The news is my least favorite reality show. The reporters are condescending, the stories are horribly boring and are often incorrect. Worst of all, the whole thing is just designed to make you worry.
A lot of people love to worry. Some people worry about peak oil. WHO THE HELL CARES? Gas is incredibly cheap. Three dollars a gallon. You can go 30 miles with that if you have a decent car. $3 to go 30 miles. What a deal! I think I've already ranted about this before, so I won't go on about how cheap gas really is.
Global warming is just as bad. What are you going to do about it? NOTHING. If you're a multibillionaire or are an actual global warming researcher, this doesn't apply to you. Everyone else - shut up about global warming. You'll be dead before it has any effect. The fact that people actually concern themselves about this boggles my mind.
Don't you get this? We have geniuses all over the world who have really good technology at their disposal. If there is a solution, they're on it. If it becomes a serious threat, they will come up with a solution. Want proof? You're still alive. Scientists in the past have handled every single huge problem we've had. Idiots who watch TV and get riled up about the latest thing to be worried about haven't solved anything. Leave it to the scientists and you handle picking the kids up from school. Deal?
I never worry about anything. Know why? There's no point in EVER worrying. If you worry, then you need to eliminate it as soon as possible.
There is absolutely no benefit in worrying. It depresses your mood, wastes your time, and worst of all, distracts you from actually SOLVING PROBLEMS. I'm not saying to ignore your problems - solve them. But do it logically - emotionally dwelling on the problem will cloud your judgement.
I learned to stop worrying back when I was a professional gambler. At first every loss would cause a knot in my stomach. I'd wonder what would happen if I kept losing. If I won I would bounce off the walls in excitement.
Eventually I realized that this was no way to live. The emotional swings weren't serving me - they were impeding my progress. If I lost I would get upset and not want to play anymore. Or I would play dumb to try to get my money back.
Over time I learned to control my emotions almost completely. If I won I would be happy, but not dwell on the win. That's dangerous too. Winning $4000 doesn't make the next $100 any less important, so it's good to not get caught up in it. If I lost I didn't care. I've lost more money in a day than many people will ever earn in a year, but at dinner none of my friends could even tell anything was wrong. That's because nothing was wrong - it was just part of the job.
I really like this article and agree with a lot of the points. However, I think that worrying about or at LEAST thinking about global warming is important. In my mind, pushing off the decision to act on global warming makes it so it's too late. I know you were just using it as an example. I definitely agree with the news thing though. I only want to be interested in it if it is actionable.
You're point that "we have genius scientists" is so stupid. Sure, we have some smart scientists, but they are chafing under restricted funding and freedom. They can't do shit without money and support. And the greatest hurdles to overcoming global warming are ECONOMIC, not scientific. We need gas taxes and corporate R&D - both of which will not arise without public support.
You can give them that support. You can support companies which support that as well. You can make a difference, because you're one of the richest people in the world, even if you only make 10 bucks an hour.
Worry serves an important function - it tells us that there's something we need to watch out for, and perhaps address.
While I agree with your point of not worrying for everyday living (ie. controlling your emotions), I don't agree with being apathetic about the environment and the things that will 'hands down' effect our lives in the future. But then again, ignorance can be bliss.
None of that affects my daily life, except stupid corrupt politicians but I cant change that either. On the other hand, ex American ambassador, now in retirement, sold everithing and moved to live in Croatia. He loves how safe our streets are and how nice the see is. Its a great country, only you gotta bring your money with you.
Croatia is going to shit, too much credits, way too much mafia, corupt judges, politicans on drugs, crayz ass ex-soldiers killing them selfs and others in the process. But.... I dont really care, I dont watch the news anymore. Only yesterday, my mother menaged to depress me with that storys from the news.
Somebody had to say it! If we worried about things which MAY impact us hundreds of years from now, we would do nothing else. Let's cure cancer in the meantime -- that really does take lives!
Wow, nicely said -- I thoroughly enjoyed reading this post. Actually brightened up my day. Last night I was worrying about how long my parents would live -- if by 2020 we'd all live to 125, etc. What purpose did all that worrying serve? none whatsoever --I'm going to work on the emotional stability for poker, as well. Thanks for the post!
I like to bet. For those of you who have read the story about how I was a professional gambler, this is obvious. What I don't like to do is exercise. At one point in my life, these two activities joined to provide an interesting story.
I have a friend named Hayden. He likes to bet me. For a while we had a running string of bets, and I was down overall because I failed to get 10x his score in a Tony Hawk competition. At one point I was one of the top 10 Tony Hawk players in the world. That lasted for about 5 minutes until someone from Japan beat my score.
Hayden and I sat across from my kitchen table.
Been a while since I've put down a post - been busy with the holidays and stressed with some events in my past after hitting a euphoric peak around Thanksgiving. That's when the curtain came crashing down seemingly. Looking back I guess with good reason too...
For the longest time I was a worrying type but I've only really been conscious of this recently. If anything even came close to being a possible thing to worry about my mind would obsess over it constantly and draw out every possible scenario and try to draw up actions plans to prevent such scenarios. Unfortunately once you solved that the mind would draw up more crazy scenarios given you more reasons to worry and the cycle would continue... Thus instead of enjoying life your brain would constantly use your mind's idle processing time to worry about things.
I didn't think much of this issue until it hit a new breaking point a month or two ago. I worried about things up to the point in which I could no longer control my mental state. Yes - I went insane - certifiably insane :p. I could not control the thoughts in my head any longer. Unless I was drowning out my mind in trance music or computer games or throwing distractions at it I would always go back to idle worrying and terror. Not a good way to live life if you ask me. I could no longer control the thoughts in my head. My mind had literally taking a mind of it's own and it was filled with worry and terror. I became a recluse for a bit as I no longer wanted to face the world - it was too scary - too much could go wrong - one small unfortunate circumstance could bring down our entire existences as we know them.
Anyway while I was huddled in a corner fearing existence I thought to myself, "wow - I wonder if there's a way to turn my brain OFF." Suddenly I felt jealous for the naive and unthinking - ignorance is indeed bliss - a bliss that will come crashing down any second once 'the whole truth of existence was known' but it was indeed bliss and happiness. At my current point it seemed like there was nothing I could do to ever be happy again once I was no longer naive about the world. All my worrying and drawing out of scenarios let me see the world for as it truly was - and I was terrified!!! If one pondered logically about how little it takes to bring down one's state of happiness you may reach an equivalent state I did.