In 2007, I was writing an essay I submitted for St Gallen university’s prestigious annual symposium. Instead of conventional and well-trodden topics such as leadership/entrepreneurship, I vied to seek out correlations between a nation’s religiousness, leadership, availability of natural resources and economic development.
Based on extensive research of modern Norway, KSA, Hittites and post-Gutenberg Europe, the essay concluded (formula is pretty straightforward):
D = 0.25*N-R + 0.3*R + 0.45*L
- D=development (probability)
- R=religiousness (if religion is dogma/fixed, R<0)
I didn’t win – Churchill’s infamous words came to mind:
A modest little person, with much to be modest about.