best nation on earth

Hey SWEN,

Every successful movement has had all sort  of people engaging in all sorts of tactics. Some people are endlessly patient and wonderful communicators, some are funny or artistic, some people are exploring corners that the rest of us didn’t even know existed let alone knew how to access, some are educators, some people can stand at the barricades for hours and days and weeks and months and years, to some people its a political act to everyday simply be for another 24 hours. Every tactic is valid and gets the message to a different demographic.

There are no “bad apples,” there are just different types of people.

Together we rise, divided we fall, etc.

Countries with a high percentage of nonbelievers are among the freest, most stable, best-educated, and healthiest nations on earth. When nations are ranked according to a human-development index, which measures such factors as life expectancy, literacy rates, and educational attainment, the five highest-ranked countries — Norway, Sweden, Australia, Canada, and the Netherlands — all have high degrees of non-belief. Of the fifty countries at the bottom of the index, all are intensely religious. The nations with the highest homicide rates tend to be more religious; those with the greatest levels of gender equality are the least religious. These associations say nothing about whether atheism leads to positive social indicators or the other way around. But the idea that atheists are somehow less moral, honest, or trustworthy have been disproven by study after study.
—  Greg Graffin