I Am, You Are, We Are Living In a Parallel Universe

25 November 2021

4.8 MINS

As Australians, we sing songs about our national unity. But covid panic and discriminatory laws have split our nation in two. If post-vaccine life is rosy for you, dare to take a look at life from the viewpoint of the injured, the broke or the locked-out.

“Australians all let us rejoice, for we are one and free.”

Are we?

The Prime Minister’s attempt at equity and unity in changing the lyrics to our national anthem appears to many Australians to have stumbled at the first hurdle. With state borders closed, we are not one. And with vaccine passports, we are certainly not free!

Some Australian citizens have made informed, carefully considered choices about the vaccine. They have weighed the risks and rewards, have abstained for religious reasons, or are aware of their medical susceptibility to an adverse reaction. To others, a new vaccine with only provisional approval poses more questions than answers. So they have said “no”.

Many of these people have been unfairly labelled instead of being applauded by family, friends, and co-workers for taking the time to read, learn, and inquire. “Anti-vaxx”. “Lacking compassion”. “Conspiracy theorist”. These and even some four-letter expletives have flown at them, even from people they love.

Our nation has been split like a Portuguese chicken on the spit of half-truths.

Perhaps you have chosen to “do the right thing” and roll up your sleeve for “the greater good”. You may have sailed through the process without any fears and without missing a beat. Maybe you work from home or in an industry unaffected by lockdowns. Good for you.

That is not everyone’s story.

Real Accounts From Around Australia

Meet Peter*. He’s 52 and has had a rough life. He lives on the street after becoming homeless. It’s cold outside and beginning to rain. A mate tells him the local shelter has space. He hurries there. The supervisor meets him and tells him that an extra bed is available. “You’re fully vaccinated, Peter?” the supervisor asks. “Nah, I don’t want to,” Peter responds. “Sorry mate, I can’t let you in. Just get the jab and I’ll be able to fix you up next time.”

Pauline* is 85. She is a widow, a mother, and a grandmother. She’s double vaccinated but suffered an adverse reaction. Many months later, she is still suffering lethargy and pain. She has decided not to take the booster, and she worries about what this will mean for her future interactions in society.

Johanna* is 83. She is a beautiful Christian granny. Her children have harangued, threatened and cajoled her. “Will you get the vaccine for Jesus? Don’t you love us?” Christmas remains under a cloud.

Georgie* is 51. Her underlying health conditions led her to research the possible side-effects of the Covid-19 vaccines. Georgie is a double-certificate nurse of 28 years in both general and ER. She’s being fired after caring for the very people who had Covid-19 this year and last. She has also seen too many vaccine injuries coming through the system: young people with myocarditis; older people who have suffered a stroke shortly after vaccination. Georgie’s position is simple: Covid-19 presents far less of a risk to her health.

Melanie* is 68. She is a retired teacher and an avid golfer. Melanie and only one other friend remained unvaccinated at their club. Her buddy gave in to the pressure and then began to look upon her with derision. Since Melanie wasn’t vaccinated, she could only play golf under strict conditions: she had to play with only one other golfer. To her credit, the club president volunteered. Melanie made the final of her grade competition. But nobody was happy with her because she would not be playing against another player, just the captain playing passively. Word also came out through the club that several people asked for non-vaccinated people to be expelled. Crushed, Melanie withdrew. Her daughter was fired that week, too; a pre-school teacher who rejected the industry mandate.

Injustice After Injustice

Tina and Dennis* lost their 33-year-old son Kris* to suicide in June. He had spent endless weeks alone in a mental health facility, unable to see his family due to NSW lockdowns. His mum had been his rock and confidant. One of five children, Kris knew he was loved, but he just wasn’t coping after ten years at sea on night shift. His body and mind were out of kilter.

Kris finally convinced his doctor that he was responding to new medications, and he pleaded to go home. His mum was concerned, but trusted the health advice and took her son home. He seemed subdued, but he was relieved to be in his own bed, cuddle his sister’s kids and play with the dog. The next day, he slipped away from the family and went to heaven. Like so many others, the family had a ten-person funeral. Our own family were only six kilometres away but were not allowed to go.

Soon after this, Premier Gladys Berejiklian stepped aside to be replaced by Dominic Perrottet. Hope appeared on the horizon. Perrottet spoke of not wanting a two-tiered system and promised an end to medical apartheid in NSW by the 1st of December. Kris’s bereaved family set about planning a wake, a celebration of his life. But then Perrottet cancelled that, too, by shifting the date to the 15th of December.

Hope deferred makes the heart sick. Break me more.

The New Australia?

This two-tiered justice system has many names. Some call it medical apartheid; others call out the coercion or the discrimination on medical, ethical, moral and religious grounds – simply for someone’s decision about their own body.

The hypocrisy is that even many government officials and elected politicians don’t need to suffer under the unjust vaccine mandates.

