Of course there are real problems and real dangers. Nonetheless, most Americans are happy with their own lives. This reflects the fact that there are many, many things right with our society. Moreover, we solve problems all the time. We have a strong tradition of improving, which is as active at this moment as it ever has been.
It is a psychological quirk of human beings that we pay more attention to threats than to blessings. This makes us think that a large proportion of our life conditions are dangerous. Yet a calm inventory of each of the people and institutions that we rely on each day would clearly show that most of what we depend on is actually working.
In my judgment, the people who spread fear are a greater danger to the happiness of society than are the people and circumstances they are afraid of.