Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Better Part of Wisdom

Thank you John Lott. That just about nails it -- numbers and all. A perfect echo of conversation earlier in the day with my wife.

Some perspective is needed. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the seasonal flu infects 28 million to 56 million Americans each year. Of these, 100,000 are hospitalized and about 36,000 die. This averages out to almost 150 deaths a day during the eight months of a normal flu season.

Perspective indeed. That's something sorely lacking and is perhaps the better part of wisdom.

I reckon it (lack of perspective) explains why people continue to play the lottery.

Well, that and the fact that the lottery is a tax on people who are bad at math.

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