You Either Belong to this Party, or You Don’t!


I want to open my heavy heart again if you, dear friends here, forgivingly let me do that. I had to consider a long time whether I shall speak about this current and at the same time an unspeakable topic or not (why is it so?) And after some sleepless nights, I decided to share my thoughts, as I can’t bear the pressure of its weight on my soul.

The topic, as you may guess, is the Coronavirus and our freedom. I must again mention that I don’t want to deny any virus and any illness causations. I only wish to caution; we must be aware and conscious about behaving and judging the environment. Therefore, I used there above ☝ this quote from Dr Jung.

The main thing that worries me is not the world’s governments but the people and nations in their countries. Mainly, the dictatorship begins there.

I have got once at all the feeling that it begins to be a party; we might not ask if someone is vaccinated or not, we might ask if the one belongs to the (our) party or not?!

I will talk about the Germans, as I live here and can observe the situation, although I read almost every news from all over the world I would rather stay here because I’d better judge.
The Germans, not all but most, have the talent to let the others (the government) decide and do the job. The most important thing is that they can rest and not worry about their responsibilities, but if they should judge, they do it gladly and quickly!

Stolen from “Desultory HeroicsPost πŸ™

This illustration looks maybe a bit harsh, but believe me, we are not so far away from it. Let me tell you why I think so.

It is set like many other countries; If you want to go to public places, such as restaurants or cinemas, etc., you have to have one of three confirmations, tested, recovered or vaccinated, or even only the latest two.
As I watch the news, it shows people (of course vaccinated) who angrily criticize and complain about the incorrect controls in cafes and restaurants because the hosts don’t check them up entirely and only ask them if they have their papers with them. This act, of course, is understandable, but they want to call the police to come and charge the place immediately!

It recalls me from Iran, in the early time of the young revolution. As you might know, the last Persian Shah had a secret service called Savak. This organization spied on people and arrested many. The new regime had destroyed Savak and was still too young to make a new one; therefore, Khommeyny said: we don’t need the Savak; our secret service is the whole nation who will look after the renegades and will notify our police. We have thirty-six million personal services! (those days Iranian population were about this number, now it is about eighty million.) You could imagine how we, the “unbelievers”, would feel in this vast observation.

It sounds the same here, as the (vaccinated) people must alarm the police when they see the traitors! Although I experience this stupidity also in the family environment.

It is dangerous and also unfortunate. Last Wednesday, my wife, sad and concerned, came back from school and told me there was a conference about the current situation with this virus. Two of her colleagues uttered themself that they didn’t want to get vaccinated, treated by others like the lepers!

This is a small clipping from a newspaper but says a lot.

We are already on the edge of collapse; our society, our humane relationship is at risk. We must be highly aware not to lose our minds and respect individual decisions.

And finally, I share a wise quote from another wise man, which my adorable wife sent me later, of course in German. Let us be aware and decide wisely.

The arts and the artists have always tried to try to help us develop our imagination. They can talk to you make you say anything; they can’t make you believe it.

Love you all. πŸ™πŸ’–πŸ™

16 thoughts on “You Either Belong to this Party, or You Don’t!

  1. This is a sad and upsetting read Aladin. I sense your real concern, anger and confusion over what is happening and although I have chosen to be vaccinated in the UK, I fully appreciate this is my choice alone and not a choice for everyone else to follow if they feel differently. Let alone be subjected to being treated like a bloody β€œleper” if people don’t comply with their nation’s government’s wishes.

    As I always like to look at as many sides of a debate as possible I found this video by Neil Oliver (a wonderful Scottish TV presenter) to be an interesting, eloquent conversation on the current topic you write so movingly about and of course about many of the bigger, societal concerns you raise. I hope you find it useful too and WordPress allows me to share it with you.

