I agree with your point around the 1st world being currently a pretty safe & secure environment to live in.(this is probably for a different thread, but)I have mixed feelings about that...I think we are exposed to so much horridness that doesn't really effect our lives...even indirectly, other than through the news. The actual "horror" factor in my life, thankfully, is pretty much nil. I was close to the scene of a terrorist attack in my town a couple of months ago, and I think I've been so desensitized by news that the sight of swat teams and ambulances was more "fascinating" than "terrifying".That was shocking - to blinker oneself away so far from the world. Our concern is that this is now affecting her mental resilience and she's becoming hyper-sensitive to mundane problems.
I just don't know if it is a healthy thing *not* to be upset by things like that. I just finished watching (my choice) video of an officer being shot in Paris...I am saddened, but it is still unreal. I got rid of cable TV a few years ago, so now the horror doesn't drone in the background all the time...I have to make more of an effort to seek it out. The statistical reality is that we (Westernets, at least, but probably in most of the World) are living in the most secure, well fed time ever. .
Is hiding from the news similar to a meat eater hiding from the slaughtering process; not liking to eat meat that looks like it came from an animal?