Reading the news is tough. Most of it is bad, yet we tend to want more of it. For some reason humans are more drawn towards bad news than good news. There is a school of thought in psychology that says we do more to avoid pain than we do to gain pleasure. Could this be the reason why we need to know about all the bad stuff? Is it merely a defense mechanism to protect ourselves?
At the same time we can ask ourselves if we have become so desensitised by bad news that it doesn’t impact us emotionally anymore. If true, it puts us in a perilous position. This psychological state prevents us from reacting to danger and you can bet that every once in a while a situation does arise that we should be paying attention to. Something that could provoke us to jump into action and protect ourselves, instead of sitting in a pot of boiling hot water like a frog, not realising what is happening, until it is too late. With that, I present you with the following pot of boiling hot water:
It is starting to get damned hot in here so now is your chance to jump out or risk becoming a side dish with butter, garlic and parsley poured all over you, AND no retirement savings to show for it.