Your point is valid. It still causes harm.
Nowadays, we tend to take strong positions. And people are often seeking to point out who is RIGHT and who is WRONG, or who is causing more harm.
But, consider this: an individual or a group can have valid points and still be causing harm to themselves and/or others.
This is part of the duality of our existence.
We often look at people’s perspectives and either try to validate or invalidate them, via logic. But there are points within many positions that might be logically or logistically valid—or perhaps not assessable or provable. Even so, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t harm being done within those perspectives.
One challenge is that people don’t define harm in a universal way. Some define it through the lens of trauma or public health and others through the environment or economics, etc.
Additionally, some people are not even assessing their choices through a harm lens.
So where does that leave us?
Frankly, it leaves us vulnerable. But this is not new. We have always been these interdependent beings that try to pretend that we are fully autonomous, because that can make us feel safer or in control.
The best we can do, I suppose, is make personal choices that align with our self, knowing that others, inevitably, will do the same.
And we can simply respond and react accordingly, to situations, in relationship to other individuals making their choices. And there will be emotional triggers. And there will likely be harm done. Not everyone will make the right choice in the eyes of someone else. And there is a lot of what some might call karmic entanglement, as a result.
The reality, as I see it, is this dynamic I’m discussing is really not much different than it has previously been. This dynamic is always playing out. This time period is simply reflecting it, and amplifying it, in a very clear and obvious way.