The Dead Run Toward

The Kakistocracy

I can’t recall the book now, maybe it was Black Hawk Down, but I remember years ago pausing to consider one of the more fascinating observations I had ever read. The well-traveled author said that Africans (or at least those native to the story) were the only people on Earth who ran toward gunfire rather than away from it. I gave that idea quite a bit of thought, and subsequently theorized that the average speed and direction of bystander flight to/from gunfire was an accurate and egregiously underutilized metric to predict larger societal outcomes.

For instance, societies that sprint toward gunfire would tend to exhibit extremely high time preference to the point of valuing immediate street entertainment over the more distant considerations of life without intestines or a jawbone. Societies that sprint away would be conversely more inclined to delay gratification and invest in the future–like tomorrow morning. The latter…

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Author: Alfred E. Neuman

70 year old geek, ultra-conservative patriot.