I rarely post simple blog posts but this graphic caught my attention. I’ve never quite understood the media obsession with terrorism or indeed some prominent political hype about it either and that despite living almost my entire life under the supposed shadow of terrorism.
There are so many more causes of death to worry about, most of which could be avoided if only as much money, resources, time and policies which were spent or I’d even say wasted on terrorism as on other causes or death.
Of course being against terrorism is a nice way to garner support and manipulate thinking but wouldn’t it be better if even the media, let alone governments, spent their time highlighting suicide or diabetes, let alone one of the big killers?
I don’t want armed police on the streets or cameras everywhere and I’m definitely not a millionth of a percent as scared about terrorism as I am about people I know dying from heart problems, cancer or respiratory disorders. As a sufferer of quite bad asthma, I don’t see any media hype about people dying of chest complaints except for the regular scare stories about the latest flu outbreaks. Over 80,000 people died last year in the UK alone from poor air quality and pollution, a total that short of a nuclear bomb going off, could never be equaled by terrorists and yet few care.
The chart below is from our NHS (National Health Service) and highlights the various the likelihood of dying from various causes of death. Whilst each country is different and some poorer nations might swap natural disasters for western diseases caused by obesity for example, it must be clear that what the media and governments say you should be concerned about is actually right at the bottom of the list. 99.9999999% of you reading this blog are going to die from almost any other cause rather than a lunatic terrorist.