Conscientious Motorist Severely Beaten


In his book The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?, Jared Diamond tells us that when you accidentally hit a pedestrian while driving in Papua New Guinea, you’re advised to refrain from stopping and instead drive directly to the police station to report the accident and seek safety. That’s because angry mobs could beat you or kill you.

Sound surprising? That’s the unfortunate state of affairs in many developing societies.

So here’s a shock: it happens in the United States as well. Today, a motorist in Detroit struck an 11-year-old boy, got out of his truck to come to his aid, and was severely beaten by angry onlookers. The motorist remains in critical condition.

It’s a sad state of affairs not only for the victims mentioned above, but for the country as a whole as it assumes aspects of developing societies. Another such manifestation is here.

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