EDITORIAL: COUNTING BY NUMBERS
“For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause.” Shakespeare, Hamlet.
It has been estimated that since humans first appeared, there have 108 billion of us that have walked the Earth. That said, life is often short and often cruel, given value only by the potential of loss, and often magnified in loss by the use of numbers.
So let’s count the (US) dead and by order of number.
In 2016, thus far, 2.7 million animals (dogs and cats) have been euthanized.
Through the start of July there have been 568,367 abortions performed (168,907 performed by Planned Parenthood).
319,335 deaths have been attributed to heart disease, 307,563 due to cancer, and 181,929 due to smoking.
So far this year, 22,233 suicides have been reported, 17,573 deaths by drunk driving (an added 3,113 from texting).
Drug abuse deaths this year list 12,998 while death by prescription drugs sits at 7,797.
Homicides in 2016 have claimed 8,732, while gun related deaths reached 5974.
There have been 22 military deaths (last year), and 49 deaths due to Radical Islamists so far this year.
43 people died from lightning strikes, 186 from air crashes (2015) and 3 deaths from vaccines, although 108 injuries have been reported so far this year.
7.7 million people die globally from hunger each year. That comes to 21,000 people every day.
40 percent of food in the US is thrown out, enough to feed 25 million people. So why aren’t we?
In 2016 so far, 512 people have died as a result of a police shootings, cites the Washington Post. 238 have been Whites, 123 Black and 79 Hispanics.
FBI Statistics show that 90 percent of Blacks murdered are at the hands of Blacks, and 83 percent of Whites are murdered by other Whites.
Counting by numbers shows us that our priorities are skewed.
We learn that despite the fact that more Whites are shot by police each year, the focus of groups like Black Lives Matters fails to assert a more judicial All Lives Matters approach.Sure, there are exceptions and there are unjustified shootings, but when layered with the stats from other deaths in our society, these numbers pale.
Isn’t the volume of global hunger deaths, something that could be offset by the sheer volume of waste in the US alone, more disturbing?
Or, that over half-million abortions have been performed in the US so far, in the nameof choice?
And perhaps we should cry for the animals who ask for nothing, but for a bit of love.
In this tumultuous election year, it is easy to forget that the numbers offer us far more truth than the many fictions we hear.
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Sources: poverty.com | dosomething.org | WashingtonPost.com | Breitbart.com | Romans322.com | wfp.org | icasualties.org | numberofabortions.com | aspca.org | dailywire.com