
But love is all there is. And love means to do what one specific part knows to be right, not what the part might feel forced to do.
Yes, together we ARE strong. We ARE all connected.
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