In his days as an action hero on the movie screen, Arnold Schwarzenegger wasn’t known for his fine words of wisdom but older age has refined the star’s vocabulary and he’s become one of the sagest voices on the planet during the pandemic.
Right from the start of the Covid-19 outbreak, the 74-year-old has been encouraging others to follow the rules and stop the spread of the deadly disease. To his credit, Schwarzenegger has carried on this advice on the topic of vaccines and done so in a way that should immediately discredit any anti-vaxxers’ or conspiracy theorists’ attempt to stop others from protecting themselves.
In a post originally shared on Facebook by Schwarzenegger in January, the ex-body builder explained why we should all listen to experts, especially on something so important as a viral disease, and provided his fans with some of his own personal experiences on why that is so vital.
He wrote: “I always say you should know your strengths and listen to the experts. If you want to learn about building biceps, listen to me, because I’ve spent my life studying how to get the perfect peak and I have been called the greatest bodybuilder of all time. We all have different specialities.
“Dr. Fauci and all of the virologists and epidemiologists and doctors have studied diseases and vaccines for their entire lives, so I listen to them and I urge you to do the same. None of us are going to learn more than them by watching a few hours of videos. It’s simple: if your house in on fire, you don’t go on YouTube, you call the damn fire department. If you have a heart attack, you don’t check your Facebook group, you call an ambulance. If 9 doctors tell you you have cancer and need to treat it or you will die, and 1 doctor says the cancer will disappear, you should always side with the 9. In this case, virtually all of the real experts around the world are telling us the vaccine is safe and some people on Facebook are saying it isn’t.
“In general, I think if the circle of people you trust gets smaller and smaller and you find yourself more and more isolated, it should be a warning sign that you’re going down a rabbit hole of misinformation. Some people say it is weak to listen to experts. That’s bogus. It takes strength to admit you don’t know everything. Weakness is thinking you don’t need expert advice and only listening to sources that confirm what you want to believe.”
Schwarzenegger’s post has since resurfaced on Twitter, with many praising the former governor of California for such an astute and considered observation on a topic that is very prevalent right now.
'If your house is on fire, you don't go on YouTube, you call the damn fire department.' Some excellent advice from… https://t.co/0y9xtpt3cQ
So there you go – Arnold Schwarzenegger proves to be the most sensible voice in the room when it comes to vaccines. To paraphrase one of his most famous movie quotes: “Listen to Arnold if you want to live...”