Tagged: mortality

Coronavirus Logic 101

Today’s winning headline from Business Insider: “New York City’s spring coronavirus outbreak was roughly as deadly as the 1918 flu pandemic that killed 50 million people.” The logic of that headline is clearly intended to suggest that the current pandemic is “roughly as deadly” as a pandemic that killed 50 million people, even though it hasn’t actually killed anywhere close to that number...

Stay at home. Save Lives.

Roughly 1.35 million human beings lose their lives in car accidents each year, including 38,000 in the U.S. alone. That’s 3,700 automotive deaths worldwide per day.  “Well, that’s life,” you say. “They knew the risks.”  First of all, no they did not know the risks; for while we all hear the occasional local news story about a fatal accident involving drunken teens on...

As I Lay Living, Part Two: You Are Going to Die

(See Part One) If the civilized life is akin to a long walk through nature — and that includes human nature — then its definitive character is not destinations, not “highlights,” but continuity. The key to continuity, in all matters of will, is the avoidance of distractions. Destinations, too, when regarded as definitive, become mere distractions. A destination is not only an end...