The dying culture of good news

A look at the morning news on any given day presents stories of things that went down the day before. They are mostly awful, macabre events: terrorist attacks, war, kidnapping, natural disasters, epidemics, police brutality, political drama, hunger, disease, trafficking, domestic violence, embezzlement, fraud and celebrity scandals.
These are the realities of our everyday life, part of the human experience. In as much as they unfold daily, we have the power to choose what to report, to read, to celebrate. Continuous exposure to such news might develop into an aversion for good news, a ‘syndrome’ which makes one think that a day is not complete without a bad event.
Don’t get me wrong, bad things happen, so does good things. As we try to solve everyday problems that arise, let us not forget about the good things too: the sun rose today, the seasons change, planting season is here, it’s mango season, there is a holiday tomorrow, the land is green, a baby was born yesterday, a child is studying to become a medical doctor, we have fresh graduands from the University who are professionals. These stories give hope; hope is the greatest weapon of the human race.

1 Comment

  • We really need to go back to sharing good news and little or no attention to the bad news and scandals here and there. Subconsciously it is almost like from one sad event to the other. That once you make a statement like “have you heard” the mind of the person you have said this to goes exactly to one unfortunate event. Never minding if what you want to share with him or her is a good news.

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