small cheese wrote:
Marvell wrote:There are many, many more people who - while they may not be out to kill you - simply don't care if they do it by accident.
After all, it sucks to be you.
WOW, that's a grim view...
You really think so?
I honestly don't; I think of any aspect of human behavior as a bell curve - the only real argument is over how long the tail is, and at which end.
There's some core number of serious sociopaths; maybe .005% of the population (if we're lucky). Even so, in a metropolitan area of 300,000 souls that works out to 1,500 people - enough that in any given week, given the law of averages, you are almost certain to interact with one of them.
I don't know if that's grim so much as just pragmatic. Everyone needs to get over this idea that the population they are surrounded by is somehow safe, just because it's familiar.
Hitchcock understood this. It's what drove him insane.