Almost immediately after writing today’s post on machine gun preachers and child abductions in Uganda, I switched computer programs over to Stata and continued running some regressions, where my dependent variable is “war deaths”.
It took me about 30 minutes to realize that this was ironic, absurd, vaguely cruel, and rather disheartening.
While I think my work sometimes serves important purposes, and that (sadly) I am probably better at blogging and running regressions than I am at more direct forms of assistance, perhaps some deeper reflection is in order.
Of course, what I actually do is say to myself, “well, at least I don’t work in finance.”
The brief moment of concern passes, and I turn back to dispassionately regressing death and destruction.