Who thinks or talks about vaccinations these days? Well, who doesn’t, really? I would like to share my own perspective on the topic of vaccinations.
When I ponder our individual positions in society, I feel that we cannot overestimate the impact we each, individually, can have and do have. Jesus Christ told us all in the Sermon on the Mount: “You are the light of the earth! You are the salt of the earth.” (from Matthew 5) The “you” in this quote refers to those who were present to hear this spectacular, one-of-a-kind sermon. This sermon shows us how we relate to one another. It teaches that what we think, how we love, what we do or don’t do matters.
There is no “me” independent of humanity – we are one very large and very wonderful family of man. The one God we love, adore, and listen to is our dear Father-Mother, the cause of Life and the universe. Everything belongs together, everyone is linked to everyone.
The difference between a mere optimistic view and lookout on humanity and a spiritually informed view is simply that the second viewpoint has a guaranteed, solid basis, God. For me, there are not two worlds – a material world that I try to help or overcome, and a spiritual world that I try to reach one day – but one world, and one world alone: The spiritual world. We all live in this world, where God is the absolute center, its lawgiver, cause, effect, and inspiration, and in this oneness everything and everyone is related to each other. To be spiritual means to be never alone. We are always part of a much bigger whole.
It is only in perceiving and living this oneness daily that some sense of God can appear, and actually does appear. Honouring this oneness of being, more and more thoughts and ideas become visible, and more and more is there to discover, admire, and adore, every day. It is only in the respect for man and a love for man that we grow in grace and find the inner peace that characterises spiritually minded individuals.
Mary Baker Eddy writes:
“In love for man, we gain a true sense of Love as God; and in no other way can we reach this spiritual sense, and rise — and still rise — to things most essential and divine.” (Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 234)
There is something deeply spiritual in striving to be a sister (or a brother) to our sisters and brothers on the planet. Nurturing this family sense daily is a very tangible way of “loving our neighbor as ourselves” (Matthew 22: 39). There is also something deeply spiritual and progressive in joining hands with others, whatever their needs may be. If there is a need to talk, well then talk to me. If there is a need to be visited, well, then you will be visited! Loving our neighbour can take so many forms. How about also this: being interested in her/his well-being and being interested in what interests her/him? Or how about letting the other grow in front of me to show her/his true spiritual status? Or how about walking a stretch of the way without quarrelling with the other why?
For me, “loving my neighbour” is the reason why I got the COVID-19 vaccination, and why my entire family (including my mother, husband, and adult children) got the vaccination, too.
Right now, humanity has decided that vaccinations are the way, and that this is a way to express reason and show solidarity with others. There is always a blessing in solving an ethical dilemma from the perspective of “loving my neighbour”, from the all-inclusive basis of divine Love. We can understand that loving our neighbour truly improves us and doesn’t harm us. I know that Love has no side-effects (that was my prayer prior to, during, and after vaccination), and I know that Love is the liberator, as Mary Baker Eddy has pointed out. (Science and Health, p. 225). The little amount of matter in the form of the vaccine or in the form of human opinions pales in comparison to the infinite Love that is being poured forth on each one of us, every day.
One day, the world will understand that our true and really only immune system is Love, expressed in unselfed love. Until this day one way to show respect for the greater good is to join hands with others.