We have a problem today in that we are being reassured constantly that things are really getting better. The economy is better. The crime scene is much better and so on and on. And yet most people think otherwise. For example, the U. S. News and World Report for March 4, 1996 has a long article on a bad case of the blues. And it goes on to say people think the nation is unraveling. It is no wonder. A look at a week’s worth of TV news would make anybody a hearty pessimist.