May 11th, 2007 09:05 EST
Ask Not For Whom The Bell Tolls
We often hear and see death statistics quoted to us: in the news, in commercials, in reports and in public service announcements.
Numbers can and DO lie. Don't believe them. Don't trust them.
The numbers in these death tolls we're told would have us believe that we are in a kind of epidemic. Death is all around us. It could come for us at any moment, like the Sword of Damocles hanging over our collective heads.
Geez, a papercut is likely to kill you these days, the way people talk.
Virtually every day, the news and the government are warning us of some new hazard, threat or danger to our safety, health, and our very lives.
It is as if they want us to be scared. Ask yourself why?
Homicide, accidents, various diseases, smoking, war, drugs, hunger, suicide, natural disasters, the environment, household appliances, the food we eat, doctors, lawyers, terrorists...
"X number of people die every 10 seconds because of Y."
Seriously? But think about that.
Now, I admit, I'm not so good with math... but that just doesn't seem to add up right. Enough people aren't being born to compensate for the number and rate of losses being reported. If all these people were really dying from all these multitudes of things at these extreme rates-- simultaneously, even as you read this... then there wouldn't be over 6 billion people. Our global population would more probably be in the thousands, perhaps in danger of extinction.
Keep in mind that statistics can be manipulated to mean anything, in attempts to manipulate people. And there is no way these death statistics are accurate, even considering a margin for error.
Be not afraid. Don't let them make you.