One of the reasons we are more anxious on planes than in cars is because every time a commercial airline crashes, news outlets tell us. Heavily and graphically.
Websites, TVs, and newspapers bombard us with images of the smoking wreckage, the grieving families, the smiling faces of the lost.
We may comprehend than there are far more victims of car crashes than plane crashes each year, but their reporting is nearly inaudible, their carnage invisible. What we don’t see, we tend not to worry much about.
Perhaps, for public mental health, we should stop reporting on plane crashes.
Or perhaps, for public physical health, we should start reporting on car crashes. Heavily and graphically.