Many people, for a variety of reasons, feel more at ease when they are scared and see more of the negative in the world than the positive. I’m not one of them, which is why I always find data like this compelling, interesting and a reminder of just how the world is instead of what runaway misperceptions make it seem:
Third, terrorism poses relatively little threat. As my colleague John Mueller has stated, terrorism outside of war zones has claimed fewer lives each year since 9/11 than annual bathtub drownings in the United States. The data reflect this, showing a declining trend since the early 1980s.
If you are looking for confirmation of your worst fears about the world or the economy or Atlantic Beach Memorial Day Bikefest – or anything else – you’ve come to the wrong place. We have to talk about and grapple with ugly things. But we must find a better way of doing that without making things look and feel worse than they really are.