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“Violence is interesting, which makes it a great obstacle to world peace and more thoughtful television programming.” — P.J. O’Rourke

Crisis, conflict and violence are the prevailing themes of our 24/7 media. If some stranger talked to us the way newscasters do, we’d tell them to go jump in a lake. Likewise, if our boyfriends made us feel the way headlines often do, our friends would line up for an intervention. “Toss the jerk out on his head,” they’d say.

Living in fear sells products, creates economies, elects politicians and keeps the flying monkeys on the job. But it’s not the truth about the world.

The reality is that the world is safer today than at anytime in history. The murder rate has plummeted in the last ten years. School shootings are no more prevalent than they were in Leave it to Beaver days. In fact, collaboration, goodness and, yes, love are the norm.

It’s just that the dominant paradigm, the one we’ve blindly bought into is “life sucks.” Any thought to the contrary is sidelined immediately by the 27-inch box in the corner of most of our living rooms (and kitchen and bedrooms). In fact, if you pay attention to the box — and most of us use it to form our view of reality — you have little choice but to conclude that murder, rape, war, and genocide is the human condition.

But if you look at it scientifically, the math just doesn’t work out. For every Quran-burning Terry Jones, there are hundreds of thousands ministers who aren’t burning the Quran, who are espousing peace and love and tolerance. For every Scott Peterson, there’s millions of husbands who didn’t murder their wives.

As I said in my book, God Doesn’t Have Bad Hair Days: Ten Spiritual Experiments That Will Bring More Abundance, Joy, and Love to Your Life:

Every day, we’re spoon-fed “news” about missing children, identity theft, the mild-mannered neighbor who walks into work with an AK-47 and a bomb pack and blows up his boss and 27 co-workers. Why do we think this is news?

On the same day (Feb. 18, 2008), two-year-old Karissa Jones was abducted from her home in Louisville, Ky., (by her father, as it turns out), there were 53,298 two-year-olds in Kentucky who didn’t get abducted, who were safe and sound at home, happily sipping apple juice from their Winnie-the-Pooh high chairs. Nearly a million children of all ages in Kentucky also didn’t get abducted that same day.

Why is Karissa the “news?”

News, by definition, is new information that teaches people about the world. Picking out what happened to two-one thousandth of one percent of the state’s two-year-olds is not an accurate picture of the world. If you ask me, what happened to the other 53,298 two-year-olds is a bigger story. Or at least it’s more realistic news.

What you see on the newscasts at night, what you read in the morning newspaper is not a realistic perception of our world. It’s an anomaly, an out-of-character thing that happened at one moment in time. News junkies pride themselves on believing they’re well-informed. Because they know what Ann Curry said about the latest layoffs at Boeing and what Morley Safer reported on the earthquake in New Zealand, they smugly believe they’re up on current events.

But do they know about the African-American postman in Germantown, Tenn., who jumped into a lake to save a couple whose brakes went out of their car when they were coming home from a hospital dialysis treatment? Do they know about the Marysville, Ks., attorney who flew, on his own dime, to Israel to donate a kidney to a 10-year-old he’d never met?

Thinking you’re informed because you watch the news is like thinking you understand a zoo when you’ve only seen the “Z” on the entryway sign. It’s not a complete picture, guys. It’s not even a good picture. I’m not going to argue that you can’t find the letter “Z” at any zoo. But if you try to convince me you’re a zoo expert or even that you have a faint understanding of what a zoo is all about because you’ve seen a “Z,” well, I’m sorry, I have no choice but to argue.

Attention-grabbing headlines and newscasts are nothing more than a sales tool, no more “factual” than The Simpsons. Isolated incidences get turned into frightening trends and our own thoughts have become conditioned to leap to the worst.

My mission is to free readers from the straitjacket of the relentless news media. Instead of asking “What’s wrong?”, a question we hear over and over again, I’d like to pose a simple question with the power to change the world: “What’s right?”

Pam Grout is the author of 16 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.

Follow Pam Grout on Twitter: www.twitter.com/PamGrout

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via Good News on Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/pam-grout/time-for-an-intervention_b_2630154.html

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Flipper the kitten has an unlikely group to thank for saving her life: high school students.

Flipper suffers from a twisted spine, a disability that’s left her hips and hind legs abnormally rotated at a 90-degree angle to the rest of her body. As a result, notes KDVR, when she “walks,” her back legs, turned sideways, can only flop along the ground.

When students in the Blitz Robotic Club at Conifer High School in Conifer, Colo., learned the 9 month-old kitten was slated to be put down as a result of a birth defect, well, they were smitten and decided to help.

They designed several different modes of transportation for the cat, ultimately settling on a sort of “chariot” to relieve the pressure on her hips and help Flipper recover.

Against the odds, the club’s efforts have paid off, the Denver Post reports.

“There’s been significant improvement,” H.C. Gurney, the veterinarian, told the paper. “And that supposedly doesn’t happen.”

As Mashable’s Neha Prakash quips, “So, thanks, Conifer High School, you did the rest of us cat lovers (that means the entire Internet) proud.”

Flipper is one of at least two other animals with disabilities that have made the Internets smile this week. Chris P. Bacon, a lovable piglet, won over audiences with his spunk and fashionable wheelchair, and a spirited goldfish made waves with her very practical floating harness.

Also on HuffPost:

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via Good News on Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/07/flipper-cat-wheelchair-chariot-conifer-high-school_n_2638796.html


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