Hammo’s 4 Tips to Respectfully Talk About Vaccines

Tuesday, February 1, 2022 10:09 am
Reading Time: 2 minutes

Vaccination is a controversial topic, and can be the spark for uncivil discourse. But despite which side you stand on, it’s important to be kind and respectful to others.

So Andrew Hamilton, the backyard philosopher, joined Kirste and Dan to share 4 tips on how to have a respectful conversation around the often contentious topic of Vaccinations. “You’re going to bump into people who think the same as you and people who think differently to you. You’re going to have these conversations.”

Listen and ask questions when talking to someone who has a different view. People hold their positions to reasons. Until you know those reasons you are in danger of making false judgements. “An unvaccinated person gets called an anti-vaxxer. That’s spoken with venom as if they belong to the lunatic fringe…maybe they have good reasons just as a vaccinated person isn’t a mindless sheep.”

Speak respectfully to one another if you disagree. “Nothing in this situation is completely black and white. If you want to post polarising stuff on social media, from either side, then you need to realise you are affecting your relationships.”

Don’t comment above your learning. Unless you’re an expert be aware that you are offering opinions.  Offering our opinions as facts can be dangerous.

Don’t sacrifice relationships because of vaccination opinions. Whether you’re in the 10% un-vaxxed or the 90% vaxxed don’t ditch your friends who have fallen a different way with their views. “Disagree by all means but respect one another and love one another.”

Hammo challenged anyone with fractured relationships over this issue to make peace. “Agree to disagree and get our relationships back on track.” Let us know your thoughts by texting or messaging us on socials. Listen to the full chat below!

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