Hi Readers — Here’s a great article from Parade Magazine by the Freakonomics folks, all about how we fear the wrong things. Allow us to quote one particularly salient paragraph (or two, actually):
There are any number of topics about which our fears run far out of proportion to reality. For instance, whom are you more afraid of: strangers or people you know?
While “strangers” is the obvious answer, it’s probably wrong. Three out of four murder victims knew their assailants; about seven of 10 rape victims knew theirs. While the public is justifiably horrified when a stranger snatches a child off the street, the data show that such kidnappings are extremely rare.
This is not news to most Free-Rangers, but hopefully it will calm a lot of folks’ fears. But if your big fear is sharks…watch out behind you!
No. I jest. If your big fear is sharks, it’ll calm you about those, too. (But not about elephants.) — Lenore