Consider the odds

Consider the odds

First of all, let me be clear, I’m fully vaccinated. I got both doses of the Moderna vaccine as soon as I could and I was losing patience at the time I had to wait.

My wife got her vaccine before I got mine and I was glad she did.

To me, the decision was simple; the risk of suffering or dying from Covid was far greater than the risk of the same from the vaccine and if there is some clandestine government effort underfoot to bring about the demise of the world of us all, I’ll take that risk too.

I have two hereditary diseases that likely would have taken my life before now if not for modern science.

I almost died from infection after a ruptured appendix and again after contracting ehrlichiosis after a tick bite. On both occasions, if it were not for the life-saving antibiotics that existed I would not have survived.

If you do not believe the Covid vaccine is the answer to the end of the pandemic we are in, then I’m not here to argue with you about it, but I will offer this question:

If you and 100 other people were atop a burning building and the fire department offered everyone a single ladder to safety, would you take it?

Consider there are three options: You might try to outlast the fire and remain on the building, maybe they will put it out before it gets to you. You could jump and hope the impact of the fall might not kill you. Or you could climb down the ladder and risk falling off on the way down.

Now imagine that those who take the ladder are the ones that get the vaccination. The ones that remain on the building are the ones who refuse the vaccination, and the ones that jump are the ones that contract the virus.

It’s been said many times that life is a gamble and yet a gambler that wins doesn’t just play the odds but knows when those odds are in his favor.

“If you’re going to play the game, boy, you gotta learn to play it right.”

Kenny Rogers, “The Gambler”