I am more powerful than the combined armies of the world. I have destroyed more people than all the wars of all nations. I massacre thousands of people every year. I am more deadly than bullets. I steal billions of dollars each year. I spare no one, and I find victims among the rich and poor alike; the young and old, the strong and weak. Widows know me to their everlasting sorrow. I loom up in such proportions that I cast my shadow over every field of labor.
I lurk in unseen places and do most of my work silently. You are warned against me, yet you heed me not. I am relentless, merciless and cruel. I am everywhere – in the home, on the streets, in the factory, at railroad crossings, on land, in the air and on the sea.
I bring sickness, degradation and death, yet few seek me out to destroy me. I crush, I maim, I will give you nothing and may rob you of everything you have.
I am your worst enemy—
I am CARELESSNESS.