Thanks for bearing with me.
Hang in there. All of us, even us non academic types, feel this way. So thankful that people with your knowledge and expertise have fought the good fight. We still need to keep it up!
Being back at work has given me the opportunity to spread the truth about the vax. Just imagine how gleeful I am inside when, asked if I'm vax'd, I answer "hell no" with utter disdain.
I get it 100% I am not an academic like you but in my sphere since Masking has dropped I can not forgive those who continue to perpetuate this fraud. They are “friends” who continue to greet me like everything is FINE and all should be FORGIVEN. I can’t.
Eugypius, very similar situation here. Writing something while thinking almost the same. But I want to feel like 2 years ago, I won’t stop trying. It is my duty, I have to contribute to get out life back.
I try to think that there are people like us among the audience. And I am planning to include one Easter egg in my presentation: when I need to include the picture of a random guy I am including a picture of Peter McCullough, for example. Who knows, perhaps someone comes to me after I am finished.
I am in the same boat. I am close to retiring and wish I could now but its not a good idea to wish the years go by any faster. Find people who have your views and spend time with them and just do what you have to to get by I guess. I really dont have the answers - maybe someone on this post will help me as well with their words.
Ditto. Not relishing the return of the conference circuit. Plus, I now have contempt for most of my simpering colleagues.
I understand and identify 100%. It is enraging and it is barely possible to tolerate the useful idiots who so willingly became totalitarians over this.
I was a perfectly happy permanent resident of New Zealand until this idiocy. I was never going back to the US. I fled New Zealand in July 2021 after Medsafe (NZ's version of the FDA) shut down one of my businesses (making an unapproved medication which is legal in many jurisdictions) and deprived me of $40k income in another one due to lockdowns. The move also added considerable financial burden.
On top of this, I can never return to New Zealand unless mandates are revoked, as permanent residents cannot enter the country unless "fully vaccinated." Whatever that even means anymore. 3 jabs? 4? 5?
My two young cousins have had to endure 3 jabs to receive their degrees at one of America's ivy league unis.
My work producing the first ever immunotherapy vaccine for cancer, which no one else makes, was technically legal, but I was shut down anyway. When I got my lab on a freighter out of New Zealand and left the country, I started to get louder. I started to use my real name. Then I decided to go public with my story.
I realized that trying to stay small and hidden had not gained me anything, anyway. Eventually I will move to Mexico if I have to (one of the only countries where it is used -- Germany is another one as they have a very active hyperthermia association). I don't care if I die in this, because the life they want us all to live isn't worth living.
I will never, ever, ever forgive or forget, and I am full of rage at the death and destruction wrought by these useful idiots. And now they may kill hundreds of millions more through starvation wrought by artificially created food and fuel shortages.
Lampposts. Lampposts through and through.
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It's the great awakening. It is difficult engaging with those that spent the last two years screeching their heads off. I empathise. Writing helps.
I had to opt out of two live conferences lately for lack of you-know-what, and expecting to have to opt out of one more. Can't believe they still require proof of vax for attendees.
All the best to you eugyppius. I left my job in the fall of 2021 for not being vaccinated, and I've been asked by a few friends and family if I would return to work. I worked in a lab and felt burnout pretty early on in my job. However, after everything that has gone on I've really questioned wanting to return to science. I love science, I hate what science has become. It's hard to describe this to others- they don't quite understand why I have my misgivings or that I may be lazy or too paranoid to want to return to lab work, so it's nice to see other people who at least have similar sentiments as me.
You are in my prayers…. But thanks for the work you do. We are grateful.
This resonates strongly with what I and I suspect so many others dealing with. No worry that you need to take time for this task. I hope you can manage to make it through long enough to meet personally with people of like mind and focus your energy there as much as possible.
I feel the same way -- I have been doing my best to disengage myself from the social aspects of academia since before the pandemic even, because so many of our colleagues have become such odious creatures that every interaction is potentially hazardous. And in any case, the cost of attending these things is exorbitant, not to mention the irony of flying thousands of people from all corners of the world to complain about carbon emissions...
That being said I do have a few genuine academic friends scattered over the globe that I was looking forward to seeing again at a conference this summer, for a professional society that I have faithfully served with volunteer service for over a decade, but guess what? Gotta have three shots -- plus wear a mask -- to attend the conference. To hell with all of them; I'm with you, I try to be a forgiving person, but I can't get over what they've done to me, my family, and the whole damn world.
You are not alone my friend. I work as a senior creative in health care marketing. A category that has become absolutely abhorrent. Hang in there and I'll try and do the same.
Been contemplating the same dilemma in a slightly different field.
Forgetting (and forgiving) what Team Reality has endured in the past 2 years is the worst thing any of us could do. You know who cowered and hid. You know who left you out of holiday celebrations, suggested separate classrooms for your children or requested vaxxed only team meetings. You know who called you a "plague rat", "anti-vaxxer", "grandma killer", etc. Those holier-than-thou folks have been marked in my mind. I will not forget who you are.