I got upset the other day reading the Metro. They published the results of a poll to decide "hero of the year" and the readers voted in Richard Hammond. (http://www.metro.co.uk/news/article.html?in_article_id=28695&in_page_id=34
It really, really
pissed me off. This guy is a "hero" because he survived a high speed car crash? A crash that was his own bloody fault, mind you, a crash he caused by driving 300mph while filming a piece for Top Gear about how much fun driving at 300mph is. And this guy's a hero? What about the medical staff who pulled him back from the brink of death? What about the people whose organ transplant operations were put back to make space in the operating theatre for this selfish prick, who could have caused the deaths of many people by his irresponsible showing off? And, indeed, caused the death of countless others by influencing them to push their cars to higher and higher speeds, because it'll make them "real men."
What about the unknown, uncared for people who work day and night trying to help others and improve their lives? The teachers who refuse to give up on problem children, the single parents who struggle against the odds to support their family, the people who give up time and energy to help the elderly or the disabled, the doctors who work for free in poverty stricken areas, the scientists who strive to improve medicine, the campaigners who allow us to get
this medecine, to get a bit more respect and dignity in our lives, the people with strongly held beliefs who play their part to make the world just that little bit more bearable
are heroes. Not Richard fucking Hammond.
And then a few pages later it mentioned that the two richest people in the world own 40% of the wealth, and I burst into tears.