Well said Johnathon. There are many posters here - mainly the same ones - who seem to promote an official and govt narrative at all costs. This baffles me coz this is not Rasta- it's Rasta replacement. Blessings.
Okay, let's simply use logic.
If a weather forecaster says it's going to rain, do you believe him or not?
In your mind you should know there is a good chance that he's right because he's not licking his thumb and sticking it in the air. He's giving a report of predictions based on what radar and machines are saying based on actually monitoring weather patterns.
The person on TV is just the spokesperson for all the people reading that data, and the data represents decades of scientific knowledge in the field of meteorology. So regardless of how you feel about that particular person, you don't have access to the technology or years of experience to make the same prediction. That prediction goes out on privately owned networks that have to buy a license from the government in order to operate.
It isn't the government saying it. And even though the spokesperson is saying it, it's all coming from the work of regular people who have careers and jobs just like everyone else. And the ONLY way of them getting that information to the public is by organizing this way. But they don't automatically lose credibility because they're organized.
So with that in mind...
If the scientific community is saying something about a virus that doesn't mean it's coming from the government. Governments often contribute to funding research and science but this is in general and we use the fruits of that labor all the time. Even now, if you're using the internet you are using a technology that came as a result of government funding. And even then it started as a military communications project.
So government funding of research is not out of the ordinary. That doesn't negate the fact that these are private citizens, not secret agents, doing a lot of this work. And even if you could convince me that the US government owns all the labs and all of the US virologists are secret agents who ALL don't care enough about their families to support some kind of massive hoax or deception, you cannot convince me that every virologist on Earth has, for some unknowable reason, decided to join in on the deception. Even virologists in Africa.
And that's the thing... These are not governments ultimately saying these things and doing the work. It's everyday citizens and the government, because it is responsible for general public health and safety, has no choice but to simply give these voices a bigger microphone so they can more easily communicate such dangers to the general public.
There have been plenty of people who denied the existence of Covid-19 as a hoax and DIED of Covid-19. And why? Because they thought that since Anthony Faucci works for the government they couldn't trust what he says. But in reality, all he's doing is speaking for all of the virologists who have been studying Covid from around the US and around the world. They all report to their organizations and those organizations report their findings to each other and to the government so that the government can relate that information to the public.
So it's not about trusting the government. It's about understanding where to draw the line between what is and isn't "the government".
To do that you have to know how the government actually works, as a system, and how these private organizations work. They are not owned by the government. They are not under any type of security clearance unless they are doing work for the government.
And again... what the government isn't going to do is lie about something that other governments are going to quickly reveal to be a lie. But if you buy too many conspiracies they'll have you thinking that all the governments are conspiring together to kill you and that simply isn't the case. No one has any motive to do that as a matter of logic. Even if they did they would certainly go about it in a way they could get away with. A pandemic isn't it.
If you want to disbelieve every single thing that any government tells you, you have that right. But that also isn't Rasta. Rasta is opposed to systems of oppression, not all types and systems of government. Otherwise, Rasta would not be a strong supporter of Haile Selassie I who had to operate a government of his own and take care of his people the best he could which is why he has our respect. One must be careful that if we break away and organize communities with roads and bridges and organize further and further to tackle larger challenges, would we distrust each other the same way? No. Distrust should be a response to oppression. And we should always fight against oppression for the betterment of mankind.
And if it's going to rain tomorrow, I'd rather know.