One of my favorite parts of teaching public policy is focusing on unintended consequences of policy changes. Like in India, the government paid people to catch dangerous snakes to help control the population and it made the problem worse because people started breeding them. Who would've guessed?
So today I went on a run and while on my walk home I saw a group of girls about ten years old and two of them were in the middle of the dirt road brawling. Real deal, not a fake at all. And one was screaming so I immediately approached telling them to stop now. A woman walking from the other direction did the same thing so it was definitely serious and I felt like I did the right thing. The other girls watching the fight started giggling when I told them to stop. Clearly it's not every day that a white American guy yells at them to stop fighting in a funny slacker-like accent. The girls stopped fighting but what I didn't expect was another fight to break out and this time the girls were fighting but looking at me as if to say break us up too. I told them to stop and then walked away realizing I was going to make things worse if I stuck around. Incidentally, the first two girls popped up from the ground, dusted themselves off, and moved on kind of like no big deal. Kids are tough here.
John Doces. Je vous écris de la Côte-d'Ivoire en Afrique.