Many people might wonder, "Sarah, why are you embarking on this controversial topic? Why even bother?? Just let it be....don't rock the boat."
I've thought about that question a lot. And, mind you, as I've stated many times before----YOU have to make the decision about vaccines that is right for your family. But, as I've thought more about the above question, the same answer keeps coming to mind. I'm not sure if this is a quote, or just a saying that has been made popular, but this is my answer:
If we don't stand up for something----we will fall for anything.
The truth will set us free.
How many times have we been involved in a conversation, and, even if we wholeheartedly disagree, feel differently, or have an opposing viewpoint---we just keep our mouths closed and don't say anything. We don't stand up for it. What do the people involved in the conversation probably think????
THAT WE AGREE WITH THEM.
Maybe you don't want to rock the boat. Maybe you're scared of speaking your mind. Maybe you feel like you don't have enough facts or information to stand on. Maybe you are just plain intimidated.
I'm pretty sure we all feel that way at times. I think there is definitely something to be said about restraint, self-control and the like, when it comes to many things. I am too often one to speak my mind, stand up for what I believe in, and, as a result of that, have often stuck my foot in my mouth by saying too much. At times, I have WANTED more self-control in this category, and, I do think there is merit in the saying, "Actions speak louder than words." I really do.
But, I also think that there is a time and a place to SPEAK. To rock the boat. To say you don't agree. To question things. To look at them differently.
So........I have spoken.
And, I will continue to SPEAK.
I know many of you probably don't share my views and opinions on this, or other topics I have blogged about, and trust me, I don't expect you to. But, I hope one thing that we can share the same view on, is that, we want the TRUTH.
Here are some awesome quotes about TRUTH that have really struck a cord with me:
"Those who seek the truth, seek GOD, whether they realize it or not." ---Edith Stein
"The Truth is more important than the facts." ---Frank Lloyd Wright
"And then she understood the devilish cunning of the enemies' plan. By mixing a little truth with it, they had made their lie far stronger." ---C.S. Lewis
"The first reaction to truth is hatred." ---Tertullian
- Jesus answered him,
"I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life......" ---John 14:6
I urge, Urge, URGE you, as we embark on a New Year----make it a point to seek the TRUTH.
Not just in vaccines--------In EVERYTHING.