I've been noticing the finance reports on the news more so lately.

It is amazing how a rumour here and there can immediately affect stock prices or oil prices. This cannot be healthy for the future of humanity and this planet, considering how these few simple numbers have such an impact on business activity.

How weird and absurd is this situation? Mere speculation, hear-say, or deliberate gossip lead directly to people losing livelihoods, or increased consumption and production (resource use). These numbers get prime time in the news - which further boost their perceived importance.

When businesses run around chopping and changing direction in reaction to the smallest rumours, it only breeds fear and myopic thinking.