This is fantastic. Fantastic! The world keeps getting better but the press keeps getting worse. We must not mistake what we see in the media as what’s going on. That’s what they showed us or told us about, but that will always be the most extreme thing they can find because that’s more compelling to watch. So at every event they’ll always be on the lookout for the strangest thing they can find.
This echo chamber of emotional tone leads to newscasts and newsfeed stories that tilt heavily toward the bleak. Bleak sells security systems, insurance, weapons, diets, pills, etc. We sit, secure, inside our own protected homes, trapped watching stories about how scary the world is. Count the comedies versus the movies where a city gets half-destroyed. We definitely have a media tilt toward the worst aspects of humanity and life on Earth.
None of that means that there aren’t amazing things happening in this world every day. Everyone acts like major breakthroughs in science or food or communication or human relations happened on the day the public found out about them–not at all! These projects took years. We see a new one come out every few days.
Doing the math, if we say these really amazing projects average about two years in the making, that’s 104 weeks. Say we see three of these in a week. That’s 312 incredible inventions like this one that are all in the works as you read this! At least. How can we not be excited about this? If you think the world is getting worse it’s your view that’s bleak, not the world. Get out of the loop of negative thinking and spend some time looking at what’s really going on in the world. Because in the right frame of mind, it really is an amazing place to be.
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Have a fantastic weekend everyone. Appreciate your loved ones.
Scott McPherson is an Edmonton-based writer, public speaker, and mindfulness facilitator who works with individuals, companies and non-profit organizations locally and around the world.