The Plasticization of a Nation

All of us succumb to instant gratification. Some of us have
experienced times of feast or famine. Malian politicians who attempt
to win votes from villagers by giving them motorcycles would be
considered corrupt by Western standards. But is a Malian, living in a
village in the Sahel, facing another poor harvest after another
draught, accepting a free gift of transport, pleasure, and social
status, while forgetting the future for a moment any different than a
college student having a few (too many) beers to blow off steam during
exams? Stress (driven by fear) diminishes foresight. Maybe, an
unexpected consequence of bribing Malian voters could be to ease their
stress levels long enough for them to plan a bit for the future?


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