Well said Randal. Wow dude. I'm with you 100%! I've noticed it too over the past 10-20 years. The people I work with are terribly afraid at all times. I don't know how they can live like that. And then there's me...Mr. happy and optimistic. Always able to see the silver lining in any conversation. They hate that.
Don't think I am sticking my head in the sand. Quite the contrary. I watch the news, I occasionally look at news websites and newspapers, so I'm informed. But I think about it realistically. I used to be like everybody else and believe all the media hype, propaganda, lies, whatever you want to call it, but eventually I got wise and saw it for what it was. The media's job is to sensationalize everything and cause fear.
Years ago I took a statin daily because my doctor used fear to push it on me. And it worked like a charm. I took my pills religiously. He said, "If you don't start taking a statin immediately, as in today, you face a serious risk of having a heart attack!" I was 25 years old, with no symptoms of any disease or ailment, except for a high cholesterol number. His words scared the crap out of me. Screw him and his fear mongering.
“You may have thought you heard me say I wanted a lot of bacon and eggs, but what I said was: Give me all the bacon and eggs you have.” - Ron Swanson