Geez, I fail to read John Scalzi for a few days and look what all he posts…
First, read this. As the middle-class technocrat son of a middle-class technocrat, I’ve never had to face poverty up-close and personal. It’s important to know, or to remember, what being poor in America really means.
It’s also important to know what being poor in the third-world means, for which read this couterpoint, on absolute poverty.
And then you should read this, on dealing with stress. The downside of living in the information age is that we have access to an unlimited flood of misery, heartache and tragedy piped right into our brains from around the world. I see a lot of anger on my daily blog-and-journal rounds. Sometimes it’s my own. To those who are close to the breaking-point, the advice in the above-linked post is timely:
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.
To live in one of those times need not mean turning one’s back on the other.