We live in a world where the economy - the combination of what we make, what we spend, the value of investments, etc., is something that functions EXCLUSIVELY because people BELIEVE everything is "good". The numbers scarcely matter for fuck all - if people believe something is shit, it's shit. If they believe it's the 2nd coming of Christ, then the rapture is upon us.
WHY THEN does the news media in particular, and everyone including our President, continue to reinforce negativity and pessimism rather than positivity and optimism? I'm not suggesting we make stuff up, but maybe if everyone in front of a microphone or a word processor just SHUT UP about the economy for a month or so, we can get out from under the immense psychological burden that results from the nonstop drumbeat of "OH MOTHER OF FUCK WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE!"
There's TONS of reasons that one could justifiably be pessimistic. I'm saying fuck that anyway. It doesn't cost us anything to try it out (I can hear Bear's response now, things keep getting worse even if you ignore it blah blah blah -
). Not EVERY bit of negative financial news merits nonstop discussion.
Well, things keep getting worse...wait a minute there is an echo in here.
Are we so used to the concept of positive mental reinforcement that we just can't take reality anymore? We quit giving Fs in many schools so kids would not get the "stigma" of failing, even though they were failing. We quit holding them back a year because they weren't getting it because it would negatively impact their fragile self esteem.
Half the contests for kids give trophies to EVERYONE because some little snowflake will feel bad if it looks like they failed. They failed.
So now, let's push that up to the adults. No sense showing failure, it hurts our feelings, our national pride. Don't talk down our failures as they might show weakness. Don't look at the problems head on, they might scare us and negatively impact our fragile self esteem.
What happened to manning up, looking a problem straight in the face, FULLY ACCESSING IT, rolling up our sleeves and fixing it as a team. Trick is EVERYONE has to FULLY understand the problem before everyone can roll up their sleeves and help.
And we have been lied to, as a country for a bunch of years.
The media does it in many ways [sometimes at the behest of advertisers who really want positive information or they won't buy ads] many times because we tend to hire generalists at media outlets and they don't always understand their subject matter.
Politicians do it to keep their polling numbers up or to insure their next fundraiser or to get their next bill sponsored.
I will take a fully informed population any day of the week. Good news or bad news, if people know it is going to rain down shit, more will likely bring umbrellas.