When I have attempted to speak about some of these issues, I have been ignored, attacked or encountered a wall of defence. The denial of anything other than the mainstream viewpoint has been quite shocking. This, coupled with an increasing unpleasantness online led me to self-gag. Although I have written tonnes recently I chose not to publish. The pervading atmosphere felt unsafe and I feared being shunned. My old feelings about being ridiculed, rejected or ostracised rose up and shut me up.
After some soul searching I have changed my mind and decided to speak my truth. After all, my professional work is about authenticity and embracing who we truly are underneath all the limiting beliefs. I need to walk my talk.
Experts in their field, who dared to question the mainstream narrative about this virus, have found themselves censored, condemned or even castigated, including world authorities. Some even went so far as to create an Independent SAGE group in the UK who believed the Government strategy “should be informed by science and debated in public, and a proper coordinated strategy for its achievement developed with the public.”
I also had information removed or marked as false on Facebook, it was against “community guidelines”. This is curious given that sharing similar information previously was fine. Facebook along with Youtube, Google and others control what information we are exposed or can find. If it challenges the mainstream medical narrative, or God forbid, the safety of vaccines, then my friends, it disappears.
A life raft
Some friends and family previously condemned media outlets such as the BBC. They considered their reporting of Scottish Independence, Brexit or Climate Change to be biased. Now they seem to be following their news as verbatim. This has shocked me.
Perhaps it demonstrates the effectiveness of the Behavioural Insights team’s psychological manipulation. Their tactic of creating a climate of fear seems to have worked. As we know fear will blank out reason. When confronted with uncertainty we clamour for safety, deleting and distorting previous knowledge as we search for a life raft to cling to.
I totally get that, I too have searched for a place of reassurance as my professional understanding about disease, health and wellbeing appears to be at odds with much of the current narrative. Thankfully I found safety amongst my professional colleagues and others who are also questioning the whole Covid-19 narrative.
Culture of conformity
Sadly information which challenges the dominant narrative is being suppressed. This is worrying at anytime but especially now regarding this virus. If we cannot access a range of views how can we weigh up and consider in order to make a reasoned decision for ourselves?
One of the problems lies with the funding of mainstream media. There is a dependence on support and advertising dominated by multinational corporations, foundations, Government Departments and intergovernmental institutions. They all have agendas to fulfil, bottom lines to fund or shareholders to appease. These entities can dominate the narrative. They label those who question and offer alternatives as conspiracy theorist and seek to discredit them. Honest and open reporting has become hampered by a culture of conformity to the needs of the funders.
Many scientists now find themselves in a similar position. Having accepted enormous grants and awards from the same organisations their research is now potentially skewed.
Dr. Marcia Angell, a physician and longtime Editor in Chief of the New England Medical Journal tells us, “it is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of the New England Journal of Medicine.”
Sadly this applies to many of those who advise our Governments. Conflicts of interest pollute the waters of so called independent scientific advice.
In addition, search engines and social media create echo chambers where we rattle around bumping into like minds. It becomes all too easy to band together to condemn any dissenting voices. In addition many people believe the memes created by corporate interest and share them freely without ever checking their validity or authenticity. Watch The Great Hack if you don’t believe you are being manipulated.