Friday, April 19, 2013

Glick: Israel-the Happy Little Country

Best column on the internet today. 

Love this. 

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.

"Just 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."

"At 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 future."

"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!