You don’t have to put on the red light
Those days are over
You don’t have to sell your body to the night
You don’t have to wear that dress tonight
Walk the streets for money
You don’t care if it’s wrong or if it’s right
-Sting and The Police
Have you ever known someone who considers themselves devoutly pro-life but viciously condemns anyone who refuses vaccination? (Despite the fact that most vaccines are cultured in the tissue of electively aborted fetuses?)
Have you ever heard someone condemn people who eat meat or people who wear leather as abusing animals but then go out and get a full round of vaccines cultured in animal tissues?
Or how about those PSA’s about the dangers of chemicals in cigarette smoke? Yet, they neglect to warn you that vaccines contain many similar chemicals. Apparently formaldehyde, ammonia and insecticides are harmful when smoked, but formaldehyde, ammonia compounds and insecticides injected into the bloodstream are harmless.
What is it that makes people embrace vaccination when it presents challenges to their ethical or moral beliefs? Well, most of the time they will say that the good done by vaccines in saving lives far outweighs the moral implications of abortion, animal testing, and the usage of harmful chemicals. Of course, they conveniently discount or ignore data that shows that vaccines are much less effective than anticipated. And herein lies the prostitute archetype at work.
The prostitute archetype is about selling parts of ourselves- physically, mentally, spiritually, socially, artistically etc. in exchange for some kind of survival. When we feel that we can not survive something and that our only choice is to “sell out”, the prostitute archetype starts emerging. ( BTW, this post is on the prostitute archetype and vaccination, not the sex trade. If you want tor read about my thoughts on why fighting the sex trade is more helpful than humanitarian vaccination programs, read here.)
Most people are terrified of two things: 1) contracting a deadly disease and 2) that vaccines may not actually protect them from deadly diseases. Infectious diseases seem mysterious and scary. The average person doesn’t understand how he or she could possibly survive something like pertussis or tetanus or measles.
But vaccines promise that you’ll never have to worry about it. Of course, the price is that you inject yourself and your children with aborted fetal and animal cell cultures and toxic chemicals that can cause encephalitis and frequently don’t prevent disease. But you tell yourself that it’s OK, because at lease you will be alive. The fear that you won’t survive a “vaccine preventable” disease becomes so overwhelming that you fail to take a step back and acknowledge the weaknesses of vaccination, even when they are right in front of you. You also fail to acknowledge an abundance of evidence that sanitation, hygiene and a diet rich in nutrients will help your body to fight off many diseases and serious complications.
And most people have a very skewed view of the true risk of “vaccine preventable” diseases. Despite the fact that 400-500 people died from measles annually in the decade before the vaccine was introduced compared to 1,250 children expected to die from cancer in 2015, or 50,310 colon cancer deaths in 2014, or 40,290 breast cancer deaths in America by the end of 2015, or 610,000 deaths from heart disease in the US every year, and 23,000 deaths from antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria annually, the public is going to pieces over measles while consuming massive amounts of artery and colon clogging junk food and eagerly taking antibiotics. The fantasy of vaccines is so alluring that most will cling to it at all costs- even sacrificing their health and the health of their children to keep buying into the dream.
But here’s the good news: when understood, our prostitute archetype can be a guardian of faith. Faith that we don’t need to sell ourselves for survival. Faith that evolutionary biology and God have equipped us with the tools for survival as long as we take care of our bodies. Faith that other options are available beyond animal and fetal cell cultures and toxic chemicals. Our inner prostitute can alert us to situations where we are in danger of being bought or sold. So listen to your inner prostitute when it tells you that you don’t need aborted fetal and animal cell cultures and toxic chemicals to be healthy. If you believe that abortion, animal testing or toxic chemicals are bad things, you should be interested in other alternatives for disease prevention. Truly, you don’t have to sell your body to the night.