- Nov 2012
Idiots. I don't know how high your i.q. is above "average" (I assume it is quite considerably so based on your posts and the fact that you hang out here) and I know it is difficult for smarter than "average" (100 i.q.) people to internalize this---but there are as many people BELOW that line as there are above it (many of these people work in Hollywood and some even win Oscars). Have you ever tried to explain something patently obvious to someone only to finally give up when it dawns on you that they literally just do not possess the capacity to wrap their brains around it any more than I have the capacity to dunk a basketball?
One of the strong driving elements might be parental guilt. Imagine someone having a kid with autism or some disability. The mother would be constantly asking herself, did I drink something wrong, did I eat something wrong during pregnancy, was it that glass of wine, once?
And suddenly comes the guy who says, not your fault, not your genes, it is all Merck with its vaccines!
These mothers get absolved, and also get the strong cause. It is like a new religion.
Then, of course, there are small closed, often religious, communities, where ideas and views are strongly peer-driven. What can change the attitude of such a community? If some outsider known to them and successful (but not like Bill Gates - more like some athlete, some local celebrity) starts vaccinating his kids. Then it may change their perception of the situation.
But I don’t believe that limiting access to education will help. We are speaking about groups prone to feel victimized, feel martyrs, already. It won’t work. Financial consequences might be more effective.