I thought long and hard about whether to do this post today. Isn't this the season to be jolly after all? Yet some things are important. The interview is lengthy, sometimes harrowing, anger provoking but incredibly inspiring. Every year this surgeon uses his leave and takes substantial risks with his life to volunteer in war zones including Syria. His courageous actions bolstered up the stuff that's been recently running through my own head. I like to see the good in everyone but I'm afraid there's a minority of people out there who're responsible for a whole bunch of evil. Life isn't all about me and just nurturing my own wants and needs. Perhaps I ought to be using more of my own time, energy, money and sense of outrage to speaking out and actively fighting the bad guys who torture, maim and kill the defenceless or more insidiously exercise power and control that blights the lives of others?
Because of the seriousness of the nature of injuries inflicted by barrel bombs in Syria, there is often little that medical staff can do that is effective. Currently 80% of those operated on do not survive. Perhaps their work can be validated if others use their example of selflessness as inspiration for how to lead their own lives.