A proverb says that as you go down life’s highway, you should stop and smell the roses. I strongly disagree. The human race has fed itself into a positive feedback loop with some very negative results. We are working longer hours, are more stressed than has been known since the medieval ages, and thus so many are in such miserable conditions that if they were to comprehend their situation, (smell the coffee) the few good things would be drowned in overwhelming despair, nihilism, and other unhappy thoughts. I am personally in such a financial situation. I have remained more or less sane and non-depressed (if that’s not a word, it is now) due to the fact I never think about it. If you’re submerged in a swimming pool of molasses, the only things you can do are flail your arms ineffectively or to ignore it. The human race is ridiculously good at doing that.