A COVID Letter from Aotearoa


Dr. Emanuel E. Garcia – TRANSCEND Media Service

13 Dec 2021 – It has been approximately two years since the virus that changed our world so suddenly and completely made its appearance in a far-away place in China.  We were told that it jumped from a bat — cooked or uncooked, I couldn’t say – and we were soon thereafter shown pictures of soldiers hosing down the streets of Wuhan with disinfectant chemicals, and locking people up in their apartments.

We have been made to believe that this pathogen was so deadly that billions of people needed to be locked away for long periods of time around the world, prevented from travel, pleasure and association.  We were and have been daily assailed by numbers – the numbers of those ‘testing positive’ for COVID, the number of those dying from – or with? – COVID, day after day, over and over and over. Numbers, numbers, numbers, however dubious, numbers that kept marching on thanks to the mouthpieces of our ‘trusted’ Media.

Medical emergencies were declared worldwide but, strangely enough, these medical emergencies did NOT instigate a magnificent and powerful joining of forces to find a cure for this terrible infection, they did not result in concerted  attempts to treat those who had fallen ill in order to prevent hospitalisation and death – no. In fact, governments around the world, including ours here in New Zealand, have actively worked against attempts by physicians to do what they were trained to do and what they swore oaths to do.  Instead, world governments flexed their muscles to create unparalleled fear, to restrict, curtail and impinge upon human liberties and autonomy, to prevent us from associating freely with each other, and to convince us that the ONLY WAY to return to a normal which would never again be normal was to accept inoculations which they call vaccines but which neither prevent transmission nor infection of the virus they are supposed to be protecting us against.

At the same time the specific ingredients of these so-called vaccines are shrouded in secrecy, as are the business agreements made between the jab-makers and the governments who roll the jabs out and push relentlessly for nearly EVERYBODY to be jabbed, regardless of risk or age.  Here in New Zealand, as in many other places around the world, the jab is now being urged for our youth, those least likely to be adversely affected by COVID, despite the fact that NO long-term studies of safety and efficacy have been conducted – they can’t have been conducted because such studies take time, the time of many years.  Furthermore, as a result of our government’s recent dictate to mandate the jab for ‘frontline workers’,  teachers, midwives, nurses and doctors and many other health practitioners who, despite their commitment, dedication, experience and expertise in their roles, have lost their valuable jobs.  In essence they made us an offer we couldn’t refuse, but guess what:  many of us have refused, notwithstanding the consequences of losing our livelihoods, our careers, our incomes and the pleasures we had in serving the public.  And many many others were simply coerced under duress to do something they knew in their hearts and souls they never wanted to do, under pain of economic devastation.

And what do we have now in our beloved Aotearoa?  A never ending atmosphere of fear, the never ending threat that the liberties not yet impinged upon by our government can at any moment be extirpated.  We are told to wear masks, we are told to keep our distance from each other, we are made to feel that we human beings are dangerous to one another.  We are now, sorrowfully enough, told that those who have exercised their right NOT to take into their sacred bodies a biological agent they have grave doubts about are somehow ‘unclean’ and should be discriminated against, should be segregated, and according to some of those in government, should actually be punished for daring to believe that they have a right to refuse a medical intervention – a right that has been specified in the Nuremberg Code and in the New Zealand Bill of Rights.  The unjabbed cannot now go to a movie or a play or a hairdresser or a rugby match or a restaurant or a cafe – all ostensibly in the service of ‘health’.

When has a healthy person ever been considered a danger before? What do those who are already jabbed have to fear from those who are not?  Does any of this make any rational sense?

I ask you, is this the society we all wish to live in, is this the kind of life we wish to have for ourselves – a life controlled by governmental authority that has had the moronic audacity to declare itself a ‘single source of truth’, a life that will be governed by fear, anxiety, loss of liberty, freedom and essential human pleasure,  a life where any debate about any aspects of health is ruthlessly suppressed?

Doctors who have questioned the rationale of COVID policies, who have questioned the wisdom of locking people down, who have questioned the safety of the inoculations, who have dared to promote natural immunity, who have begged for early treatments which are available and effective, who have suffered to learn of and have called attention to the many adverse effects and deaths reported in those who have been inoculated – these doctors are under ‘investigation’ by their Councils and have had licences suspended.

I am one such doctor. Thankfully I have taken steps to dissociate myself completely from the medical establishment, after having served for nearly sixteen years in the public health sector as a psychiatrist here in New Zealand and in the fifteen years before I emigrated to Aotearoa, as a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in the United States of America.

