I donâ€™t usually read the papers. Or even keep up with current affairs. In general Iâ€™m pretty out of touch with whatâ€™s going on in the world.
But yesterday I bought the weekend papers. Iâ€™m on holidays, and thought itâ€™d be nice to catch up on world events. What a mistake!
Nothing but page after page of depressing economic, political and social doom and gloom.
As I read the articles I continued on, telling myself it was important to have an understanding of what the struggles and problems facing us are. You know, reality.
But then I started wondering what actual benefit this knowledge was going to bring. Would I change any of my behaviours? Probably not. Would I be able to contribute anything more to society now that I had a more informed view? Again, I donâ€™t think so.
Instead, Iâ€™m left feeling down, worried about our finances, concerned for people in all parts of the world, and most of all, incredibly helpless. My only change in behaviour is that Iâ€™ll probably complain to other people about it (ie this post).
So now Iâ€™m convinced that my usual strategy is better. Ignorance is bliss. Iâ€™d rather be a mis-guided optimist than an informed pessimist.