This latest scare about swine ‘flu reminds me of what I read somewhere (I think it was FDR who said it). “There is nothing to fear but fear itself.” Some of the tabloids have gone crazy, with their headlines projecting 750,000 deaths, inflatable crematoria 🙂  I have just read that the WHO  latest report that  confirmed deaths from swine ‘flu are 7, not 152 as previously reported! Oh well, easy mistake isn’t it?

All my life we seem to have been subjected to one scare or another. In the 1950s it was the cold war and many folk built fall out shelters (always anticipating that they would be near enough to reach them with a “four minute” warning.)

Since then we have had health scares, dire warning from politicians of the consequences of voting for the other party, carcinogenic substances in everyday articles, immigrants, the IRA, the Chinese, the Koreans, the Iranians. The list is endless, is there any wonder that so many people claim to be suffering from stress?

I wonder if newspapers would sell if they hyped good things. How about coverage for those who work with disadvantaged people, the young carers who look after parents and siblings, those who rise above poor beginnings to make a success of their lives, not just once a year at an awards ceremony, but on an equal basis to that given to wrongdoers?

Wouldn’t we all be happier if showed a bit of optimism sometimes? Yes it would be dire if the epidemic came, but it won’t affect us any less severely by worrying about it beforehand. My mother was a bit like that with the bombing in the war. Her attitude was that if there was one with her name on it would find her anyway!

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