They fear non-existent threats and bogeymen, such as media-hyped virus outbreaks, encroaching Islamification, and terrorism, and are more likely to be swept up in moral panics and victimise socially vulnerable scapegoats.
Only in the worlds of fiction and fantasy are we ever likely to encounter truly ‘good guys’ and truly ‘bad guys.’ Real life is much more complicated than we can ever hope to imagine.
Travelling by land and sea to what was in 1915 the trench system of the Western Front, I will be travelling in the very footsteps of the hundreds of thousands of young Irishmen who fought in the British Army during the so-called Great War.
As this is a research trip on behalf of the Irish government into the Irish soldiers’ graves from the First World War I expect to be waved off by a tearful young lady holding a white handkerchief. My parting words will be something suitable, like, “It’ll all be over by Christmas.”