Could insecurity be at the root of our fascination with "bad news"?

Recently I watched a TED talk in which the speaker put forth the theory that one of the reasons the public is so addicted to "bad news" is that an ancient part of our brain is always on the lookout for danger. Thousands of years ago the only way to survive was to see danger way ahead of time, so we evolved the knack of "looking for trouble."

I guess for many of us, that part of the brain is still alive and kicking, because with all the good things happening in the world, our country and our city, we still mostly hear about who was shot, what store got robbed, and how many people are out of work. There is another part of our brain, the newer, most recently developed part, which can imagine a future. (It’s said other animals can’t do this.) If we are on a steady diet of "bad news," it feeds into our ability to create the future scenarios of peace, good will and plenty for all. And as Einstein said, "Imagination is more important than knowledge."

This week I’m going on a diet: no sugar, no eating after 5pm, and no bad news!

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

Dalai Lama