Attention psychopaths and sociopaths: have you ever wondered what it’s like to kill another person, but are worried about those pesky legal consequences that might ruin future plans? Have you wanted to kill thousands of people? Well there’s great news: one method of killing other has been completely legal throughout all of Human history.
Are you ready to find out? Just keep reading through this 20 page slide presentation…
…we’re kidding. You’d be within your rights to want to murder us for that. Anyway, here’s the answer:
Yes, it is perfectly legal to kill someone using bullshit.
“WTF?”, you grumble to yourself about wasting a click, and look for the back button. Just wait though, we’re gonna ‘splain.
Imagine you’re in an Otis Redding mood and head down to sit down at the docks and stare at the water, contemplating existence, trolley problems, and what-not. Just then you hear thrashing and gurgling below—someone’s drowning.
Immediately you spring into action. Leaping to your feet you heft an object in their direction, shouting “here, this will save you!”.
It’s a boat anchor.
Of course they do.
But hey, you “believe” anchors save people from drowning, so it’s all good, right?
Of course it isn’t. Right?
Let’s tweak the scenario: your mother is diagnosed with pneumonia. She’s having trouble breathing to the point her lips are turning blue. Instead of offering her a ride to the emergency room, you offer her a Homeopathic remedy. How about this one? You’re close friends with a billionaire tech mogul who comes down with one of the few treatable forms of pancreatic cancer. You encourage him to try enemas instead of going to a real doctor.
Or, you’re the parent of an infant who requires a blood transfusion to survive, due to a defect in the baby’s ability to produce properly-formed erythrocytes capable of delivering adequate oxygen. You refuse blood products and insist on curing it with prayer.
At this point you’re thinking “but in all these scenarios, the people genuinely believed those things would help… even if they didn’t“. Sure.
But can you prove that? In every case?
It is perfectly legal to kill someone with Bullshit
Now what about this one:
A medical doctor knowingly falsifies information to support the idea that vaccines actually cause diseases. This leads to hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people being reluctant to vaccinate their children out of stark, emotional, irrational terror. Consequently, diseases which were once all but eradicated worldwide, start popping back up in small, but growing clusters around the least-educated parts of your own country.
Most of the people who were and are afraid of vaccinating there children do not know Andrew Wakefield’s name, much less his fraudulent legacy. They just know the fear he put into them, which took advantage of the innate fear every loving parent has of doing accidental harm to their child.
There’s no paragraph about David Wolfe and Vani “Food Babe” Hari, we just wanted to remind you that they’re both motherfuckers.
We’re not advocating for the legal system to get involved when Grandma offers you a Hot Toddy for your cold symptoms or when your Hispanic mother-in-law advocates rubbing a commercial menthol gel on any-and-every body part to cure any-and-every thing that ails her grandkids.
But when grossly unqualified people advocate specific courses of medical treatment, including diets, people fucking die. If you wouldn’t ask your yoga instructor for advice on fixing your air conditioner, why the hell would you let them chime in on how to fix a complicated medical issue?
And what’s worse, where the hell would they get off providing anyone advice on that front in the first place? So sure, there’s probably not a case of someone deliberately killing another person by giving them bullshit medical or dietary advice, but there sure is an evidence of people pretending to be an expert on medical issues, causing other people to die.
And who’s to say none of them actually, secretly, sociopathically, were happy about it?
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