"America is the best durned nation in the world!"
Now I won't deny that america is a much better place to live than many of the other choices, but the best country in the world? Let's see what makes america so great.
1. We have the highest life expectancy
Nope. It is actually number 48!
2. We have the most internet users per capita
Nope. We are number 7.
3. We have the lowest crime rate
nope. We are 23rd for the number of murders per capita.
4. We have the highest number of democratically minded citizens
Nope. We are number 63 on election turnout.
5. We are the best educated
nope. We are 18th in math and 68th on literacy.
6. We are the most generous
nope. We are 20th on donated aid per capita.
7. Yet we do have the highest gross national income (second GDP)
8. We have the lowest unemployment rate
nope we are 52nd.
So you see, America really isn't best at everything. Don't even get me started on america having the most equality and freedom from the government. I think countries with female presidents and gay marriage would disagree.
Six Degrees of Separation
As an aside, I have been wondering if you could connect any two reasonably linked blogs within 6 jumps. Google may have some interesting statistics on that.
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May 18, 2004 04:03 PM PDT
great idea on the stats..i'll see what i can come up with...love your site, by the way!
May 18, 2004 10:53 PM PDT
Hi Sarah, I just found your blog through Monica (monnsqueak.blogdrive.com).
I must admit I'm alarmed by your fear of coming out of the closet with your non-Christianity. I'm a staunch agnostic (if that's not too much of an oxymoron) and, although I don't go preaching it, I'm willing to admit it to anyone who asks or if the subject comes up.
What might happen if you admit it other than people trying to re-convert you? Is it different in America than here in Australia? If so, perhaps it's due to the different reasons our countries were founded.
BTW, I love the Militant Atheist bumper sticker (27/4)!
May 18, 2004 11:01 PM PDT
Well I'm not Elf (how's that for a compromise), but I think I can speak out on this one. It is very different here in the U.S. than in Australia. I've been told such by everyone I've ever known from your area of the world.
Out here, parents have been known to disown their children for leaving the Christ Cult.
May 18, 2004 11:38 PM PDT
Wood has it. My family would disown me. How do I know? They nearly disowned my sister for dating someone from another sect of christianity. There are christians, and then there are fundamentalist nutjobs. Rational is not part of the fundamentalist constuct.
I do plan on telling everyone so I can live free of lies, but there are things in my life that I must first take care of.
Wood, Elf is just fine. :)
May 19, 2004 06:35 AM PDT
Yeah, sometimes you just can't tell everyone. There are a few people who know, but just don't bring it up, and I'm happy to leave it that way. I left religous aggression and confrontation (aka "standing up for your beliefs", ha) behind when I ditched Christianity. :)
May 19, 2004 10:41 AM PDT
Hi Sarah, you posted a comment on my homepage, and I'm sure I know you from Ex-C. Who are you? Just wanted to say thanks for reading my thoughts, and for your comment. I like your site!!!
May 20, 2004 10:58 PM PDT
Wow, I'm astonished that a parent could consider disowning a child for their beliefs! Although I guess it's not much different from disowning a gay/lesbian child, that being just as sinful in their eyes.
I guess I'm shocked because I had the fortune to grow up in a non-religious family. Dad was atheist but never admitted it to himself (always called himself anglican), Mum believes in God but hates church hierarchy and the hypocracy of people who go on Sunday mornings then act selfishly for the rest of the week.
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