Some of you may know that I have absented myself from the news world for about three months now. The idea of ignorance being blissful is really quite true, and even though there are those who believe it’s important to stay informed, I need a vacation from it. I suggest having a day dedicated to reporting only GOOD NEWS! Unfortunately, I think the media might find it difficult to switch off the negative for even twelve hours. What is it that drives this insatiable hunger for negativity? Weren’t we once people that had a positive attitude? Before the internet there was no such thing as instant news. Whoops, I’ll take it back. I think when the troops became imbedded with news media during the Viet Nam War, is more likely to be the beginning of it all. Maybe even before that, during the McCarthy hearings that set a witch hunt on fire in the depths of politics, entertainment and even the average guy was accused of being a Communist. Taking it way back, the news of a revolution occurring in our country didn’t take long to spread around the world.
Well enough of my digression. The fact is we all need some good news and we need it right now. For example, someone made a fortune sewing masks for the COVID19 pandemic. The spreading of the Gospel has reached far and wide because of online church services and outreach ministry via Zoom. New ways of doing things were discovered and people started looking within their own homes for entertainment and social bonding.
We don’t have to search far for good news and wouldn’t we feel so much better if that old enemy would pack his bags and go back to hell where he comes from? We could again laugh at silly things without repercussions of being insensitive or politically incorrect. We could find humor in the absurd, like the old time prat falls or pies in the face. We could delight in sharing recipes, gardening tips, make our own clothes, but for most, that sounds too much like work.
How about funny animal antics – cats playing patty cake and dogs chasing their tails? How about the adorable babies diving into a blue frosted birthday cake and the resulting mess? Maybe we want to talk about the silly mistakes we make on a daily basis – like getting into the wrong car after visiting the ATM – or directing someone to follow that car, only to discover the car is parked. There are a million opportunities for us to laugh at ourselves and there’s really nothing wrong with that. In my opinion, we’re just getting too darn serious about everything.
A six year old boy helps his aging neighbor by cutting the grass for him. The aging neighbor rewards him with a glass of lemonade and some cookies. A young man helps an elderly person across the street and she rewards him with a purse to the back of his head. Ok maybe that’s no so funny, but you get the idea. I remember watching “Howdy Doody” as a child and couldn’t wait until Clarabelle, the clown would squirt someone with a bottle of seltzer water. Maybe that should become part of the daily news.
All I’m asking for is just one day of good news. Is that too much to hope for.?