Why does our media focus on news that bring us down or in the worst case, news that anger us? Do we need to see others suffering for us to appreciate what we have?
I don’t think so. In fact, I think a lot of us avoid news exactly because it shows us the ugly side of humanity. Too often I hear, “the world’s gone mad”.
It hasn’t. It’s always been mad in a way but that’s OK – we’re all mad a little bit, in our own way.
But more importantly, there is tons of good happening all over the world, it just doesn’t have a good PR. Traditional media plays the emotions it knows to be working: exasperation, indignation, gossip. But blogs are different.
We connect on a deeper, more human level and we have the opportunity to bring other emotions into the world: respect, awe, inspiration, love.
Most of us do exactly that, sharing lives, thoughts, pieces of art proving that the human soul can and does shine. It’s the beauty of blogging for me.
I’d like to invite you to look at the bigger picture as well: positive examples of others either in your own locality or on the other side of the world, people, organisations that make our world better.
It can be a vet who treats street dogs. A man who cleans rainwater. An organisation that provides free legal protection.
Some great bloggers joined forces to create a monthly event to share stories like these the last Friday each month. The next event is coming this week and you are cordially invited as they say!
Hope you’ll join. There are so many examples of good deeds all around us every day that needs the limelight. And what better medium than the wonderful blogging community?