They will try to control my family and friends and then suddenly I don’t exist.” Dr. Yan received her MD degree from XiangYa Medical College of Central South University (China), and PhD from Southern Medical University (China). Dr. Yan was based at a prestigious Hong Kong University, it was a key part of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) global epidemiology network.
The Chinese national health commission still denies the COVID-19 outbreak started in the lab in Wuhan, saying there is no evidence the new coronavirus was created in a laboratory. She also claims the co-director of a WHO-affiliated lab, Professor Malik Peiris, knew but didn’t do anything about it. However, if Dr. Yan indeed publishes her findings and it tells a different story, this could be a breakthrough in the COVID narrative many have suspected was eventually going to surface. This is one of the challenges with traditional or mainstream media; it is complacent with narratives from government, and often does not seek to explore other or more controversial ideas that can have a big impact on the world. In many ways, true journalism is no longer done at the mainstream media or traditional media level, it’s simply reporting on what facts have been handed down from government or major world organizations. To the traditional narrative, it’s nothing but baseless conspiracy theories that COVID-19 started in a lab. Multiple fact-checkers have stated that because various labs and governments have said there is no evidence it’s manmade, then it’s a done deal. But what about stories like this from Dr. Yan? Are they to be not considered? Because of this, it becomes complicated when alternative media decides to follow up on leads, whistleblowers, or claims that there is more to a particular story, and publishes something about it. Without even making sweeping claims, fact-checkers are deployed to determine whether or not the information alternative media shares is indeed factual, using mainstream media or traditional media sources to debunk the alternative media claims. This of course leads to calling alternative media false and untrustworthy. This is why the idea that COVID-19 could have been manmade has not been thoroughly discussed, because traditional media and fact-checkers already have claimed it’s not true, even without evidence other than major institutions claiming it wasn’t. It’s important to note no one is holding these major institutions accountable nor fact-checking them. Why does it matter? If COVID-19 was manmade, what would change about our current situation? Motive aside, it would show us that our desire to tinker with and create viruses that could harm people, perhaps for biological warfare or other reasons, can have undesired effects. Perhaps we do begin to question whether there is a greater motive. Was it released by accident? On purpose? Who would gain from this? If they created it, have they created others? Is there already a vaccine? Why hasn’t the public been told the truth? Conversation. This would be one of the biggest implications to me, the fact that people would now know that government lied, public health lied, and the media was complacent in holding no one accountable. This would lead us to question many other aspects of our society, who has humanity’s best interest at hand, and what we collectively wish to change as a result of knowing more about what we were purposefully not told. It has become imperative to watch multiple sources of media if you wish to explore what is going on in our world.
The mainstream institutions of media lack both real journalism and contextual understanding of corruption that exists within government and major world organizations, leaving them out of touch when it comes to answering the world’s important questions. As people, it is also important we become self-aware of how ideological we can become about our mainstream or alternative beliefs about the world. Truly staying open, dynamic and flexible in our thinking and making sense of the world is a crucial part of digesting media.
These stories change how we operate on a day to day level in life. Greater responsibility is being called upon within people to engage with what is happening in our world so we don’t continue down a path of more authoritarian control and division. We have a deep discussion about remaining self-aware and steering clear of ideological positions in a recent interview I did with Dr. Madhava Setty about 9/11, consciousness and more. Check it out here. Collective Evolution is one of the world's fastest-growing conscious media and education companies providing news and tools to raise collective consciousness. .
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