Je suis Charlie, three little words.
Overnight it’s become the world’s rally against terrorism of any kind, anywhere. An uplifting tribute to ordinary French people – and a defiant rejection of brutality, intolerance and violence.
If those big deals Blair and Bush had dared to show half such courage after 9/11, we would not face the senseless conflict that we do today.
Thank you France, if only we can be as strong as you.
Because threats by fanatics are not the only terrorism we face.
Just as evil as the atrocities in Paris is the daily slaughter of innocent people overpowered by Ebola – and the invisible conflicts that each of us face at every moment against viruses and bacteria.
In Paris, ordinary people just like us were cut down in a hail of bullets.
But spare a thought for those in hospital, often in pain and anguish, slowly succumbing to disease or infection that nobody wanted or provoked.
It might not look like it, but the world is a dangerous place.
Thanks to the stupidities of former leaders – who wilfully exploded the world into the dissension it faces today – a terrorist’s bullet could hit any one of us, at any minute.
But through our own lack of watchfulness, a germ could strike us down dead just as effectively.
All it takes is a lapse in hygiene habits, not washing hands or carelessness with food – and we are in trouble.
And germs are not like fanatics. They are everywhere, all the time – billions and billions of them surrounding every one of us.
The slightest little mistake or accident – even a paper cut – is all they need to invade our bodies and take us down.
And no, doctors and medicine can’t always fix it.
Because, horror of horrors, antibiotics don’t always work any more. Fifty years of relying on them for everything have given germs the chance to develop resistance.
You might go into hospital for a hernia operation, only to die from MRSA – methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus – one of the most deadly hospital acquired infections.
Of course, yes, it should never happen, you should always be safe in medical care.
But operations make people vulnerable – so many defenceless bodies, all in one place – all with cuts and wounds for germs to get in and do their dirty work. So you could be more at risk in hospital than anywhere else.
It shouldn’t happen, but it does – and what can the poor medics do when the antibiotic applied to control infection comes up against a germ that ignores it?
It’s terrorism, plain and simple. And much more deadly.
Because when a terrorist pulls the trigger, there’s the possibility he can miss.
But germs don’t miss. Once they’re in, they’re in – and it’s up to your own body to fight them. And germs are very efficient at making you die. Plus there’s no secret intelligence service to warn you of their presence, no police or military to protect you.
It’s not all doom and gloom though.
There are more than six billion of us, and we WANT to survive.
Time to up our game
Which makes prevention way better than cure. If we don’t get sick, germs can’t touch us. (Tweet this)
Better to assume they’re always there. That we always need to take precautions.
Washing hands. Being careful of everything we come in contact with. Everything we eat. Everything we breathe.
And sterilising our surroundings, to make doubly sure. Every room we’re in, totally free of harmful pathogens. Nothing in the air. Nothing on any surface. Nothing lurking in cracks or crevices.
Je suis Charlie. We have a lot to thank those wonderful French people for.
Their solidarity and courage is a vivid reminder that we must always be watchful.
A terrorist can strike at any moment. So can a virus or bacteria.
Originally posted on 13 August 2018 @ 11:28 am