    Unbelievably, this is the third time I’ve shared the ancient poet Jalaluddin Rumi poem’s β€œThe Guest House” in the past hour, all for different reasons, but it feels relevant here today too …

    This being human is a guest house.
    Every morning a new arrival.
    A joy, a depression, a meanness,
    some momentary awareness comes
    as an unexpected visitor.
    Welcome and entertain them all!
    Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
    who violently sweep your house
    empty of its furniture,
    still, treat each guest honorably.
    He may be clearing you out
    for some new delight.
    The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
    meet them at the door laughing,
    and invite them in.
    Be grateful for whoever comes,
    because each has been sent
    as a guide from beyond.

    Love and light, Deborah.

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  2. My friend, I have felt from the very start of this that we are in a dark place. The right to question is being shouted down and manipulated. .Logic is out the window. This business of vaccines, who is, who is not and what ‘we’ then do is beyond belief.. Growing up I often wondered how certain horrors could ever happen, now I see how quickly humans break into factions. In this we must hold on to each other and remmeber what really counts. .

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      • You are not alone. I was just saying to my older girl there that the trouble with lies is you have to remember exactly what you said. And the lies have piled up. But many are questioning because they are now getting paper thin and the corruption is being slowly revealed. .

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  3. I am with you Aladin and this is a topic I wanted to deal with myself. If you believe that your governament does not respect basic rights, well, you kave to know that here in Italy you are not even allowed to go to work without the so called Green pass . You can be tested (how nice of them) at the cost of 22 euros and this pass lasts 48 hours. Starting from 6 December those have not been vaccinated yet (10%) will suffer further restrictions and for us teachers the booster is mandatory (!!!!) It has been recommended to spend Christmas with our family only, no friends, no parties, just like……last year, when there were no vaccines yet. That 10% has been labelled as the enemy of the system, when it is clear that vaccines do not work as expected. I am furious.

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    • Exactly that’s it what I wanted to say. I have heard about this so-called Greenpass, it’s very sad! For almost two years, all the governments commanded this and that without any acceptable result, they don’t really fight against this virus just want all to be vaccinated, though it looks not helping as well. Now, here comes a new variant marching on; it seems like a never-ending story. Why not, the laboratories making a lot of money. Is that what actually all about?
      Thank you so much, dear Stefy. Your support and understanding calm my heart. Take care, my lovely friend. Sending love ❀️ πŸ˜˜πŸ€—β€πŸ™

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  4. elainemansfield

    This is a brave post, Aladin. I feel the tension in this piece and also the threat to freedom everywhere as Covid becomes another political weapon. I have been vaccinated for both Covid and the flu and I’ll get a Covid booster tomorrow. I live in a low Covid, highly vaccinated area and so far we manage to accommodate both sides, although if someone isn’t vaccinated, I don’t want to spend indoor time with them. This hasn’t changed my life much because there is outdoor time and almost all my friends are vaccinated.

    I doubt this dilemma will go away. I feel fortunate that I can stay home with pleasure and love the peace. My son was just in San Francisco playing music in large venues and even though he’s been vaccinated, he took a test when he returned here (it was negative). I was glad he took the test so we could have lunch together today without concern. I try to find a balance between protection and not being neurotic. Here, most people wear masks in grocery stores and essential public spaces, but not everyone. I know this is very hard on younger people and for many, it brings up lots of anger.

    My country is deeply divided in so many ways. I see Covid as a public health issue, not a political issue, just as I was given a polio vaccine as a child and was required to have a flu shot to work at hospice. It’s painful to watch how vaccine status has become politicized and divided people and families. Fortunately, there’s no division on this issue in my family. I don’t judge people for their choices, but it was easy for me to decide to have a vaccine. I didn’t agonize over it.

    The whole state of democracy and political freedom feels precarious and fragile along with big problems with racism in my country. From my perspective, Covid became another political tool for dissension. May the world take a deep breath or two and find love for other humans and the Earth. Thanks for having the courage to write from your heart.

