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You are not alone

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AFTER reading Andy Thomas’s article ‘Life as an anti-vaxxer’ on Sunday and many of the comments below the line, I admit, I was disturbed. Notwithstanding the labels thrown at us by the compliant politicians and media, some of which appear to be sticking, many people seem to be in a state of despair, exasperation and isolation, just as so many were last year. It breaks my heart. I’ve spent a good amount of time reading about people who are losing the will to live, who are at loggerheads with their partners and families, who can’t see a way forward, who need like-minded company. I can empathise with that. It’s one of the main reasons I set up TCW pub meets: to offer friendship to like-minded people who are being ostracised by not only society but by their friends and families. I think it’s good to remember that there are people who do not agree with the current narrative being tossed out by the elite. They have questions that are not being answered. They have concerns that are being ignored. I’m aware that meeting up does not help to move things forward, but it helps knowing that you are not alone in this and that there are others who share your concerns. Chatting over a few pints and some good pub nosh is also a great way of breaking the ice.

Another of the concerns I am picking up on is the lack of Christian compassion shown by some parish clergy (as Andy Thomas mentioned in his article) and certainly church leaders. In this time of division, we look to these people to cement community spirit: to bring people together and give them the support (spiritual or otherwise) they need. When I hear about priests asking their parishioners to mask up, shutting them out when they can’t, I wonder what has happened to the church. Jesus wouldn’t have segregated people: he’d have brought them together, no matter who they were. Many priests seem to have bought the line that the unvaccinated and maskless are putting lives at risk. If they knew that the vaccinated and masked pose just as much a threat (if you can call it that) maybe they would be a bit more forgiving. Regardless of their own point of view, their key messages should be on the Bible, on compassion, on bringing the community together, not dividing them. It saddens me that some church ‘leaders’ have gone down this route.

As it is, this site (and a few more) will provide support to those who feel they are being ignored. The many excellent writers will answer the questions you’re not getting from the mainstream media whose ‘journalists’ have become state activists. The superb commenters below the line will provide assistance for those who need comfort and hope. For the many who are looking to meet fellow travellers in person, there are the Stand in the Park meetings all across the country. This link will shed some light on what is in your area. 

For anyone who might be looking to do what I did, meeting other TCW posters, you can happily find out under the line who is in your area and exchange emails. Trust me when I say that meeting up with people you’ve been speaking to on the site is a brilliant experience and will do you the world of good, giving you strength you know you had but which has been buried by a government keen to scare the life out of you.

You are not alone and you never will be while there are those of us who are willing to speak out against tyranny. 

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Michael Fahey
Michael Fahey is a social conservative and mental health carer.

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