Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Yes, There Is Still Good In The World

I turned off the news for the most part some months back. It’s sad to see what American journalism has become in a nation that once prided itself on the integrity of its free and independent press. It’s difficult to find any evidence of the journalistic integrity our press once had in reporting today. So little of journalism today involves reporting facts, and so much of it is partisan opinion which is overwhelmingly negative. I’ve simply switched it off.

I know a few things to be true. The world is not ending. Half our population hasn’t gone insane. America as we know it has not ended, nor is it likely to any time soon. And the greatest truth I know is that we become what we consume, and when we buy into all that negativity we become negative and pessimistic ourselves. We start to believe the garbage we consume.

But the world hasn’t changed as much as you’re being led to believe. In fact, there is still good in the world—a lot of good in the world! That hasn't changed in the last year, or five years, or twenty years, or hundred years. That’s because people are just people regardless of how we’ve been herded, divided, and labeled.  The majority of people are essentially good and do good things. If you turn off those televisions and put down those phones and look around you’ll see it everywhere. You just have to look for the good in the world instead of obsessing over the bad.

For instance, last weekend a few members of my Lodge went to a nursing home where one of our members is recovering from an illness. He’s a WWII veteran and celebrating his 93rd birthday soon.  For the last month or so he hasn’t been able to attend our meetings, so our members went to him.  They not only wished him a happy birthday, but installed him as the Tyler of our Lodge--the chair where he's served our Lodge for many, many years.

For instance, Sunday I was at a stoplight. The car in front of me rolled down the window and handed a Burger King bag to a homeless man standing on the corner.

For instance, yesterday I was taking a walk during my lunch hour, and a young woman commented that she liked my tie. That made me smile.

For instance, this morning I stopped at Walmart to buy coffee for my office, and a lady in the checkout dropped money on the floor. Nobody noticed it until she left. But the guy behind her who was up to be checked out next saw it and picked it up. He stepped out of line and ran after her—she was already outside. All four people in line waited patiently for him to come back so he wouldn’t lose his place in line—he was gone three or four minutes and nobody said a word about waiting for him.

In the end, the only way we get through this ugliness in our society today is to start judging the state of things for ourselves. We have to start thinking for ourselves rather than letting others decide how we feel about everything. Instead of attacking the things we don’t like, we need to be involved in building up those things we all care about.

We aren’t as different as we’re led to believe. We need to get past the labels others have pinned on us and start seeing people as people again.  And above all else—stop looking for things to be unhappy about, and start looking for things we can all celebrate and appreciate.

~Todd E. Creason, 33°

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