I recently heard of a family in Alaska that was surprised at home when a bear fell through the sky light in the ceiling of their living room. The family hustled out of the house and later the bear wandered out too. No one was hurt.
I hate stories like this because they give me new things to be anxious about. Up until the moment I heard the story, I had no anxiety about bears tumbling from the sky and disrupting my domestic tranquility. But now, this ghastly scenario is on my radar.
I recognize that it is unlikely, especially since my home has no sky lights and I live in a relatively bear-free neighborhood. But now this ugly chain of events occupies a tiny space in my mind. I think I was better off not knowing.
This is why I try to limit my intake of news in all forms to a tiny trickle. If one is careless and listens to everything that happens in the world, it can produce an overwhelming flood of worries from astroids and rampaging apes to zero-gravity and run-away zambonis.
Naturally, there’s a danger in being completely ignorant about events. But let’s not forget that being clueless also pays some excellent dividends.
Do you have any unpleasant knowledge in your head that you wish you could jettison?
March 6, 2019