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Putting things in perspective: Terrorists kills a few dozen people a year in the US, and trillions are spent battling terrorism.

about 35,000 people are killed in car crashes and about 2,000,000 are injured – Slate

We’ve become accustomed to the death tolls, and accept the injuries – as long as it is from something familiar. If our concern was for human life and based on data, we’d spend far more on safer roads, safer hospitals, safer gun policies, healthier living, cleaner air and water, and treating a wide array of diseases. Our acceptance of 35,000 deaths per year versus the extraordinary amounts spent on other less likely threats says something about the rationality of our society.

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“We Don’t Really Care About Car Accidents” – Slate

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