I started watching a movie the other day called Most Dangerous Game which was about someone being hunted across a cityscape for which he would win 24 million dollars if he lived sunrise to sunrise over the course of a day.
I’ll not spoil the movie for you by telling you if he lived or not because that’s not what I want to write about here.
After the first few minutes of the movie I went for a walk and all I could think about was what I would do if I was in a similar situation. What would I do to enable me to survive?
The terms of the hunt were that the prey would be hunted by five people (if you can call them that) who would be alerted at hourly intervals of the location of their prey by means of a cellphone that he must carry on him at all times. Other than the prey not being allowed to go outside the city limits and no-one was allowed to use guns, that was the extent of the rules.
So, what would you do?
I would move randomly. No sense in giving those hunters a predictable path. I would avoid the places I normally frequent. No way would I allow them to sit and wait at my favourite beauty spot for me to happen along. I would make sure that I was away from people when the phone was giving my location away. I would make sure I had ways of travelling between the hourly pings from the phone. I would pick up a means of defending myself from somewhere like a baseball bat or something like that. I would sleep in the bushes in the day so that I wouldn’t get exhausted in the night. I would find some way of disguising my appearance, such as changes of clothing, a different way of walking, a wig, a latex mask or anything that would make me look different. I would climb a tree and live, hidden in the canopy for a while. I would get on a tourist bus and go around and around and around. I would get some money from somewhere to make these things possible. I would turn hunter and wipe out those nasty people from the face of the earth. I would offer myself to god and resign myself to my fate. I would turn my experiences into a bestselling novel. I would … heck, I’d just do the ‘normal’ things that anyone would do when faced with such an abnormal situation.
Again, what about you?
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