YES: Despite our tendency to forget current affairs, being concerned with them empowers us in developing our personal, intellectual and societal capacities to effectively address present and future challenges.
The economic impacts generated by current affairs may have an immediate significance on our lives and material well-being, making it a practical concern for both individuals and societies to attend and respond to them.
Some current affairs have their roots in complex political and social causes, making the act of understanding and unraveling them a mentally stimulating challenge which helps develop our analytical capacities to deal with other challenges in life.
Current affairs may generate wide-ranging social and cultural impacts, and being aware of them helps we decide the extent to which we should allow these trends to affect our sense of identity as both individuals and a society.
NO: Current affairs are often unpredictable in their development and irrelevant to our lives, making it possible for us to be less concerned with or even ignore them entirely.
Current affairs that generate immediate but short-term economic impacts will likely have a reduced effect on individuals or even communities who are less integrated into the modern global economy, making it possible for them to ignore such developments.
Some current affairs may be rooted in political and social causes which are beyond our ability to influence, making it less worthwhile for us to be concerned with or even remember them if we have other more pressing priorities that demand our attention.
Some current affairs may generate trivial or relatively insignificant social and cultural impacts and our concern with them should be marginal at best so as to reduce their ability to adversely affect our sense of identity as both individuals and a society.