One gets a certain perspective from studying ancient wisdom. If nothing else, you learn how little the human beast has changed, especially in our continual over reaction to everything. As I get older, being cursed with a good memory, every new media panic seems to me more and more like a boring repeat. This article by the recovering apocaholic, Gary Alexander,
may give younger readers a little perspective. As Sun Tzu says, it is most often our reaction to the situation that is dangerous rather than the situation itself. Perhaps the biggest example of this is the "Silent Spring" scare over DDT, which has killed millions in Africa, mostly children, over baseless fears.