I’m a little stressed right now.
In fact, truth be told, I’m pretty stressed most of the time. Usually about work or finances or my insanely long commute or the $2000 in medical bills I still owe from when I broke my leg and spent three days in the hospital.
Of course, I’m not alone. You’re stressed, too, admit it. Everyone is. It’s unavoidable. Stress is a by-product of modern-day life in America, and it’s largely caused by one thing: fear. Whole industries are built around this fact. Take the news media, for example. It used to be that the role of the media was to report the news. These days, though, it’s all about inciting fear in order to boost ratings. Think about it. When was the last time you heard a news anchor say, “Coming up, a new report shows no significant link between jet skiing and lung cancer.” No, instead it’s more like, “Coming up, why you’re going to die tomorrow unless you watch our news broadcast right this second. Seriously, YOU’RE GONNA DIE, PEOPLE!”