Life Is Better Than You Think (And Better that the Media Leads You To Believe)

I read a lot of people referring to last week as “America’s Worst Week,” what with the Boston bombing and the Waco explosion and rivers flooding and Lindsay Lohan getting a new TV show. But, you know what, we live in a pretty good time, especially for those of us in the U.S. So, as a Saturday reality check, I point you toward these twelve graphs that show how good life really is right now. Click on the graphic to see the rest:

HT: frequent commenter Patrick

  • Larry Barber

    Well, taking a look at where this article comes from (home page:, I wouldn’t believe them if they told me my pants were on fire unless I could smell the smoke. I know, ad hominen, genetic fallacy, etc., but you can’t spend all your time listening to kooks hoping for the random useful nugget, you wouldn’t have time for anything else. I don’t have time to research all of the bs in this article, but for the one concerning global warming see here: I suspect you could find similar material for most of the other claims.

    edit: I love being able to fix my typos!

  • Craig

    Is surviving cancer generally such a good thing for the heaven-bound believer?

    • EricG

      Craig, I am a 40 year old father of 5 and 9 year olds who has terminal cancer. I’ve heard some crazy bullshi* from various christians before, but yours is one of the worst.

      • Craig

        EricG, obviously you want to survive cancer for the sake of your children and for your relationship with them. I myself would think that your own good is tied up with the activity of caring for your children. But what do we make of the apostle Paul’s words in Phil 1:21: “For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better” (New Living Translation)? Is it just crazy bullshit to suspect that contemporary Christian attitudes towards death and dying are quite different from those of the apostle Paul? Could Paul write such things only because he didn’t have familial dependents?

        • Tony Jones

          Craig, your question is both silly and morally reprehensible. To double down on it in the face of Craig’s comment is astoundingly unChristian.

          • Craig

            Tony, I wonder if you regard the Apostle Paul’s statement as also bordering on the silly and the morally reprehensible. I wouldn’t be greatly surprised if you did. But if not, why not?

  • Molly (undergrad)

    Graig’s question is so out there that surely he is joking, right?

    Also, Mr. Jones, you have to consider that these charts prove that life expectancy and violence for the general population (mostly in America) is getting better. Living longer does not necessarily equate to a better life.

    On the other hand, if you wish to point out to the people who act as if the world is ending because we, as a country, experienced one rare incident of violence and death, the graphs fully support your point. Life is great in America compared to most part of the world where daily life is filled with violence, death, poverty, ect…