Pandemics and conspiracy theories: Part 2
It is strange the days we are in. Like none that any of us have lived through before. We have had epidemics that were relatively contained. Nothing like this. It can start to play with the mind. Fear of getting the virus. Fear of economy. Fear of vaccine freedom. The common denomination in each of those statements being the word fear.
As discussed in last week’s column, pandemic and conspiracy theories go hand in hand in history. The external chaos can create an even more chaotic atmosphere in our minds.
Grief, anger and loss of control are made bionic through the powerful aversion of the unknown. The lack of control of external situations can sometimes create our need for a fall guy, a bad guy or the archetypical villain of the story whether we make the virus the villain or a person such as Dr. Fauci, Bill Gates, or whomever.
As an open-minded observer, I have attempted to read and watch all the articles and videos about the conspiracy theories.
A bio-engineered virus, a genetic mutation induced by 5G technology, a big pharma conspiracy, a plot single-handedly masterminded by Bill Gates, Deep State involvement from Ellen DeGeneres and criminal activity with Oprah and Tom Hanks are just among a few that I have heard. Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, conspiracy theories have spread like the virus itself.
Bill Gates is one of the richest men in the world and at the hub of most theories. He is cofounder of Microsoft and software architectural genius. Gates left his day-to-day operations at Microsoft in 2008, and pursued a number of philanthropic endeavors. He donated large amounts of money to various charitable organizations and scientific research programs through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, reported to be the world’s largest private charity. In 2009, Gates and Warren Buffett founded The Giving Pledge, whereby they and other billionaires pledge to give at least half of their wealth to philanthropy. The foundation says that it works to save lives and improve global health, and is working with Rotary International to eliminate polio. As of 2007, Bill and Melinda Gates were the second-most generous philanthropists in America, having given over $28 billion to charity and the couple plan to eventually donate 95% of their wealth to charity.
In November 2017, Gates said he would give $50 million to the Dementia Discovery Fund, a venture capital that seeks treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. He also pledged an additional $50 million to start-up ventures working in Alzheimer’s research. Bill and Melinda Gates have said that they intend to leave their three children $10 million each as their inheritance. With only $30 million kept in the family, they are expected to give away about 99.96% of their wealth. On August 25, 2018, Gates distributed $600,000 through his foundation via UNICEF which is helping flood affected victims in Kerala, India.
Gates has done much work with science and vaccines assisting third world country with relief.
He has talked about the epidemics and pandemics for years with a stark warning. “We are not prepared.” In a 2015 TED Talk, Gates said that “we’re not ready for the next epidemic.” This was a sentiment echoed by then President Obama. In 2017, Gates wrote in an op-ed article for Business Insider that the next epidemic could be “a super contagious and deadly strain of the flu.” Scientists knew. As an advocate of health welfare and vaccines, Gates donates and works closely with many organizations including the World Health Organization. In 2019, his organization in collaboration with the Centre for Health Security, John Hopkins and the World Economic Forum held an event called Event 201 that attempted to prepare people for a pandemic just like the one we are in. It is reported he has donated $100 million for coronavirus relief this year. His charity is working diligently and funding vaccine research to create a COVID-19 vaccine that would best work if everyone took and had some digital “software” or health passport so that health records were maintained easily for all.
Sounds like a generous and intelligent man to some, but for the those that are against vaccines (often referred to as anti-vaxxers) or for those that want the freedom for responsible vaccine choices, he is the anti-Christ.
Many that are against vaccines believe the side effects of vaccines are much worse than the vaccines themselves. It is a freedom in our country for people to choose. However, there might be some truth to the adverse affects of vaccines as many countries have a National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. In the United States as of October 2019, $4.2 billion in compensation (not including attorneys fees and costs) has been awarded over the 33-year history of the program. Many believe that vaccines are connected to many debilitating side effects including autism. Interestingly enough, it was publicized and reported in 2016 that President Trump was looking into the ill effects of vaccines and their connection to autism and spoke with Bill Gates, who believed as many scientists do, that there was no connection. It was also reported that the two did not think highly of each other after the meetings.
Those opposing Bill Gates believe that he is trying to make a compulsory vaccine that will take away the freedom of choice as well as the freedom of privacy.
I tried to find the connection of conspiracy to Hollywood stars such as Tom Hanks, Oprah and Ellen. The only information I could find was that President Trump’s son had made a social media post about Ellen, President Obama and Hillary Clinton and that they were all a part of “deep state” in words meaning believed to be involved in the secret manipulation or control of government policy. Ellen had a laugh about it on her TV show.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, as I mentioned last week, has been at the heat of conspiracy theories as well and apparently in cahoots with all of the above. He is believed by some to be the puppet of Bill Gates and saying the things he is recommending not out of scientific knowledge but as a way to disrupt the economy and undermine the President.
Ultimately, in my online research, I could not find any measurable amount of truth in any of the conspiracy theories about this pandemic, and the only connection I could find with Gates, Fauci, Oprah, Ellen and Tom Hanks is that they all have had disagreeing and opposing views and relationships with Donald Trump. Hmmm, perhaps that is the real conspiracy here?
Aside from all the theories, which are just that, I started to look deeper into the “why.”
When it comes down to it, we have to be mindful about what any and all of this is doing to our own health, mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. We must mindfully be responsible for our own energy, what we are reading, how we are feeling and listening to the advice we are being given by the people that have studied virology and epidemiology for decades.
There have been past pandemics. We did get through them. Its natural and okay to feel scared. There are ways to assist us to get through this. Connect with people often. Do things and engage in activities and people that help you to feel loved, understood, calm and connected. And yes, still laugh and feel joy.