Regret that implies I would have chosen ignorance over knowing something, no matter how uncomfortable, and the world has too much of ignorance these days to hope for more.
a mash-up of illness & strength
“He should know that bad men need no better opportunity than when good men look on and do nothing.” – John Stuart Mill
Terrible diseases that we once thought were near eradicated (or at least under control) thanks to the work of modern medicine and effective vaccines are taking a second swing at our populations, and it seems to be thanks to one very simple cause: ignorance.
And yet sadly, that kind of statement is controversial.
The general consensus among people in the know is that despite “reasonably high percentage of the population”  having vaccinations for, say, measles, the trend of anti-vaccination panic in recent decades has lead to gaps in overall immunity of our population. The effect is playing out even today in early 2015, as measles outbreaks pop up in small but worrying numbers across North America. Disneyland recently hosted a small scare as ground-zero for infected kids and cast members. And while a few dozen cases across North America is not a significant percentage of the millions of annual worldwide cases, it is indicative of something bigger, particularly in a part of the world with the resources and systems to keep that number much closer to nil.