Summer Jam The Hague 2021
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Mon Aug 30 12:47:44 CEST 2021
I concur with these views but it has to be said that one must NOT always blindly trust authority - humans at scale become a cannibalistic organism that very rarely results in the survival of the greater good as opposed to the few. It is vital to maintain a multiple viewpoint perspective in the modern world, and not allow fixed ideas to rule the political sphere. Science is cruel, because it is human. But science doesn’t work on the basis of fixed ideas.
That said, I’m onboard with whatever guidelines Joost and Heather determine are best in order to protect us as their guests. I can guarantee I’ll do my bit to social distance… ;)
Anyway, I’m personally looking forward to our meeting this week, folks. I can’t think of anyone else I’d rather be socializing with than the music-bar crew at the moment.
> On 30.08.2021, at 00:43, Peter Korsten <peter at severity-one.com> wrote:
> Hey Joost,
>> Normally I’d build a big party for the Saturday eve, but I feel a bit conflicted to invite too many people. There are no NL restrictions on group size in private homes but I think it’s still wise not to cluster too much.
>> On the other hand, with the high vaccination rates in the Western world, I think we can also meet up again. Still, don’t seek it out. Like, you won’t find me going clubbing in a dark damp sweaty room…
> It's not easy. It boils down to finding a balance between physical health and mental health. But provided that everybody has been vaccinated, the risks to physical health should be minimal. Heck, you could have had it and not even notice.
> As for mental health, be prepared for some anxiety. You can't go from living like a hermit to full-on party mode, and expect everything to be like it was before. Hugging people? Probably awkward.
> So, when the big day comes, be kind to yourself. Things won't be the same for some time to come. Don't do things that you think that other people expect from you; do the things that you feel comfortable with.
> It's very important to be kind to and take care of other people, but even more so for yourself. After you've taken care of yourself, there's still plenty left for other people.
>> About flat-earthers, certificate fraud, etc… it doesn’t really match what I’ve seen from people around me. I know of two friends who didn’t (fully) vaccinate, and they both have good (medically sound) reasons. I cannot name anyone in my surroundings that has been cavalier about other people’s health.
> You haven't been following Perry on Facebook then.
>> I really feel it’s important to keep a bit of respect for each other in these quite challenging times. Also, let’s be mindful of the catastrophe that’s happening in less rich countries right now.
> That will come back to bite us. To be fair, rich countries got the hardest hit by the pandemic when it first started, because their citizens can actually afford to fly around the world.
> As for the respect: I have very little sympathy for those who use belief as a justification to conduct that harms others. For me, there's no essential difference between those blowing up desperate people in Kabul, or those who allow mutations to continue to pop up, and jeopardise those with health issues, because they watched a sodding YouTube video.
> - Peter
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