It doesn’t take a depressive episode these days to realize that the world is screwed up. If I was writing this post in French I would use the words bâclé, foiré, mêlé, magané, fucké, bousillé, à l’envers. Economic inequality at its highest level yet according to some calculations, babies (who committed the grave crime of being born in the wrong country) missing out on vaccinations because of cost considerations, asylum seekers whose claims have not even been evaluated being treated like subhumans, religious dogma continuing to cost lives, people too preoccupied by finding enough to eat to fight for a better life, bloody conflicts rolling on far from the spotlight in West Africa, Central African Republic, Congo, Syria… economic austerity, services to rural areas slashed, cynical populist manipulation, friends of mine with full-time jobs losing them left right and center through no fault of their own…it’s enough to make you want to curl up in a ball and hide.
I’ve created a challenge for my fellow news geeks and observant world-events watchers (and, why not, journalists). Find something positive in the world every day. Someone who does something nice for someone else, finds something thought lost, rebuilds a life or simply shows courage and resilience in the face 0f this avalanche of shit raining down on us from all directions.
The goal of the 10-day good news challenge is not to deny or paper over the horrible, painful and all-too-real things going on in the world. That would be unfair to those living through them. The goal is to reach inside these events and find sincerity and human warmth. The world is scary but within it are good people doing good things. As Ryszard Kapuscinski (who would know) once wrote: “There is so much crap in this world, and then suddenly there is honesty and humanity.”
I’ll go first: