The noisy, very bright bus-shelter digital adverts plaster the same message over and over again: ’We salute the NHS / lorry drivin’ / potato pickin’ / ambulance drivin’ / loo-roll deliverin’ / etc., etc, etc. “heroes”.
But this sceptic sits back ,and asks himself, ‘Just what makes a hero out of a person who is just doing the exact same task / job / position that he, or she (As we all are forced to add in these discriminatory days) was doing last month, or indeed last year. Is a man a hero because he continues to do a job which hasn’t been closed down by Government edict? I would rightly state my admiration for the professionals who treat, at great personal risk to themselves, the unfortunates who lie, gasping for breath, within the I.C.U. beds and wards, stricken by the CHINESE VIRUS; but heroes? Nope, they knew the risks implicit when they commenced studying for a medical or nursing degree, because those very risks are written down in medical textbooks. If the requisite Protection Equipment is not available, or not up to standard, they have a choice whether to go forwards or not. The very fact that some allegedly choose to go forwards makes them foolhardy, and certainly not heroic
When a British soldier set out on a death-strewn patrol through a grungy back street in Belfast, or on a ‘guidance’ mode in Afghanistan, or a similar model in Mali, he along with the rest of the patrol; are in acceptance of ‘Military orders’. These aren’t something which you can dismiss with a ‘Can’t be bothered today; Mate’! If you do not obey military orders you can either submit yourself to immediate justice before your Officer Commanding; or accept to be subject before a court martial, in the worst possible case, and sentenced to long terms of imprisonment. These men, and by and large they are ‘Men’, are not heroes, they knew that their task would involve danger sometimes
But, in civilian life, heroic actions, where a man or woman places themselves in peril, are, in strict reality, very, very rare. Those who are termed ‘heroes’ are, in reality; nothing approaching the true definition of a hero. Usually, almost always, heroic acts are confined to either the battlefield, or to the defeat of terrorist acts.
Within the same theme, how do readers feel about the ‘Thursday Happy Clappers’? My sentiments? I listened, inattentively, to the calls broadcast for a National Clap, and I did disregard them, because, being of a logical frame of mind, I simply asked myself the question: Why?
What good would a few million clowns all clapping and hollering at the same time do, apart from ‘making themselves feel good?
As the day wore on, I read ever more calls for all to ‘Salute’ our wondrous NHS: and still asked that very same question: Why?
Needless to state, I do not take part in this now weekly mindless outpouring of ‘Love’ for what is, in effect, the workers inside the largest State employer in, certainly, the whole of Europe. And, I might add, the most inefficient, backward, dictatorial and secretive outfit into the bargain. Secretive?, you may ask. Just add up all the NDA (Non-disclosure Arrangements) sums of Taxpayers cash forced upon the multitude of whistleblowers under peril of losing their jobs, reputations and very livelihoods, to discover just how the NHS protects their shabby reputation.