“Aren’t you ashamed, you who walk backward along the whole path of existence, and blame me for walking backward along the path of the promenade?” Diogenes of Sinope.
Once again Melbourne, Australia has been put on the map, as it (once again) makes a world class fool of itself. To our shame, Novak Djokovic, the Serbian world champion tennis player, 9-time winner of The Australian Open Men’s singles title, unjabbed, unashamed, and beloved by the people, was recently refused entry into Australia even though he was granted a vaccination exemption.
Personally, I think the rules should not exist, but since they do, let’s apply them consistently for everyone across the board. Whilst many Australian citizens overseas were unable to return home, everyday people unable to get vax exemptions, and many cannot even visit dying or dead grandmas, Djokovic was granted an exemption only to be refused entry.
I don’t know about anyone else, but as with anything covid related, my head went into a kind of tailspin. It was almost like watching a form of 4D tennis, scratching my head with confusion, as it flicks left to right, wondering what the roools are again and whatever happened to the damn ball. Double-speak, double-think, and double standard. Not to mention, the various views and opinions circulating social media, from moral outrage at him being granted an exemption, to outright anger and disgust at his potential deportation. I even lost a friend as a result. It’s all too hard. The moral compass of people is far too subjective and prone to groupthink, if one did not learn to think for oneself, one would not know what to think.
Thankfully, I have trained my brain to make up its own mind about things, and hopefully come to some logical and rational conclusion. In the case of Djokovic, I do not believe it is fair that he was granted an exemption to fly all the way out here, only to be refused entry and deported. I know how it feels. Having attempted my own small-scale border crossing only to be turned back. It didn’t feel good, but that’s another story.
Admittedly, part of me was glad the same thing could happen to a high profile such as Djokovic, but as mentioned earlier, I think the rules are unnecessary and unjust. In my opinion, it would have been better if all tennis players and high profiles just set their egos and the money aside to boycott participating in any sports or concerts held in countries which mandate compulsory vaccinations.
Whilst I admire Djokovic’s convictions to remain unjabbed, in applying for an exemption he was still playing by “their” rules. I don’t want to swear here, but he should have given government bureaucrats a big F you and told them he would not play by those rules. Full stop. But here we are, a flawed, programmed people who know things are not right, yet systematically “go along” anyway. It is a conundrum.
If we truly want our freedoms back, the people need a serious jolt of de-programming. They need to take the Jesus pill, refuse totalitarian diktats and start walking backwards- along the promenade. If the rules are unjust, refuse to play. No more applying for exemptions, no more getting jabbed, no more masks, no more QR coding, enough with the testing and the isolating and just live. It is that simple.
Djokovic is currently holed up in a “hotel” awaiting appeal until Monday. The hotel is in fact a detention centre filled with refugees where supporters of Djokovic are currently protesting.