Sunday, October 23, 2011

The 'good' news

 Toni Lucas, Columnist, Pincher Creek Voice

Toni Lucas
    The last week has been a whirlwind of news from the world.  Muammar Gaddafi, leader of Libya for over four decades, is dead.  Spain has had a government and church run baby trafficking ring exposed.  China is being publicly shamed in response to a video of a small child being ran down in the streets.  Occupy Wall Street has spread worldwide, exposing plans of a new world order on behalf of "the one percent" that includes corporate immunity for crimes including torture and slavery, and plans of conglomeration into a single "North American Union".  Even the heavens were unsettled with the rumors of comet Elenin, prophecies of doom echoing from the past.

     There is so much going on across the globe that would never reach our consciousness before.  When I was growing up international news was delivered on television in short blips lasting 30 seconds to 2 minutes. Now, thanks to instant global communication,  I can usually find a number of points of view, and millions of words,  about news happening anywhere around our planet with just a few keystrokes. The amount of time that I spend investigating any given topic is now up to me to decide.

     I enjoy hearing about the 'good' news.  The baby being saved from the burning building, the dog that was lost making it's way home, the hometeam winning the big game.  There was a plethora of feel-good news right here in our own hometown this week, much of which I reported on.  In many cases it involved people I know from business, school, work, volunteering, and day-to-day life.  They are my neighbours, friends, the people I nod at on the street.  I get to revel in my genuine happiness at reporting on the local 'good' news.

     It helps me to put into perspective the news blasted at me from main-stream media.  I have to surmise that there is good news and personal triumphs in China, Spain, USA and even the skies this week, that will never reach me.  Bad news sells, and travels fast and far.  The grapevine hums with activity over what makes us worry or outrage us much more than cheer.

     I would like to believe that the world is a fair and just place, that rights are respected, and decency reigns supreme. I want to believe that the people in power are benevolent and looking out for the best interests of all.  Unfortunately,  knowledge supersedes those beliefs.  Perhaps ignorance is bliss, but knowledge is power, and an armour against lies.

1 comment:

  1. Phil Burpee24/10/11

    As Michael Moore has pointed out in some detail in his films, the propagation of Fear through malign reportage is a primary tool of intellectual, financial, cultural and spiritual enslavement. And enslavement is exactly the ongoing intent of those who would totally commodify the human condition. Choosing to focus on the formative, rather than the degenerative elements of the 'news', is an act of bright insurrection. It is indeed necessary to know where we are in peril, and why -(aka the 'bad' news), but at the same time to recognize that awareness is progressively loosening the grasp of cruelty, greed and stupidity. As Mr. Dylan has noted - "Truth is an arrow, and the gate is narrow that it passes through."


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