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Fiction is society-scale exposure therapy. We create simulated crises in the form of drama. Which paradoxically helps you to live in the face of potential calamity. If you find the world scary and overwhelming, you should read more fiction. Preferably something really depressing and horrible.
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There's an interesting idea in Charles Baxter's "The Art of Subtext" that airport books are superficial for a reason. You don't want to engage actual drama on an airplane, because the experience is already frightening. So airport novels always skim the surface. They avoid offering any kind of meaningful exposure.
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I'm with you! Octavia Butler and her dystopian stories come to mind reading this. I find reading fiction also extremely important to keep our imagination sharp and vivid, fundamental qualities when dealing with an overwhelming world.
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