However, despite all of the gathered and vicious opposition, there are many people who have worked heroically to encourage prevention, to establish early treatment protocols, to analyse the consequences of coercive measures, and to look with real science at the virus and the hastily developed ‘vaccines’.  There are many people who celebrate their humanity by refusing to be duped by the dance of absurdities – mask at the counter, mask off at the table, mask outdoors while riding a bike, one meter, two meters, one and a half meters, mask under the nose is okay, a healthy person is really sick or potentially sick, vaccines really don’t have to prevent you from getting the bug, natural immunity won’t work – and on and on and on.  It’s really ALL in the absurdities, isn’t it, because once they can get us to believe their patent absurdities, they can get us to do anything – like participating in apartheid under the guise of ‘health and safety’.

In the true spirit of science and human morality we should be asking questions, questions about everything.  And the question above all we must ask ourselves is whether we value life and liberty over fear, control, segregation and slavery.


Dr. Emanuel E. Garcia is a Philadelphia-born writer, theatrical director, physician (retired psychiatrist), and a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development Environment. He resides in New Zealand since 2006 and his political essays and poetry have appeared widely on various websites and publications including TMS. His most recent novel is the comic tale of accountants, artists and astrophysicists in New York entitled Manhattan Stardust. Website: www.emanuelegarcia.com. Email: emanuelegarcia@gmail.com.

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4 Responses to “A COVID Letter from Aotearoa”

  1. Juanita McKenzie says:

    A truly wonderful concise clear letter articulating beautifully and precisely the abhorrent and farcical times we are living through. Thank you Dr Garcia for all you have done and continue to do in this battle to bring sanity to our world. I can think of no one more well equipped to analyse the nature of the psychosis that has overwhelmed humanity at this time. With the courage of your actions for the moral stand you have taken you are indeed one of the “Soldiers for Freedom”of our time. W

  2. René de Monchy says:

    Dear Manny,
    Thank you for this beautifully written and succinct letter that encapsulates the situation we are concurrently living in.
    As Colleagues both in the medical field of psychiatry and in our endeavors to speak out we are standing shoulder to shoulder.
    Thank you,

  3. I am supremely blessing knowing Manny in this life. A soul of great heart and wisdom, Manny is a profound inspiration for the witness/archive of Pandemic Parallax View (https://ratical.org/PPV) — started in April 2020 when Manny was a member of the PPV list of correspondents (https://ratical.org/PandemicParallaxView/PPV-DailySummaryList.html) — for the opening scenes of this unique rite-of-passage for humanity.

    We find ourselves living in a time described by the meaning of the word from the Hopi language, ko.yaa.nis.qatsi: noun 1. crazy life. 2. life in turmoil. 3. life out of balance. 4. life disintegrating. 5. a state of life that calls for another way of living.

    Truly our single, fragile, supremely precious human family is being called to answer the question: “[Do] we value life and liberty over fear, control, segregation and slavery”?

    Gratitude for all souls who see what is occurring as Manny does. What an extra ordinary moment to be alive at this moment in our species’ evolution!

  4. Dennis Couzin (resubmitting kinder) says:

    Emanuel Garcia feels compelled to write ‘vaccine’ in scare quotes. Half of the covid vaccines administered worldwide are of the inactivated virus kind known for more than a century. The others are of more modern kinds, but they are vaccines. Vaccines, unlike infections, have never produced problems more than 6 months after administration. Instead of thanking people braver than him who volunteered for vaccine trials a year ago, so he can now safely take them, he distrusts the trials.

    Garcia complains about epidemic restrictions in New Zealand! New Zealand is the envy of the world for having 1/200 the rate of covid deaths of freedom-loving UK and USA, or 1/20 the rate of Social-Democratic Norway (with Europe’s lowest rate).

    It is difficult to manage a society so as to optimally minimize the harm of an epidemic. First off, it is difficult to weigh the many factors of harm — social, educational, cultural, economic, etc. Secondly it is practically impossible to control the petty aspects of behavior — how loud you talk; how tightly you pinch the mask to your nose; etc. — which significantly affect the transmission. Thirdly laws and rules and attitudes are slower developing processes than the virus causing covid-19 allows. Garcia can say today that vaccines don’t prevent transmission, but they did, decently, through July’s Delta, and then, partially for several months, and they only failed with November’s Omicron. Have pity for intelligent, conscientious authorities, such as in New Zealand, who must strategize in such an epidemic.