Book of Toby Ord
I received a nice gift not related, but very near to my birthday. Statistically, I have achieved my half-life. A book about risk: I love to read and consider the risk an interesting domain, enough to study about on Coursera. Leiden University has a class there. Thank you “Designing Cities For All Of Us,” Pakhuis De Zwijger, and Dark Matter Labs.
This book is the second one telling me that I will perish at any other past time, even because of the necessity to obey the social rules or from my past life expectancy. The first book was the History of Cannibalism.
I am scared by any risk, no matter the amplitude. Maybe I can characterize them as more or less influential. For example, the risk provoked by the superstition to not cross under a ladder is manifesting daily until that one who determines me to change all my life, presented once already. But the first one is changing only my walking side, and the second could be my biggest luck or foolish decision to slay me. And how Toby Ord mentioned “is regrettable the experience lost in the future.”
When I am happy on my bicycle, I listen to music and achieve the most significant risk of accidents. But I can't say that happiness is killing me. At the same time, I see different forms of risk mitigation in two young girls preparing a picnic with their cat, or a couple kissing in a disappeared world for them, the elders doing daily shopping with their trolley, kindergarten full of children playing childish games, a young woman with a walking disability touching the grass from the wheelchair or a young man carrying his little brother.
Because all of them are keeping us together, and according to the book, this is what saved us:
Our potential is a matter of what humanity can achieve through the combined action of every human says Toby Ord.
To allow the risk to prevail, we need no plans, no procedures, no safety protocols. Also, the bad guys always have the perfect story and good strategy plan.
This is scaring me maximum.