It is a difficult and hard task to present bad news. As a physician I am faced with this task often, especially when dealing with chronic pain and spine problems or cancer where I have to inform patients that this problem has no cures and little solutions. It is hard as a physician to not be able to “fix” it and have to humbly admit that there are no cures for many of our pathologies. Consequently, in all aspects of life one has to ask themselves how do I handle bad news? There seems to be two common responses: “I don’t want to here it” or “think positively”. It is my belief that the best choice is that we need face it head on (hard as it is and painful) since the other choices are usually dangerous and usually you will be even worse off.
A scenario comes to mind. You are on the beach while on vacation playing volley ball and a man tells you a Tsunami is coming. How do you handle the information? You could say “I don’t want to here it or just think positive my friend - you are too negative”. Do you keep playing the game, put your head in the sand or do you face it and run for the hills? Life is that way, it is hard and rarely does one profit from ignoring the truth in the long term, but conversely is usually worse off and much harder if you do. The famous quote from Jesus Christ is “The Truth sets you free”. What he did not say is it is usually very painful before you get there! We should not be mislead by the common thinking that the power of positive thinking will make this go away. All the positive thinking you can muster up will not change the fact that if you walk on thin ice you are going down! I do not want you to think that I am in favor of being negative, but rather be a realist and look for solutions - that's the optimist as Winston Churchill said it so well: “ the pessimist sees the problems in every solution, while the optimist sees the solution in every problem”. Don’t stop looking for solutions.
So as you look at this recent interview with Karl Denninger keep that in mind. This is tough news on our economy and particularly health care in our country. So get ready- “a Tsunami is coming”