Human Rights Lawyer on Fear & Division

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Peter Fam, Human Rights Lawyer, Sydney speaks about the Fear & Division that the media and governments are creating and has some advice for how to handle friends and family who believe you are a threat to them in some way and how we get through this.

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Oct 24, 2021 – Peter Fam, Human Rights Lawyer, Sydney

:”There is a clear divide which has been promoted by media and government between vaccinated and unvaccinated, as if those two groups of people are inherently different in some way, and as if there are two groups of people rather than more nuanced scale of people with all manners and opinions about the covid-19 vaccine.

Anytime that polarization and division is pedalled by authority, red flags and warning bells should go off.

Historically, governments who polarize & divide.. an “us vs them”.. a “you should fear this group of people”.. are governments that are not interested in the well-being of the group that they determine is safe – as opposed to the group they determine is unsafe.

They are governments that are concerned with the consolidation and expansion of their own power.

What we’re seeing is the assumption that people who have not undertaken a particular medical intervention, for any reason, are somehow “dangerous”. This is despite the fact that the science and data that we’re seeing from around the world does not support that assumption, but such a message isn’t usually supported by science and data, such a message is designed to be emotionally-triggering, to put people into “fight or flight mode”, so that they think there’s a threat, and if we think there’s a threat – when we’re afraid, we don’t really think logically about things, and we certainly don’t employ love and compassion towards our fellow human beings.

Unfortunately things are very intense right now. People think that other people are a danger to them, and when people think that, you get situations that others are describing to me this week, where people you used to think were your friends, now treat you with distance or even hostility.

Many of the people I talk to have said to me that they’ve gone to lawyers for advice – employment lawyers for advice before speaking to me – and those lawyers have said to them: “if you want my advice, go and get vaccinated”.

There’s not a lot of compassion or flexibility. Most of the people who are most afraid are those who have done the least of their own digging, reading, and talking to doctors about this issue. By the way, I talk to a lot of doctors – they are certainly not of a Uniform view about what’s going on right now.

I just want to say finally, if you find yourself in a situation where you’ve been painted as an enemy, as dangerous, as irresponsible, as stupid, or whatever it might be. Remember, that has nothing to do with you, and everything to do with them.

Your choice to stand in the truth to what you believe to be right is triggering somebody else’s fear.

It’s not completely their fault they are afraid – they’ve been fed two years worth of messaging to say they are in “extreme, constant danger” and that your choice poses an existential threat to them and their family, therefore they act accordingly.

Your strength, your autonomy, your integrity, will plant a seed in them.

Even if they initially act with violence or disdain or hostility or they distance themselves from you – down the road they will remember your choice, your action.

It’s not about right or wrong, or who was correct. It’s about your bravery to stand up for what you believed in, and the fact that you still showed love and compassion to them even when they didn’t show it to you.

That’s how we come together – irrespective of what we think about the vaccine. We need to be compassionate, loving, honest, and strong in our truth.

And in time, when the truth comes out – as it always does, we will remain as a collective human species who haven’t destroyed each other through fear & division.”


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