After enduring weeks of news (here in Queensland, Australia) broadcasting little else but details of a trial concerning a ghastly murder of a young woman by her husband, I was becoming reluctant to turn on the television or read a newspaper, for fear of being bombarded with more sad and grisly information.
And then ‘News’ became even more terrible, with the downing of flight MH17.
Imaginations of ordinary, everyday people are now overloaded with grief and wondering and worrying about the suffering of the hundreds of people who were on that flight, and the families left behind - to grieve and wonder and worry – maybe forever.
It is all so incomprehensible.
We, who have no direct contact with affected families are still affected in our own way and still grieve - in our own way. But we are able to escape the horror of it all as our days are filled with daily work and recreation activities.
At the risk of seeming very selfish, VERY selfish (!) what we need now is the occasional good, happy, positive ‘News’ story. I am even prepared to take in a happy animal story or news of a royal baby who has taken his first steps.
We are accustomed – wrong though it may be – of hearing and viewing the constant warring between Palestine and Israel; after all, horrendous as it may be, this fighting has been going on (and off) since the mid 1800s. The latest ‘peace process’ has apparently 'collapsed' and there doesn’t seem to be anything we can do to stop the carnage.
We shouldn’t ignore it, nor should we ignore any other war and terror activities.
But, again, being selfish, can someone, somewhere, report on some good news? Any good news!
There must be happy events happening somewhere in the world. Surely we’re not now condemned to forever view ‘News’ stories of terror and death. (sigh)
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