Driving through Cordoba, Argentina, Dr. Vestra explained again.
“The world’s greatest geniuses all emit Benoche Waves. Einstein and Oppenheimer had it. Many more are wasted because no one realized it. With Benoche Waves, we can!”
“But why do you need me?” said Ex-Army Ranger McCabe.
Vestra sighed, “A genius in Uganda was murdered by warlords. Another was killed by drug-dealing gang members in Chicago. You can stop future killings… Driver! Stop!”
Vestra pointed to a scruffy boy spray-painting a storefront. “It’s him! Salvatierra.”
“He doesn’t have formal training. Look, that’s Hydrogen. There’s Deuterium. My God! He’s worked out Cold Fusion!”
A policeman charged in to club the alleged graffiti artist.
McCabe raised his weapon.
“Let me help!” hurried Vestra, handing the policeman a roll of money.
The bribe-hungry policeman gone, McCabe said, “Thought you weren’t getting government funding.”
“I’m not,” sighed Vestra. “I hope that cop likes the coupons.”
Written for What Pegman Saw: https://whatpegmansaw.com/2017/11/04/cordoba-argentina/
If Benoche Waves and a Dr. Vestra really existed, I imagine they might have detectors to find Benoche Wave sources. I couldn’t go into this detail due to word constraints. In this story, I thought Vestra might be sticking a detector out the window and that’s really how he found Salvatierra.
Whenever I hear about ethnic cleansing in Uganda or Serbia or mass killings in Sudan and Syria, I wonder how many of the dead would’ve had the intellect of Einstein or even better. The murders are bad enough, but losing minds that could’ve improved the entire world is even worse. Genius doesn’t depend on ethnicity, but it does depend on nurture to realize its potential. When will governments realize that human minds are their most precious resource?