When we were kids, one of the first practical jokes we learned to play on each other was to tell someone their zipper was down (or something was spilled on their shirt). When they would look down in alarm, the other person would say “made you look.” The person being pranked usually acknowledged the joke with a sarcastic “ha-ha.” I don’t know if that joke is popular today; but I’m going to assume not because for the joke to work you would first have to use a crowbar to pry the cell phone out of the kid’s hand to redirect their eyes elsewhere (sorry about the social commentary).
But young people today aren’t the only ones not paying attention. Adults are just as guilty when it comes to ignoring warnings, particularly financial ones. You can’t solve your problems if you won’t (a), look at them, or (b), acknowledge them. People think if they just ignore the threatening letters, bills, or phone calls, money problems will cease to exist. Not looking means not having to deal with the problem. That started me thinking about times when I have physically closed my eyes to avoid looking at something, and I came up with the following short list:
- Roller coasters
- Scary parts of horror movies
- Seeing any body part exposed that is normally under the skin
Okay. All Right. Some of the things we fear are not rational; they may not make sense to others who aren’t afraid of those issues. But closing your eyes when it comes to finances, while understandable, is a form of denial. No one cares if I cover my eyes when I ride the Blue Streak at Cedar Point, but a lot of people care if you don’t pay your bills. And they will not let you off the hook just because you don’t want to deal. They are going to be committed to “making you look.”