Waiting for critical mass

A few years ago, I attended a sermon by former Episcopalian bishop, John Shelby Spong. Something he said that morning stuck with me. He said that whenever a controversial issue of social justice such as slavery, segregation or gay marriage is being energetically debated in public forums, for all practical purposes, that issue has largely been settled. It may take years for the evolving, new way of thinking to become the commonly-accepted view, but, in effect, the debate is over, because there’s no turning back to the old way of thinking.  This is what is happening with vaccination. It will take years for the transition to be completed, and, in the meantime, countless more people will needlessly be harmed and killed. But, for all practical purposes, the issue is settled. There’s no turning back. All we’re waiting for now is that critical mass.

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