Denial is one of the most powerful tools we humans use to protect ourselves in a world full of the inevitable. And why not?
If we were to dwell on all that could go wrong, or on the things we know certainly will—our own mortality for instance—life would be very bleak indeed.
We take comfort in the blinders we put on. But even if we submit that the Big One will come and there’s little we can do about it, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be at least a little bit prepared.
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