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I now know 4 people besides me who got sick from going to the con ....

This raises an interesting point with regards to personal responsibility for your actions. People harp americans as avoiding responsibility again and again (myself included) but really, at what point does the responsibility no longer be your own? I'll explain some examples.

You're yacking on your cellphone and you rear end someone, totalling their new car but not injuring anyone. Are you responsible for this? Will you (your insurance company) remediate the situation?

What about the traffic jam you caused? Are you responsible for this?

The financial loss due to traffic jams is difficult to compute. Some will say that no real money is ever lost, because it's merely a delay and what would have sold will still sell, what work needs to get done will still get done in most instances.

How about something more direct.

Your kid has chickenpox. You send him to school anyways because you don't want to have to stay home with him and it doesn't appear to be a bad case anyways and if it gets worse you know the school can call you and you'll come pick him up. "Most kids are immunized against chickenpox these days anyways so why do I care?" 5 kids promptly come down with chickenpox. 1 dies from it. Are you responsible in any way?

You're diagnosed with HIV. Before anyone finds out, you go out and have unprotected sex with 5 people who you thought didn't know each other. 4 of them seroconvert and after some time trace it back to you. Are you responsible?

You start developing symptoms of the flu. You're not very sick yet because it hasn't kicked in fully, but you're aware that now is the time you're most likely to shed the virus contagion. Going to the con means a lot to you so you decide to go anyways. 35 people are infected with the cold that you expose them to. Are you responsible?

Where do you draw the line between ignorance and negligence? At what point are you responsible for your actions?


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Jan. 19th, 2005 07:59 pm (UTC)
A lot of people get sick after bein' near me. It was more pronounced when I lived in the barracks, but a sniffle for me is a full blown cold for a lot 'o people. The Marines immunized my system like crazy and built up my physical well-being. Do I have to spend the day indoors everytime I use a kleenex? Most people count getting sick as a routine part of socializing. I know while I was in snot could ooze from my eyeballs and I still wouldn't get a chit to miss work.
Jan. 19th, 2005 08:42 pm (UTC)
"You're diagnosed with HIV. Before anyone finds out, you go out and have unprotected sex with 5 people who you thought didn't know each other."

Who treats HIV infection like a nookie-race against time?
Jan. 19th, 2005 10:11 pm (UTC)
I haven't ever gone to a con sick, but I have come away from quite a few sick. Frankly, I don't hold it against those who do go. Unless you've got, say, Tuberculosis, or some other 'serious' and infectious disease, you shouldn't let it stop you from doing what you do.

The same can be said about 'going to work sick'. I've worked for people in the past who got angry whenever I came to work sick, because they didn't want to be contaged. Unfortunately, the company didn't provide sick days-- And I'm sure as hell not going to waste my vacation just because I'm sick. Especially when I probably got it from working at that company anyway.

Still, if you do go to a con sick, at least minimize people's exposure to your sickness if possible. Don't go to a four hour panel in a small room while coughing up a lung and sneezing continuously.

Jan. 20th, 2005 01:47 am (UTC)
i got really really sick at FC when i went...

i don't know about you but when i was a kid parents were encouraged to spread chickenpox, because it is safer for kids to get it and fight it young, then immunize and risk getting it later in life.
Jan. 20th, 2005 08:00 am (UTC)

You didn't stop by Club Max to see me. Sorry I didn't get to hang with you 2 for a bit. Where were you 2 during the con?
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