Just a Thought — Nothing to Worry About?

One question frequently asked by presenters on news and current affairs programmes that I find particularly irritating is “Should we be worried about”.. this or that development, event or crisis?

The reason for my reaction is that worry is an entirely useless activity. It serves only to make us feel bad, takes up time, saps energy, leads to unhelpful, even damaging behaviours and gets us nowhere. It certainly doesn’t improve anything. So the idea that we should be worried about something or indeed anything is as nonsensical as it is preposterous.

If you can do something about a situation, do it. If you cannot, accept as much and move on. We just need to be able to distinguish between those things we can do something about and those we cannot.