<< To my American friends, for whom this may seem terrible but not unprecedented, I give statistics. With these, I encourage them to understand how small we are. I say: 48 was the total number of homicides in New Zealand in 2017. In one day, we have experienced a year of murders.
Or: only 90 people here, on average, die per day, of any cause. Or: per capita, this is the equivalent of 2600 Americans dying in one terrorist incident. >>
@natecull I know little about New Zealand in cultural terms but the narratives most nations have about themselves are arbitrary & baseless when taken on their own terms, and absurd when compared with those of others... Right now, with so many trends being global, it's hard to see how any one country which does not have a repressive & closed top-down system could be wholly immune to trends ignored or indulged by elites the world over for decades. That we have *all* got here is tragic.
@krozruch Many of us still think we're in the New Zealand of 1983, when we were an isolated, somewhat self-sufficient enclave.
Even in the 2008 banking crisis, we weren't quite caught (rather we got hit by the reverse: house prices soared rather than crashing, and that's also destroying lives).
But now... we're starting to realise that hate is like melting icecaps. When the sea rises, even distance across an ocean doesn't mean anything.
@krozruch We've got Uber and Lime scooters in our streets run by faceless algorithms. And now we have stochastic terrorism shooters too, their hate and fear also amplified by faceless algorithms.
maybe even the same algorithms.
@natecull The next few years will see a real push back against all of this.. I'm just not sure yet that it will not be clumsy. It's still forming.
@natecull That makes sense. A parallel could perhaps be Ireland (?) which, though English-speaking (few speak Irish exclusively or as a first language), and though it had links to Britain and America both, was seperated from many of the more voluminous flows of culture and had a strong domestic culture.
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