Beheadings of American journalists in Iraq. The seemingly-unstoppable spread of the Ebola virus in Africa. Ongoing bloodletting between Israel and Hamas, bursting forth anew between periodic cease fires. Planes that inexplicably fall from the sky or disappear completely. Racial tensions erupting into violence in Middle America.
Whether we hear the news on our way to work, read it over breakfast, or see it regurgitated and analyzed repeatedly through our online and social media channels, it seems inescapable. And like it or not, it infuses itself into our psyche, taking direct aim at how we feel and react.