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    • Dear Elaine, I am so thankful and have gratitude for having such wonderful and kind friends here, like you, to give me support and help me to open my heart to all of you. Thank you, dear friend, for also opening your kind heart to me. πŸ™β€πŸ™β€

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  5. I understand your concerns and your trepidation about addressing such a controversial subject. You handled it very well, my friend. Our family welcomed the opportunity to be vaccinated but we still wear masks in crowded public places for other peoples’ comfort and our safety. Our vaccinated daughter-in-law contracted it anyway so we’re very wary. Fortunately it was a mild case but we are at much higher risk than she is. I also see this as a public health issue that has been used as a political tool for dissension. Forcible suppression of opposition and demonization of the “other” is unacceptable no matter which side of the divide it comes from. I grieve for all who have died or lost loved ones from this dangerous virus. Sending love, Jeanie

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    • That’s the point, dear Jeanie. Of course, being careful and taking care of fellow citizens is in the first place. But as you say and we see, the governments are just trying to make benefits out of this, no matter what it costs. I am also grieving for so many losses. If only the crucial could organize and steer better in the right way! Thank you, dearest Jeanie, for your kind words.

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  6. Dear Aladin,

    I am one of the vaccinated.
    I chose this very early on, for several good reasons; two being 1) that I knew people who got Covid, and 2) I know people who have died of it.
    Having said that, I still wear a mask outdoors and in.
    I social distance. I don’t travel, and I couldn’t care less about going out to restaurants and parties.
    I just want to see my family… of 3 + 2 =5..
    We are all vaccinated, so we have less worry being together indoors.
    Still, since I made my choice early on, politics have crept in.

    Anti-health care workers ???? What???
    Anti, anti, anti

    Pro choice
    Pro this party
    Pro that party
    Pro vaccine passports

    As I mentioned, I don’t go to parties, political or otherwise.
    I would never want to live in a dictatorship!
    I’ve had a free life in Canada. Women are “almost” equal to men here. (that’s a joke!)
    Our First Nations who were here before us, had their country stolen by my forefathers.
    Governments have been in the forefront, with the rich, deciding who gets what and when, since the beginning of humanity.

    We the people are puppets.

    I am confused & heartbroken about the history of our world, from the ancient times to now.
    I am confused & heartbroken about the virus and how humanity is handling it.

    I’ve decided art is all I really have.

    I know I drifted from your point; one thought leads to another.
    Resa xoxo

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    • That’s wonderful to hear your heart talking, my dear Resa. I know and understand your choice to be careful about this damn virus. I might only say that you should not let the fear overtake your mind. My problem isn’t the virus or the vaccinations. I had got all types of picks in my childhood. What worries me is the way politicians handle it. For example, when I watch the news, I see some “certain” virologists talking all in the same tones and the exact words. When I search in WEB and see some other virologists who have different suggestions but are not allowed to speak freely, I can wonder and be suspicious.
      I also know people who died by this, and I know some who recovered, and I know some who are vaccinated and passed from this! The main thing, I believe, is that how much Anybody exists in the blood. I know some never got vaccines but have not been infected. I just wished we should not throw all people in the same pot. To get the best result in such a critical situation is that “All Scientists” and not the chosen ones, gather together and discuss thereabout, to find the best way for fighting against it. Take care and be well, my lovely friend. Thank you. πŸ™πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ₯°

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  7. A powerful and thought provoking post, Aladin. I have colleagues who won’t vaccinate, and I don’t begrudge them their choice, and ultimately the main issue is about choice. Governments are enforcing people to vaccinate in order to work. That is what is happening here in my part of the world. I am a teacher and am fully vaccinated, and that was my decision. If people don’t want to be vaccinated, they hopefully understand the risks of potentially acquiring COVID. Once we take people’s right to choose, then as you’ve mentioned, we have become a totalitarian state. Pandemics have been around for thousands of years, it is important how we solve the problem and also treat people with respect.

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    • I thank you wholeheartedly for your kind and supportingly words. We have a hard time getting through, and we must be careful with what we decide to do. You’ve calmed my mind, my dear Luciana. πŸ™πŸ’–πŸ™πŸ₯°πŸ˜˜

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