I received your wedding invitation in my mailbox the other day. I hurried inside and tore it open, eager to read the news. I pulled out the invitation card, the RSVP card, and the small, stamped envelope in which to mail my reply back to you. I was touched that you’d invited me. In spite of our different ideas about what’s going on in the world regarding COVID-19 and the so-called vaccines, I was suddenly looking forward to celebrating your big day with you and all our friends—and to finally meet the lucky man! To lay down our gauntlets of our disagreements and raise a glass to our long friendship. What a lovely way to usher in the New Year, I thought.
But then I pulled out fourth thing, a card that read:
For everyone’s comfort and safety, especially the most vulnerable among us, we are asking those who are not vaccinated to decline the invitation.
We deeply appreciate your understanding in light of the current situation.
I put all the papers on the kitchen countertop and gazed out a window at the first few flakes of snow from an approaching storm. My heart sank. I suppose I should have expected this from you. I know where you stand in this horrible mire. You’d gotten the double jab long ago. You may recall from my previous letter how shocked I was when you told me that. And disappointed. In the some 30 years that we’ve been friends, I’d always thought you had way more smarts than to be so easily fooled by this insidious, deadly shell game. I was also very angry. It was the last time we’d talked.
You felt obligated to send me the invitation, I’m quite sure. You didn’t want to leave me out. But you did leave me out, my friend. You know where I stand, too. I have not, nor will I ever, get the toxic jab. Fine, I thought as I put all those papers back into the envelope and put them all aside. If you’re still buying into this massive ruse, then I actually do not want to go to your wedding. This is not sour grapes. This is me standing my ground.
I could easily continue to be angry. And disappointed. But I’ve decided to have a change of heart and I am including this letter with my reply declining my attendance to let you know. You see, I had no choice in the matter to avoid sinking ever deeper into a pit of my own rage and despair. I’ve been concerned about my health. Chronic anger can make you more likely to get heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, and mental problems like depression. I felt a kind of desperation to do something. Then I woke up one recent morning, after yet another sleepless night, with a new idea.
Here’s what I want to say to you now: I don’t want to harbor any grudge against any friend who doesn’t believe as I believe about all of this. What came to mind that morning is what Jesus taught us in his final words as he was dying on the cross: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” To me, these words rose from within like a summons—both in the moment and for all time—for every one of us to rise above ourselves to become our highest self. And by that I mean giving up our need to be in control and our need to be right. In other words, to love unconditionally.
… Continue reading → Source: Second Letter to My Vaccinated Friend – LewRockwell
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