poking holes in the NAP?


poking holes in the NAP?

On a discussion of pro-vaccine vs anti-vaccine, a commenter said, “hey, the NAP is whatever people want it to be. why can’t i consider someone breathing in my direction to be an attempt to harm me? they could be sick. and if they’re unvaccinated, they could be sick with a mutated strain of something, or some disease that was considered extinct. that’s a legitimate and serious threat to my safety. may as well be waving a gun around“.

Because I’m emotionally connected to the NAP, my instinct was to dismiss the claim as bullshit and move on. But that’s not how you act of you’re truly interested in uncovering truth. So, I considered it. Honestly.

1) the commenter (he) knows that people breathe. If he chooses to be around people, then he is consenting to being subjected to their breath. If he is around people involuntarily, then the NAP has been violated by whomever is forcing him to be around others, but not by the breathers, who couldn’t avoid breathing even if they tried.

2) he is also breathing. Even he, the vaccinated guy, could very well carry a disease. There aren’t vaccinations for all diseases, so he is guilty of carrying the risk that he claims others carry.

3) as has been shown on this blog, threats do not constitute a NAP violation, so the  mere threat of contagion is not rightfully subject to defensive force.

End thought experiment.

P.S. As for the vaccine question, I’m neither for, nor against. I’m not a scientist, so I can’t perform my own experiments or validate that experiments done by others are not biased. I certainly don’t trust the government or their pharmaceutical companies. In theory, vaccines are great, but in the current reality, they’re dangerous due to the lack of available concrete knowledge in a heavily politicized, agenda-driven environment. Also, the comment featured here includes a logical problem, where he argues that a mutated strain of a disease may threaten his health. That is the case regardless of whether or not anyone is vaccinated. 

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