What’s right with this world?

by Rod Harvey, Gold Coast, Australia

When I read newspapers, peruse social media, listen to radio and watch television, it’s quite easy to assume that there is not much right with our world.

Each week I see stories about violence, obesity, starvation, poverty, greed, illness, disease, bullying, gossip, complaining and so on. While it’s important to be informed about what is going on (however unsavoury), I cannot help but think that as media continues to focus on the sensational to make money, we receive an unbalanced perspective.

Because we are inundated with negativity, our viewpoint of the world and people may become impaired and our focus shifts to underlying pessimism, or even despair.

But there’s something that doesn’t gel here, because overall, the world that I see and the majority of people in it are awesome. There is so much to be inspired about.

Technology has given us the opportunity to instantly connect with people around the globe and bring us closer together. It appears to me that we’re all very much the same, but what can divide us are different opinions, particularly those about religion, beliefs, nationality, allegiances and what should be done to fix the world.

Yet because another has a different opinion, that does not make them any lesser or any greater. Their opinion is equally as valid as mine, no matter how far removed our points of view are. Provided there is no harm done physically, emotionally or psychologically, we can work through our differences.

We have built up our own protective barriers and shields, but deep down our essence is love. By taking time out to quietly feel that love within, we can then look into another’s eyes with openness and truly connect.

I believe it’s necessary to speak up and expose injustices. At the same time, I feel it’s also essential for me to be alert and not miss out on the incredible opportunities that are presented to me daily (that I was previously insensitive to) which reinforce the marvels of our world and the ‘wonderfulness’ of people.

Rather than hold out for an intangible ideal of hope somewhere in the future, I say: “Why not take a fresh look at life right now?” There is so much that is right in this world. Let’s call it, tell it, show it, celebrate it and be part of it.

We may be pleasantly surprised at what we discover…

175 thoughts on “What’s right with this world?

  1. I just have to read a blog like this and I know there is a lot to celebrate in life. Yes, there is a lot that is not true in the world but the essence within people is love and that cannot be changed so it comes out shining in all sorts of unexpected and delightful ways.

  2. Well said Rod for the solid establishment of a true connection to ourselves and others to found all of our relationships on is what the world needs in order to support clearing up the hurts and the mess we have created.

  3. I agree that there is definitely a trend of sensationalising extreme events designed to shock people, which has a demoralising effect on people. It can make us believe that there is no love in the world, however it has been my experience that while there are many events that are not great, the bottom line is that love is much greater than any of that, and there are many loving moments which need to be equally reported on and shared with each other.

  4. There is little in the media that is of any truth. No only do the media distort what is true to be a sensational story they also do not report on events we actually need to know about such as the rates of illness and disease etc. What is more startling though is the fact that they only respond to what people ask for. Is humanity simply wanting to avoid truth at all costs?

  5. Influence plays a big part in the world. For example, when you haven’t met a person yet but someone tells you what they think of them and puts a negative spin on it, it then influences how you see them. Even when you think you haven’t been influenced it’s still there in the back of your mind… unless you feel from within and connect with them from there. This is the same with the news.

  6. We don’t often live in full appreciation of ourselves and so then our ability to appreciate and truly value others is limited and replaced with emotional conditions on each other.

  7. We have lost the art of true journalism, newspapers prefer the sensationalist stories to printing the truth as it makes more money – so it seems it’s the ones buying the newspapers that are demanding the supply.

  8. It’s the constant feed of all that is not. The demand for evil that is continually asked for. If we demanded love could it be possible that the papers would change?

  9. How different it would be if the media, newspapers, magazines and social media only reported the positive aspect of life, the world would certainly be very different, the written word is very powerful when it is used to bring out the best in people or situations.

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