Andrew Sullivan notes that it is a sad world because the 10 day old daugher of Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer, Gordon Brown, died. I disagree. This is a terribly sad event, and we do extend our condolences, but the remarkable rarity of this sort of tragedy as opposed to the frequency with which it occurred just 30 years ago is reason enough for a positive outlook for the future. The daily expansions in our medicine, science, and technology, as well as the unprecedented freedoms we enjoy, are truly a marvel to behold. Don’t forget what we are fighting for when we send out troops into Afghanistan to stop an enemy who wants to terrorize us back to the stone ages.
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