First of all if this is more appropriate to the politics section please feel free to move.
Anyway, I got asked yesterday by @Tampa Turtle how my scouts had reacted to Monday’s terrorist attack in Manchester and what I would say to them. Fact is as we meet on a Thursday I haven’t seen them to know. What I plan on saying, should they want to talk about it this evening, is this.
Monday night’s events were tragic, evil and horrifying. I am not going to pretend to understand what goes on in the head of the people that do these things. I fear that unless you are a professional in the field, a psychologist, a sociologist or whatever then that way lies madness. What I do know though is that these events are very rare.
It’s easy to see the 24 hour rolling news coverage on tv and the internet, the endless pages printed in the hard copy press, and think that these attacks are happening all the time. That everywhere we go there is someone trying to do us harm. In fact nothing could be further from the truth. These events are vanishingly rare, it is the endless news coverage that makes us think that they are common. The vast majority of days there are no attacks. The vast majority of places will never see an attack. The vast majority of us will never be anywhere near one. There are fewer terrorist deaths every year now then there were in the 1980s when I was a kid and the IRA were at it.
The fact is that unless you are into something seriously dangerous like cave diving, unless you work somewhere very dangerous like the flight deck of an aircraft carrier, unless you do something utterly stupid like have a crack habit, the most dangerous thing any of us will do today is cross the street, cycle to school or drive to work, something that kills about 5 people a day in this country.
Let’s mourn the dead, let’s catch and lock up the people who did this. But don’t forget to live your life. Don’t live in pointless fear. It’s a beautiful day out there* today. Go and enjoy it.
And look both ways before you cross the street!
*After what has been a pretty chilly spring so far the sun has come out this side of the pond this week. Wall to wall sunshine, day after day. This is the UK so it will be heaving it down with rain next week so we're all making the most of it