There are a couple of elements to this tragic story that I find curiously compelling, and I doubt anyone from the West can adequately explain it.
- That amidst such fervent primitivity, there resides nuclear weapons.
- That amidst such fervent primitivity, they had elected a woman to rule them; whereas, we enlightened ones are just considering it seriously for the first time ever.
I want to think that, either we’re already eventually screwed (the nukes), or we simply have not much of a very good clue or grasp of their experience and nature as human beings.
I’ll be dammed if I can make sense of it.
From time to time I entertain myself in the idle speculation that nearly everyone having nukes; i.e., the ability to unilaterally destroy the modern world (yes, I understand about delivery mechanisms — it’s a technical point) just might elevate us to a parity where each nation can just go about their own business. I readily admit it’s risky enough to be dismissed out of hand as either too silly or too uncertain.
In the larger sense, everyone ought to come to grips with the conditions under which they’d be willing to give up their lives. Consider this: what if it turns out that in the cosmos, the only planetary civilizations that make it past the nuclear threshold are those that take such a huge risk and it pays off? Out of trillions of potential civilizations, that would make for some millions or at least thousands of successful ones, and we’d never know it unless we took the shot. And even then, when and under what circumstances the shot is taken is material. There’s always an underlying random element.
Always a good idea to keep selection bias in mind — even if we’re talking speculation.