studying some numbers

made the startling discovery while studying for my history paper yesterday that an estimated 20 -30 million people died in the Taiping Rebellion, as compared to the 15-25 million during the First World War. between 20 to 43 million died under Mao’s Great Leap Forward.

i haven’t even begun on the Second World War yet and the number of people who died like flies from just these three events is already the equivalent of modern Malaysia being wiped out about four times over.

remembering you’re one person, a single digit, feels nightmarishly overrated sometimes.


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