Four or five policemen tackle an Aussie smoker, quite likely injuring him in the process.
In other news…
Health workers should be given priority access to fuel in UK, says senior doctor
“Everyone will have their own reasons for needing to fill up but as pumps run dry there is a real risk that NHS staff won’t be able to do their jobs and provide vital services and care to people who urgently need it.
“While the government has said it is putting plans in place to alleviate the shortage of HGV drivers to transport fuel, the results of this won’t be immediate. Healthcare and essential workers must therefore be given priority access to fuel so they can continue their crucial work and guarantee care to patients.”
Health is now more important than anything else.
Health is more important than freedom or autonomy or democracy or self-government. It’s more important than friendship , conviviality, laughter, and song.
It’s unsurprising that senior doctors regard health as paramount: it’s their job. But must the rest of us share their opinion?
A soldier in an army places his health at risk. He may be shot and killed. Should he value his own health above that of his country’s liberty? That many men have nevertheless gone to war shows that there was something that they valued more than life or health. Was that a mistake?
When Winston Churchill said “We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender”, wasn’t he giving bad medical advice? Shouldn’t he have said that “we will quickly surrender, to save our lives and protect our health”?
Perhaps it is that public health attains its supremacy when other values have been abandoned, and all that remains is just the desire to stay alive.
We are always placing our lives at risk. We do it when we drive cars or fly in planes or go swimming. Even making a cup of tea or reading a book has health risks attached. Simply being alive means being in danger of death. If we were in no danger of death we would not be alive.
Could it be that the safer our lives become, the less alive we are? And life is lived most intensely when in the greatest danger of losing it? If we could live forever there would be no point in living.
Public health is slowly killing us all as it sets out to eliminate all risk from life. Public health is taking away the thrill of it all.
It does so by vastly exaggerating first the risks of smoking, and then those of climate change, and now of Covid-19.
Public health must be killed before we can recover our lives.