Faith in Medicine Will Again Be Tested
Medical practitioners make poor clergy
Now it's Monkeypox. Many of us have been waiting for the next collective phobia that would be presented as the enemy from which we require rescue. Covid was an unusually long-winded hysteria, as these things go. However, it was also the one that people complied with most. While the competition might be fierce, I cannot recall a media hysteria as pronounced as the one that emerged for Covid-19, previously dubbed the Wuhan coronavirus (but quickly renamed because those that we really ought to fear prefer to lurk in the shadows).
The "War on Terror" was surely an attempt at a similar seizure of power. The enemy in that case was renamed to the emotion that it was meant to elicit. There are, too, similar attempts to evoke irrational fears using climate catastrophes, whether global warming or an impending ice age. Population compliance has been rather minimal with these, by comparison to the fight against Covid. We might ask ourselves why this is, before the next scare is thrust upon us.
The Covid alarm wasn't about the melting ice caps or radicalized extremists on the other side of the world. More importantly, it wasn't just politicians telling us about the threat in exchange for our compliance with their printing of more money. It was our doctors, our nurses, and the entire medical industry. Together, they parroted the messages of fear of the disease, and the need to comply with the presented solutions, often in disregard of previously known data.
For their cooperation, they were lauded as heroes, even saviors. Television commercials thanked them for their bravery and signs were placed throughout streets, reminding people to “thank the heroes”. In England, weekly clapping commenced by people who opened their doors like something out of the 1976 satirical movie Network, but instead of shouting, “I can’t take it anymore”, they mindlessly clapped and looked to the other houses in their neighborhoods for signs of solidarity in this collective compliance. Medical personnel were the ultimate Essential Worker. State and national governments gave them "bonuses" for their efforts. Medical professionals (or so we were told) occupied primetime television. I shudder at the notion that we should stoop to calling such people professionals. Alas, Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx had as much airtime as the sitting president. Their words were held as gospel. And that was the problem.
We live in a society that is much more secular than most Christians want to as admit. A 2020 survey by Pew Research found that 65% of Americans identified themselves Christian. Even so, what percentage of those would choose their faith over the medical industry? Perhaps it seems like a false dilemma, but let's slow down. When the churches were forcibly shuttered by government edicts, working under the auspices of medical wisdom, 65% of Americans did not protest.
I would posit that for most Americans, they adhere to a different faith entirely. To them, their high priests wear white cloaks. To a people who are so spiritually despairing as to fear death above all, the physician of the body is the ultimate ideal. It is these doctors, the living manifestations of the modern ideal of highest reason, that have the ultimate power. This is not new. For at least decades, people have trusted physicians where they would trust no other man. One could even argue that great trust is necessary for them to best perform their jobs. The problem is that medicine is not actually the highest reason at all. It's a business. And medical personnel make lousy clergy.
Ask yourself: If doctor's offices were forcibly shuttered, would there be protests? Of course! We need the doctor’s offices. But not the church? Even abortion clinics were kept open, while churches were closed.
These faux clergymen of our age told people to obey lockdowns, forced masking, and a litany of vaccines, while suicide rates peaked, fungal lung infections surged, and the dangers of fast-tracked vaccines were basically guesswork. Huge swaths of these supposed altruistic practitioners didn’t take the same vaccines that that they told you were safe as they injected the mystery into your arm. They didn't speak out until the mandates came for their industry too, and then who would speak out for those who had assured the rest of us of the vaccines’ safety? Why would we need to?
Those who were getting double paychecks as heroes were suddenly getting fired for non-compliance. The modern news feed tells us that the FDA has limited the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccines, due to their propensity to cause blood clots. A recent aggregation of data shows the same problem with the new RNA shots. An untold number of athletes had their careers destroyed and their lives forever altered by myocarditis (inflammation of the heart).
Some now seem enchanted with wonder at how this could happen. It happened because there is an allegiance to medicine as a surrogate of science within our society. Modern man shrieks about the problems with “institutional religion” and turns to a different institution. There is a yearning for order and even hierarchy within us all. We seek it, and we fulfill this need, sometimes in broken, Godless ways. The results can be devastating.
Our rulers have tested the thesis of “power by medical apparatus” for 2 years. They’re confident in their ability to wield that power and of how few limits will be placed on their edicts. Medical licenses were seized from the few who were willing to dissent, because they stood up almost alone. The medical industry is one of the very few that isn’t financially struggling. It’s a protected industry, with essential workers, who all parrot the message of the system on cue, and to whom the rest of us are expected to kneel.
So, here we go with monkeypox.