Our society is addicted to pain killers. We’ve lost our tolerance to pain so we try to avoid it all costs. Our addiction isn’t surprising. We pump kids full of unearned self esteem by not keeping score in little league. Rather than let Johnny learn to deal with the pain of disappointment, we pretend he did fine.
We bail out banks whose management made bad decisions, car makers who are getting beat by competitors and homeowners who can’t pay their bills, all to avoid the pain of this (credit freeze), that (job losses) or the other (someone having to give up the nightmare of owning a home they can’t afford).