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I often hear people complain that America is a much more dangerous place than it used to be.
But I'm not so sure about that.
Sure, there are more bad people in the world than before. But there are lot more people of all kinds, including good folks. And the good ones still far outnumber the bad ones.
Crime makes for loud - and easy - news. But for every convenience store thief there are fifty people who give to their community rather than take. And for every murder we hear about because of the 24-hour news cycle, there are hundreds of unsung heroes devoted to extending and improving our lives.
There are more cars on the road than ever before. But the air in our cities is probably the cleanest it's been in the last hundred years. And the cars themselves have never been safer, resulting in fewer fatal accidents per capita than ever.
And do we worry about polio like we used to? Smallpox? No. Medical breakthroughs have taken life expectancy to an all-time peak.
The truth is, the world is nowhere near as scary as many people think. Instant communication has simply given us an awareness of the dangers that are out there that's way out of proportion to their real impact. And anyone living in an unrealistic state of fear is doing themselves a grave disservice.