posted on Jul, 22 2016 @ 01:48 PM
I have a suspicion that creating a map of "safe places" would be self-defeating, because it would undermine their status as safe places. Just as
recommending a vacation centre as "quiet and unfrequented" probably means that most of the nation will go down there next weekend.
A decade or two back, I saw an American on British television, using a map to demonstrate how most regions of the United States were insecure in one
way or another. Earthquakes in one region, tornadoes in another. I forget all the details, but the conclusion he offered was that the only really safe
area in the country was Idaho. He had eliminated all the others.
Not long after that, I was reading a news story about a siege taking place in America, an armed standoff between the police and the occupants of some
remote dwelling-place. This was happening in Idaho.
I've always had the suspicion that this was not a coincidence. How many of the more unbalanced people in America had been making the same calculation,
homing in on Idaho as a guaranteed safe place, and thus turning it into a dangerous one?
There is an anecdotal story from the 80's about a man who was anxious not to get caught up in a possible World War 3. He reasoned to himself that most
of the impact of this war would fall on the northern hemisphere. So in order to find a safer place he would need to shift himself to the southern
hemisphere. Preferably some remote island. He duly carried out this project, and that's how he found himself in the Falklands just in time to meet the
One final story I read somewhere, which may be from the Arabian Nights. A man was wandering through the market in Damascus one morning, when he nearly
came face to face with Death. He noticed that Death himself had a startled expression on his face. The man was so frightened by this narrow escape
that he decided to get away and rode as fast as he could towards Aleppo. Almost as soon as he got there, Death came to meet him and picked him up.
As he did so, Death observed "You may have noticed that I was very surprised to see you in Damascus market this morning. That was because I knew we
had an appointment to meet here in Aleppo this evening".