Trying to keep up with who and what to fear and hate can be a bit gruelling. Is it Russians this week we should be cowering from, or perhaps fourth wave feminists or is it the turn of teenagers yet again?
|Be afraid! Scary feminists are after you!|
A possible solution to this tiring business is to find one thing that we can all agree is the enemy of everybody. That way we can all have one daily dose of panic and terror that doesn’t involve using up so much energy reading papers, surfing the internet or listening to the latest gossip in the gym, pub or local mother and toddler group. We get our quick shot of fear and then get on with studying, working, raising babies, scratching our arse and / or smelling the daffodils.
Fortunately there is one thing that may indeed fit the role of evil and malign terror, and that is BACTERIA… If recent reports are anything to go by it seems that anti-biotic resistant BACTERIA may be about to wipe us all out (even Russian feminist teenagers). If recent media speculation is anything to go by our extinction may happen as soon as next year, next month or even next Thursday.
The danger we are facing is that antibiotics are becoming less effective at killing bacteria, or rather bacteria are becoming more stubborn in their desire not to be wiped out. A World Health Organisation report spells out the very real dangers in the treatment in many illness including Gonorrhoea and Tuberculosis. More worryingly the introduction to the report considers that ‘a post-antibiotic era – in which common infections and minor injuries can kill – far from being an apocalyptic fantasy, is instead a very real possibility for the 21st Century.’