Not to belittle the real life tragedy we have watched unfold over the last few months, but fire has also been on our screens in Coronation Street where much-loved character Sunita has died from injuries sustained in an arson attack on the Rovers Return. A female firefighter also died. And yes, it’s fiction, but fiction offer us a truth. and this truth is that there are evil people in this world.
I have just finished reading Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life. This amazingly ambitious novel includes a large section about World War Two and the ARPs who kept watch over the safety of civilians during raids and who valiantly helped the firefighters rescue victims of the Blitz, a constant barrage of incendiaries and bombs that fell on London and other British cities for much of the war.
Fiction, real life… this all leaves me with a feeling of sadness for lives lost due to violence and megalomania. And with a sense of awe and pride for the firefighters and servicemen and women who put their lives on the line for the rest of humanity.
And I do believe that good triumphs over evil. We must not stand by and watch others do bad things. We must stand up, speak out and do our bit. However small.