Best column on the internet today.
Israel is the happy little country because it is full of Jews and full of life.
The Jews have an exuberance and a love of life that will never be extinguished.
around the time we began extricating ourselves from our socialist straitjacket,
we were also recognizing that the peace thing wasn’t everything it was cracked
up to be. And at that point we began to understand that happiness and success
aren’t about what other people give you – money, treaties, a phone line after a
five-year wait. Happiness and success are about what you accomplish."
that point, sometime between 1996 and 2000, Israelis began creating large
families and embracing the free market."
"Today, with an average of three
children per family, Israelis are the fecund outliers of the industrial world.
And as David Goldman at PJ Media has demonstrated, there is a direct correlation
between children and human happiness. This is why fruitful Israelis have the
lowest suicide rate in the industrial world. When you have children, you have a
"And when you have a future, you work hard to secure it, and have
a generally optimistic outlook."
"What could be so bad when your kid just
lost his first tooth?"
"Israelis are also happy because we see that we can build
the future we want for our families and our country even without another glitzy
signing ceremony at the White House every six months. Our country is getting
stronger and more livable every day. And we know it."
Read the whole thing!