Weekend minipost: Darwin prize

Jay Austin and Lauren Geoghegan, who were both in their late 20s, quit their jobs in 2017 to embark on a trip around the world. Austin, a vegan, and Geoghegan, a vegetarian, decided that they’re were wasting their lives working.

“I’ve grown tired of spending the best hours of my day in front of a glowing rectangle, of coloring the best years of my life in swaths of grey and beige,” Austin wrote on his blog before he quit. “I’ve missed too many sunsets while my back was turned. Too many thunderstorms went unwatched, too many gentle breezes unnoticed.”

“You read the papers and you’re led to believe that the world is a big, scary place,” Austin wrote. “People, the narrative goes, are not to be trusted. People are bad. People are evil.”

“I don’t buy it,” he continued. “Evil is a make-believe concept we’ve invented to deal with the complexities of fellow humans holding values and beliefs and perspectives different than our own… By and large, humans are kind. Self-interested sometimes, myopic sometimes, but kind. Generous and wonderful and kind.”


Unless you live under a rock or in a crazy lefty campus, you know exactly how the story ends:

Austin and Geoghegan were riding their bikes in Tajikistan, near the Afghan border on July 29 when they were rammed by a car, according to CBS News. Five men got out of the car and stabbed them to death along with two other cyclists, one from Switzerland and the other from the Netherlands.

Two days later, ISIS released a video showing the same men sitting in front of the black ISIS flag. They looked at the camera and vowed to kill “disbelievers,” according to The New York Times.

Author: Gevlon

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8 thoughts on “Weekend minipost: Darwin prize”

  1. Yeah, I saw that a few days ago.

    I want to feel bad for them? But I’m having trouble doing so. Sure, this is tragic… but so preventable.

    I used to live in a city. I hated it. I wanted to see thunderstorms and gentle breezes too. So I moved to the Missouri Ozarks. All the thunderstorms and gentle breezes… none of the stabby religious nuts. Hell, I don’t even know if the police cars here have sirens.

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  2. Being from the UK, I follow a basic rule of thumb not to go to any country that we as a nation have colonised in the past or had a war with. As this effectively rules out pretty much most of the world, I stay at home and drink gin, minding my own business.

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  3. good news they won’t be passing their stupidity to their children. Sorry for the couple it is nice to have ideals and hopes however you cannot be blind to the truth. My question is why the bike ride they could have found this out walking through any inner city at night with money sticking out of their wallets and gotten the same results.

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  4. It was an act of kindness, never forget Islam is THE religion of peace! At least that is what most Muslims think (the majority). In the same way the west is drunk in their narrative and doctrine.

    I would like to cite some wise words: “I say we take of and nuke the entire site from orbit. it’s the only way to be sure.” youtube.com/watch?v=aCbfMkh940Q

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