Getting a sense of perspective

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We live in a world where we have plenty to be worried about.

But of course the reality is that most of us don’t spend too long fretting about melting ice caps. This is largely due to our own lives being busy and the fact that society is far more selfish than it was say 50 or 60 years ago. Nowadays, in the age of instant gratification, we sweat the small stuff.

A prime example of this is parking. A perfect illustration of this came last week when paramedics attending an emergency call in Birmingham were stunned to find a note stuck to the windscreen of their ambulance, rebuking them for having the temerity to park over a driveway while attempting to save the life of someone living in a neighbouring property. The note, which read, “You may be saving lives, but don’t park your van in a stupid place and block my drive”, prompted outrage from the paramedics and thousands of people with whom it was shared with online. It has since been revealed that the patient at the centre of it all has since died, making this a story of our time.

We don’t know why the person who left the note on the ambulance was in such a hurry but surely they could have waited, especially when paramedics say they were only there for 30 minutes?

That somebody cannot wait half an hour while medics do arguably the most important job imaginable is the saddest indictment of 21st Century life but shouldn’t really come as a surprise to any of us who have ever had a confrontation about parking.

For many, parking outside your house is regarded as a basic human right.

I know many normally sensible people who tend to become unhinged should somebody park outside their home without prior agreement.

Of course, unless you live in a controlled zone, then you don’t really have a leg to stand on if somebody chooses to legally park their car, van or lorry on the road outside your house because we all pay our road tax.

Yes, the paramedics did park over a driveway, but they had little option and were in a hurry. This is a story which should make all of us realise there are far more important things to worry about.