As for us, we’ve lost friendships of over four decades. We have stood firm on the principle of letting people make their own choices, as we have. But this has been met with disrespect and mocking. We have shed tears. Our only crime is that we have done more than listen to the squawks of the corporate press.

One of our sons frets how we have changed. “Stop letting this affect you. Get a life. You worry too much.” He has no children and doesn’t want any. He doesn’t understand us.

My doctor respects our position, but he worries that the powers that be will keep making life harder for us if we stand by our decision.

My husband’s mates, who played golf with him for 15 years, deserted him the moment Berejiklian began creating this parallel universe with her speeches and policies.

So, while friends celebrate lunch together or have a barbeque and a beer at the pub, we sit at home. We paint, write songs, or have a hit of golf with some friends. We love our family and the friends we have all the more. Thank God.

Take a Look From the Other Side

Have I described isolated incidents taking place in Australia? No. These are everyday stories that many suffer. The pain continues to mount for many. People are being turned away from their GP’s, dentists, churches, even the Salvos!

If you think that all of this is okay – all for the betterment of Australia – consider that it’s only better for some. You are living in a parallel universe, even if you can only see your side of it.

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* Name changed for anonymity.

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  1. Lyn Grindley 25 November 2021 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    What you have written Leonie is very sobering. Much repentance needed over what has been done to our nation.
    Keep bringing that sacrifice of praise until we see breakthrough.

    • Leonie Robson 25 November 2021 at 7:08 pm - Reply

      Thanks Lyn. Heartbreaking stories everyday. The Great Divide isn’t just a mountain range. I pray, like you that we are constantly reminded that compassion is one of the greatest blessing we can offer another person. Xx

  2. Richard Convery 26 November 2021 at 7:36 am - Reply

    There will be that those who are ‘informed’ and attempt to reduce the depth of these sentiments with a dismissive hand. Have we become little more than a nation of mockers and scoffers? That being so, we have fallen far.
    Well said, Leonie. Keep on standing and never succumb to the pressures that fight against truth. Many of life’s greatest treasures demand the deepest digging.

    • Leonie Robson 26 November 2021 at 11:46 am - Reply

      Thanks mate. We stand. We must. We move forward with Him and each other. We must. We overcome by the Blood of the Lamb and the Word of our testimony. We know the rest. He who endures to the end shall be saved. Those words have always stuck with me. HE is all. Xx love you. Leonie and Ivan.

  3. Louise Dudley 26 November 2021 at 11:07 am - Reply

    Thank you Leonie this article hits at the core of where we are and what society has become in Australia at present. “We are one” what a joke! Our war dead would be rolling over in their graves to see what we Australia has become.
    I have respected people’s choice in getting vaccinated yet friends of many years will not respect mine and have chosen not to associate with me, again their choice very sad but maybe they weren’t the friends I believed they were.
    The Government the Media and the so called Health experts have created so much fear and have not been totally honest in their reporting of the pandemic. They have coerced people into getting vaccinated by telling them they cannot keep their jobs, they cannot travel to see loved ones, they imposed restrictions that were beyond belief and with compassion at all.
    This is the great and wonderful country that we have become what a joke!.
    I have known you virtually all my life and both yourself and Ivan are two of the most loving caring community minded people and I feel privileged to know that we are true friends.
    God Bless you both and I hope we can spread your article further as we as a society need to hear this. ????

    • Leonie Robson 26 November 2021 at 11:42 am - Reply

      Thanks dearest friend. Your words of love blessed Ivan and I completely. My, we’ve lived some stuff, but when we look at today I’m glad we got here together. Love is all. Xxx

  4. Krys 26 November 2021 at 11:21 am - Reply

    True Words & Well spoken Leoni!!
    So sad to see how our beautiful country has become so divided.. let’s keep praying for changes for Australia
    Great Southland of the Holy Spirit!!!!!

    • Leonie Robson 26 November 2021 at 11:47 am - Reply

      Nothing else will do! This land is His. Do blessed to have you and Steve in our lives.xx

  5. Warwick Marsh 26 November 2021 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    Very personal and powerful article. Great work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Congratulations Leonie!

    • Leonie Robson 27 November 2021 at 2:35 pm - Reply

      Big thankyou mate. You’re a bunch of inspiring people. Love being a part of Canberra Declaration. Bless you guys.

  6. Dr Phillip Chalmers 27 November 2021 at 10:14 am - Reply

    What heroes you will be when the Chinese invade, or the jihad starts here or when the neo-marxists get control of the government and culture!

    We are barred from returning to the garden of Eden, we are expected to march through the valley of the shadow of death on the journey to the promised land which is NOT Australia, but Heaven

  7. Kaylene Emery 12 December 2021 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    Such a beautiful article Leonie thank you for writing it so that I could locate n read (with the help of His spirit ). It reminds emotionally of what I know intellectually. The people of God are suffering under this regime – not just me. It reminds me that though I feel alone I am not alone because I am one of His, chosen people even though ” late have I learned to love you “.
    Yours in Christ.

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