We do it without thinking; we put our lives in the hands of people we think we can trust because we believe that they are capable of doing the job they have been asked to perform.
Sometimes, as in the tragedy in the Alps with the Greenwings jet several years ago it is misplaced. I feel the same now about my forthcoming appointment at Southmead Hospital. I am not concerned the specialist may be an Egyptian Muslim, what worries me is that he graduated from Cairo University, one of the lowest ranked universities, only the establishments in the Balkan states get rated lower. I have had a war with my genetic for over two decades, so getting the news I have cancer won't phase me too much, but putting my health in the hands of a person whose country has a literacy rate of below 25% (14%) does cause grave concern to me.
I have seen several specialists over the last decade, but none have been English, and things are going from bad to worse in my opinion, as the latest is an Egyptian from Cairo University. Cairo Uni ranks 450th out of the top 500 in the world.
Four the last decade, I kept hoping against hope that one of my short stories would interest a publisher; the only ones I did get a reply from year scam sites who wanted me to pay for the publishing and do all the work.
The reality is I should have quit four years ago when Forgestriker how great Thou artstopped selling, but I hoped for a revival if I changed my genre; well, it did not come.
Now, I have no choice to make after another year with no sales for my e-books (my bookstore) I am forced to call it a day at the end of this month on April Fools Day as there is no greater fool than one who continues knowing he has no hope of success; in my case selling e-books on Draft2Digital.