What is the most dangerous place in the world today? 2 on 1 # 9.

It is a measure of the times that we live in that it is the most difficult question to answer with one definite place. If I choose one, the chances are that within 24 hours there will be a mass shooting or a terrorist attack somewhere which will, for the media, become the most dangerous place on earth.

I thought hard about how to approach the problem and the solution appeared as though a miracle when I was on my back from a movie yesterday evening. I was almost run over by a car despite my having been standing on the pavement waiting for my car to come to pick me up. The vehicle lost control trying to avoid a two wheeler and mounted the pavement. The motorcyclist in turn was trying to avoid hitting a pedestrian suddenly darting across the road in front of him.

I decided then that the most dangerous place in the world today is simply our roads. I did some research and I was stunned to read that China and India are almost neck to neck in fatalities in sheer numbers but the entire world has more deaths arising out of traffic accidents than any other cause.  QED.

And lest I forget or my readers forget that there is a world outside of our roads and there is a place near where I live which is unique, here is a news item from a local newspaper there.

Shackman has suggested today’s topic for the weekly 2 on 1 blog fest. Please check what he has to say on the same topic.

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29 Responses to What is the most dangerous place in the world today? 2 on 1 # 9.

  1. nick says:

    An interesting thought that the most dangerous place in the world is anywhere with lots of busy roads. We tend to overlook the danger as we seldom actually see a serious accident and it’s something that “happens to other people”.

    It’s ironic that other British cities are probably now more dangerous than Belfast, which has become a very peaceful place after years of bloodshed.
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  2. Mike says:

    There are many very, very dangerous places in the world — the Syrian oil fields were just that for the Russian mercenaries that attacked US supported rebels recently; as is the Damascus neighborhood that is being bombarded by Syrian and Russian forces.

    Our traffic is quite tame and generally controlled compared to other places around the world, although a woman bystander waiting to cross the street was killed in a Little Rock, Arkansas collision last month.
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  3. shackman says:

    The world is a dangerous placve and nowhere is completely safe. For every day life I suspect y-ou are on to something thnough – there are way too many crazies on the road – any road.

  4. That reminds me of France, where we didn’t always feel safe on the sidewalks either. We never drove there.
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  5. This world is indeed a dangerous place, all it takes is for you to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Our government is for ever implementing gun control aimed at law abiding licenced gun owners, but of course this does not stop criminals from getting & using guns. Somehow I can’t see them implementing vehicle control can you?

    • Frankly no Keith. On the other hand, in India, there is strict control on the buying and selling and also possession of fire arms but they are easily available from underground sources. Neither is capable of being controlled by authority when vote bank politics is the deciding factor.

  6. Ursula says:

    Great take, Ramana.

    I’d say the most dangerous place in the world is life itself. From the moment of conception (if you were conceived at all) you are on a losing wicket.

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  7. Kaitlin says:

    I am glad you were not injured!

  8. tammy j says:

    one of those ‘close calls’ Rummy! you could have been killed while he was obviously trying to avoid killing himself or someone else. good grief.
    we have people here who do almost everything but drive. phone talking and texting and applying their make up in the rear view mirror… you just have to hope they will look up in time to avoid an accident.
    I think of danger not so much from terrorists as from Mother Nature.
    as in this info from the National Weather Service.
    we’re entering into our ‘tornado and severe storm season’ very soon.
    From 1890-2015, at least 160 tornadoes were documented in the Oklahoma City metro area, an average of just over one each year. Since weak tornadoes were not always documented prior to 1950, this number is likely well underestimated, according to NWS.
    Some other interesting facts from the NWS/SPC/Grazulis study:
    13 violent tornadoes (F/EF4 or stronger), including May 19, 2013 in Shawnee and May 20, 2013 in Moore.
    May is the peak month, followed by April and June. About two-thirds of all metro tornadoes have occurred in those months.
    Mid-afternoon through early evening is the most frequent time of day.
    Through 2015, the OKC metro experienced two or more tornadoes on the same day 27 separate times.
    Only three periods since 1950 had over a two-year lapse between tornadoes.

    it’s pretty much just a fact of life living here. a friend of mine who lives in Moore had her home blown away 3 different times. they pay high insurance rates of course. and you might say “why don’t they move?” because every place has its own dangers… from earth quakes to wildfires to floods to hurricanes! at least you know the snake in your own back yard I guess.
    I’m so very glad you weren’t killed or seriously injured Rummy. and you so easily could have been.
    you have much living to do yet! SH
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    • We Indians inevitably end our prayers with Om! Shanti, Shanti, Shanti hi. Shanti means peace. We say it three times to invoke peace and protection against three dangers called the aapat thraya. (Three Dangers.) Adi Daivika, Adi Bhautika and Adyatmika. Acts of God, Natural calamities and self created problems. I had half a mind to write on this part of ritual but did not consiering the esoteric nature of the ending.

  9. one of the problems (well there are lots more) is the notion you have to have a car – everyone in a household must have their own car (if they have a licence) – in some newer suburbs they are trying to say “the bus/train/ferry” is a few blocks walk away – but still people jump in their car to go to the dairy to buy milk…

    and our other problem is more and more people want to live here, more jobs is often the prime reason – and the car pollution si becoming a big issue. We used to have rush hour 7-9 am and say 5-7pm but now it can be all day “jam” and if there is a serious accident “grid lock” often miles away from the incident…

    just today, one of my peers was saying that someone was going to give me a car… I was stunned, I don’t want a bl**dy car – dam expensive to maintain etc and I’m happy how things are now. I have friends who don’t mind picking me up for events, like today where I was with a dozen or more peers…

    • I don’t have a car and manage by hitching rides with friends and family or by using autorickshaws and taxis. I live in a city where I can get all these round the clock as it were. Lucky me!

  10. Wisewebwoman says:

    What struck me Ramana, is that we are so reliant on the behaviour of random strangers for our own safety and well-being, don’t you think?

    I’ve had acquaintances, clients and friends killed in what others call “freak” accidents. I’ve had my own, I took on a truck in a Mini once on a side Dublin road, I don’t know how I survived, the mini was destroyed, my legs were bruised, my fiance had a head bump.

    the world, to my thinking, is truly chaotic and random. I hope you are not suffering from your knockdown. A hairsbreadth, my friend, as you are no doubt aware. We’re not ready to lose you yet.

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    • Thank you WWW. While it is heartening to know that you are not ready to lose me yet, I am and have been for quite some time, ready to go. I would however prefer to go rather than suffer fractures, hospitalisation etc.

  11. I decided not to comment on the dangers of the roads, and clicked on the link you provided instead, Rummuser. It’s a chilling report, and given how our world is shrinking due to modern communication, I think we should educate ourselves about that man and his teachings. We might think we are too far away to worry, but there is no such thing today.
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    • I am sure that others would have done that but chose not to comment on a vital matter pertaining to the peace of our entire world. There are other lunatics like that in other places as well including within our own country. It is politically incorrect for me to write about them.

  12. Max Coutinho says:

    Hi Rummy,

    I don’t know the answer to this question because it depends. From where I sit some local neighbourhoods can be the most dangerous place on earth to me, since it is closer. Someone in Rio de Janeiro will say any Favela close by is the most dangerous place on earth. Someone in Baghdad or in Kabul will say the same. So…

    Cheers 🙂
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