Saturday, August 20, 2011

On fixing what ails us

"If everyone howled at every injustice, every act of barbarism, every act of unkindness, then we would be taking the first step toward a real humanity."
Nelson DeMille
Perhaps I'm overly influenced by the unnecessarily screaming headlines, but I'm sensing there's been a lot of unkindness floating around the planet over the past while, and I'm not entirely sure why. All I know is that this needs to change. Do you agree?


Little Nell said...

Is it really any different, or is it just that the media blast it in our faces more? As a journalist you will know I am sure that what sells is sensational stories of murder and mayhem, the more hyped up the better. The good stuff gets tagged on at the end of the news and is usually something mundane or silly; very rarely uplifting in a real sense. There’s plenty of kindness still in the world and it does annoy me when people ask, “What’s hapening to our world today?” as though acts of evil and thoughtlessness are something new. People do just love to pile up tales of doom and gloom. So then we are back to the glass half empty or the glass half full question from earlier in the week. The front page of today’s ‘Times’ however, had a story about a senior judge who has overturned a sentence handed down, following the recent London riots. He said, “I’m an optimist. I’m a believer in giving people second chances in life. I don’t think anyone is totally lost.” Kindness? Uplifting? or common sense?

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Dionna said...

I would agree somewhat. Not sure if I would label it unkindness or simply selfishness.

Gilly's Camera said...

We each live in our own little world.........but we don't really, do we? Our lives interconnect, but only to the extent that each of us want them to. So, if i don't want another's pain to affect me, i can just dial it out, retreat into my own cocoon.
I can choose to ignore unkindness towards others, to a shocking degree. Injustice can ( on a bad day) be explained and the intelligence of that explanation is a sop to my guilt at doing nothing.Oh yes, and barbarism, that's an interesting one. That's something that other peopole do? People who are not like me, so I don't have to do anything about it right?

Allowing our hearts to begin to break ....could be a good starting place