dpd1 - 2:04 am on Jan 16, 2010 (gmt 0)
The best thing you could do is just get everybody to stop talking about it. I refuse to watch the news, because you turn it on at night, and after the first 5 minutes, they've got you feeling like you may as well go out and start your car with the garage door closed. News people love making everybody feel like the world is coming to an end. Then you've got this new fad of conspiracy stuff they play on AM radio all day that has people thinking marshal law is going to be called any second, and we're all going to be sent to the "FEMA prison camps". I have friends who are otherwise perfectly intelligent people that truly believe the world as we know it is going to end... the whole US, if not world, is going to fall apart, and we're all going to be roaming around like Road Warrior any day now. And it's because they're brainwashed by all the nonsense you see and hear in the media. It's not the people who have no money that hurt everything... It's the people that DO have money, but are afraid they're going to end up like the people without money... so they don't spend it. If those people can just break out of that phobia and move on, then it gets better. But as long as they are inundated with bad news every single day, they are going to keep on thinking that way. Luckily most people just eventually get tired of not spending money and they just move on. I get the feeling that is starting to happen, inspired by the ridiculous deals you can get on major purchases right now. But it's a slow process. But I truly believe time is the only thing that can fix these things. No amount of money or legislature can cure fear. That's why I think all the money they keep throwing at this stuff is just a waste. But I just tell all my friends... Want to feel better? Just stop watching the news. I guarantee your attitude will improve 100%.