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Opinion | Hold your horses

Let’s scale those celebratory laddoo feasts back and wait for the actual election results

Since the dawn of civilization, mankind has wondered what sets our species apart from beasts. Various answers exist, but apart from walking upright and using our hands, we also evolved to speak, pool our resources and cooperate better for survival. All this goes back about 200 millennia before the advent of agriculture, which is often seen as the seed of “civilized" life as we know—or doubt—it. Alas, far too easily forgotten is another human ability: of delayed gratification. Yes, patience. It holds the key not only to the idea of cultivation, or investment, but also to the success of democracy. So, let’s scale those celebratory laddoo feasts back and wait for the actual election results.

“How poor are they that have not patience!" wrote Shakespeare. Lack of money wasn’t what he meant. Indeed, cynical as it sounds, it’s the rich who are widely seen to be the most deficient in the virtue of “time dilation", as the bard put it. The rich and the powerful. Their horse traders, many fear, have already vaulted into the act of buying support with early bids. Politics as usual, you might sigh. Yet, the very existence of such a market is a shame, is it not? Let no voter’s vote be betrayed.

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