Are We Being Too Complacent About the Economy Crumbling Around Us?
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CV also points out that crippling fear is not productive:
I'm one of the "crazy" 32 percent -- although I wasn't a participant in the poll. I'm not "scared witless," because I know that whatever happens, I will survive. … But one must be really flexible -- and that's tough if you're raising a family. Whatever the circumstance, being "scared witless" does nothing but paralyze your creativity and ingenuity.
Badkitty, however, writes that it is nevertheless important to be prepared:
I agree that being "scared witless" is not helpful generally, but understanding how scary things can get is important in preparing for the worst. I set up my family's life so we could always live on one income, which has worked very well for us, until December when my husband lost his job (I have been unemployed since June). Fortunately, that only lasted two weeks, although we could barely live on two unemployment checks (well, we did have to ask our parents for help on the health care costs). But if one of us is working, we can make our house payment (less than $600 a month) and buy food and pay bills.
Artkansas posits an optimistic interpretation of the findings cited in the article:
Only half as many people believe their job is secure as believed that Saddam had WMDs.
Tana Ganeva is an assistant editor at AlterNet.