We’re safer than we’ve ever been, and yet we feel more insecure than we ever have. How can that possibly be? If you look at our life expectancies, vulnerability to disease, probability of dying through violent conflict, any major statistical category of risk to human life is at an all time low and the expectancy of prosperity and health in human life is at an all time high. Yet at the same time, our collective consciousness constantly feels under duress, under threat. Why is that? Well, the information sharing about the regionalized conflicts and the regionalized terrorist events that happen every day on the planet never used to be shared before. It’s not that there hasn’t been violence for the past ten thousand, twenty thousand, fifty thousand years of human life, it’s that there wasn’t a news, media and internet infrastructure to share the video about it and our brains are wired to share anecdotal stories about individuals. We hear one story about one individual, we immediately assign that possibility, that risk to ourselves even though the probability of it occurring to us is actually at an all time low. So when you feel that you are at risk because of the content you are consuming on the internet or on TV, remind yourself that in order to feel safer, all you need to do is turn off that screen and take a walk around the block.
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