Virtue signals?

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You have probably noticed a weird trend on social media these days. Weird, or is it just empty virtue signaling? There is a lot of virtue signaling going on these days for quite a lot of various subjects. What do you think about people doing things or saying things just so they can appear to be better than you or others? Are you down with that? Are you doing it?

The trend of which I speak has to do with the virtue signaling of posting pictures or videos of getting the COVID vaccination. Surprisingly, people I didn’t expect to see this from are actually doing it too.

Is it that you think by letting people know you have the vaccine that they will somehow think more of you? That you are meeting with their approval? That you are better than me or someone else because you have complied with social demands to do so? Have you succumb to peer pressure and in turn now become the peer pressurer?

Do you post about when you get the flu shot?

Do you post your taking your blood pressure meds?

Do you post about your hepatitis treatments?

Do you post that you were vaccinated against the chicken pox, mumps, measles, diphtheria, rubella, or other childhood vaccinations?

Do you post about other medical issues?

Yes, getting the COVID vaccine is a personal choice, but does that mean we broadcast those medical personal choices to everyone? If not, then why are you doing so with this?

Perhaps you should check your motivations.

What virtue, exactly, are you signaling? By broadcasting it, are you signaling that you actually support the “vaccine passport” that would supposedly allow you to get into public events, other countries, and the like? Isn’t that a sort of medical discrimination? Do you support that too?

I doubt many people actually care whether you have your shot or not. It’s your choice to get it, or not. I don’t care. I don’t care about this one and I don’t care about any of the others.

Keep it to yourself. No one actually has a need to know.

2 comments

  1. G. J. Jolly · April 21

    I don’t discuss health on the internet except in emails to people close to me emotionally. Back before COVID19, I did mention my health on my blog a couple of times. I don’t do that anymore. I’ve become more reclusive. I’m not sure why this is, although I can tell you that it isn’t because I think I’m better than anyone else.

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    • backuphill · April 21

      Obviously we pick and choose what we share with others and I think your approach to keeping health/medical things to yourself is wise. Other than loved ones or someone really close to you, there isn’t really a reason to share. Unless, or course, the motivation is to get something from it, like praise or sympathy or support or whatever. Motivations sometimes aren’t obvious but then there are times where it is crystal clear.

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