Monday, July 11, 2016

Should we really lose faith?


I saw a public poll a couple of weeks ago stating that almost 90% of adults think that the world is going in the wrong direction. 

90%!!

While these feelings are understandable, are they really justified? 

I would venture to guess that the poll would have had the same results whether taken in 2016, 1996, 1965, 1917, 1850, or any other random year.

I think we are always inclined to believe that the world is going to hell in a hand-basket. 

Terrorism, famine, mass shootings, economic collapses, genocides, environmental degradation, etc. I can understand people's lack of faith in the world. 

But I do not agree with it

All of the aforementioned problems have been occurring for decades, if not longer. 

We have overcome a lot, as a species. We have survived two world wars, multiple genocides, the cold war, maniacal dictators, American Idol, etc. ​

More democracies exist today than at any other time in history. 

People are living longer than ever. 

The hole in the ozone layer is closing more and more every year. 

Volunteerism around the world is at an all-time high.

There is good happening in the world. But we lose sight of that because the only things making the news are the bad things. It is easy to fall into the trap of being blinded by the bad. 

Perhaps I am naive. It would not be the first time. 

What do you think? Is the world really worse off than it has ever been? Is there more bad than good?

229 comments:

  1. Personally I think that world goes in the wrong direction...

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  2. I hope you are right. I really hope so. I am not sure though. The hole in the ozone layer is closing, but other news on the climatic front is not good.
    And politically we are reckless and aggressive.
    There is good. Lots of good. But I worry that it is swamped...

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  3. I worry about whether anyone knows what direction the world is going. Perhaps it depends on where you live and how much you have of the essentials.

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  4. What humans do terribly well is come up with solutions to problems. While it might be better to be proactive, that doesn't seem to be the way the world works. I think we must keep faith and remain cynical.

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  5. I agree - the media skews what is happening so much and the really bad things grab all the headlines. Because of social media, bad news spreads like wildfire.

    However, I do feel that sometimes the deeds or massacres are getting worse - that is due to the fact that we have more powerful weapons these days.

    In all the negative press, it is easy to forget that good exists and that we should love it more than the evil in the world.

    Thank you for reminding us of this.

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  6. As of this past week, we have lost "Faith" in Everything... we are terminal... now just waiting for our Death, and an End to our suffering...

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  7. I think that - at least here in the United States - there are more apathetic and indifferent people than ever before, and that frightens me.
    The world is indeed in complete chaos and faith is one of the few things we still have left.

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  8. I don't know if it's worst than ever but it's sure not good.

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  9. Je pense que les hommes ne changent pas, ils pensent à leur bien-être et à leur profit d'abord, pour la plupart, mais des hommes de bonne volonté il y en aura toujours, mais dans une moindre mesure...
    Belle photo
    Bonne journée chez vous

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    1. La traduction est mauvaise, par GG, mais je pense que vous avez compris le sens !

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  10. You are right, we can do it. With love, we can do it.

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  11. I needed your perspective today. It does feel like the world is falling apart at an alarming rate because people are turning against each other. But you are right, these situations are not new. You are also right there is good in the world. The positive isn't shared as quickly, but it is there.

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  12. I'm glad I popped in today. With everything going on in the world - and particularly my piece of it - I was beginning to feel very depressed. Thanks for knocking depression away.

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  13. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2DvB9BuHGg

    perhaps we all need to see this video.

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  14. I believe in the good, there are always bad/horrific incidents that I don't believe are the norm. I feel that the media portrays the bad as it is what sees news unfortunately. I do think the is a great deal of unjust going in on but you're right it's been going on many times over the years. We have come through a great deal, I hope we make it through many more and that it strengthens us all xox

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  15. Well, I belong to those 90% that believe " the world is going in the wrong direction". This process of deterioration is been going on for ages, in fact since the world's Creation. Immediately after creation, Man started to violate its order.

    If you believe in the supernatural Power, in God (I believe) it seems He or It is very angry with us people; look around you carefully at the results of that anger: the climate is getting crazy everywhere, natural disasters are increasing in number and intensity, migration from one continent to another is causing social collapse , nuclear ability is spreading etc..
    These are signs that indicate His will to reset the world, starting by eliminating the existing one.
    With any luck, it may take decades.


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  16. I do hope you're right and that things are better than they seem. Otherwise, it's a pretty depressing place to be just now.

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  17. Hi! I think the rich would become more rich,The poor would become more poor. I do not know what shall we do.Thanks for sharing.

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  18. I think the Middle Ages would've been a crappier time to live.
    Some aspects of the world are worse. But for all the negative, there is a ton of positive and people who still have hope and faith.

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  19. I like to look back to simpler times, but I try to enjoy today and have faith tomorrow will come.

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  20. In answer to the question in the title of this post, I do not think that we should lose faith. We should maintain faith that Heavenly Father has all of this under control. The battle is already won.

    Morality is taking a plunge, though perhaps other things are okay. Most people do seem to want to do good for others. There is both bad and good in this world. Sometimes more good, sometimes more bad.

    We can't stop all of what is going on out there, but we can control our own actions to a degree. We need to do what we know is right to do and continue to trust that Heavenly Father has it all under control.

    We have to keep the faith and hope even when it seems all hope is lost.

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  21. We don't hear the good news, I agree. However the threat of terrorism around the globe seems to over-shadow so much these days and global warming is melting the ice caps. Holding on to the good news is tough.

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  22. I think we must always hold on to hope. As hope is what keeps us striving for a better world.

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  23. I've often wondered what people who lived through various hard times have thought. Imagine living through The Depression? I bet they thought times were rough.

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  24. "Life is beautiful" is the title of a song even if in this period is hard to go on with all these bad news...
    Love

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  25. I agree that many if not most people would respond negatively no matter when in history they were asked. I wish I could feel as positively as you do. Most days, I don't hold out much hope. I just read a quote somewhere that said, "If you think the glass is half empty, get a smaller glass." I'm going to try to be more like you. Thanks!

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  26. I agree with you. Even in biblical times, people were certain that "the end" was near and they anticipated the second coming of the Lord.
    The human progress that most appeals to me today is our collective agreement that factory farming practices and puppy mills are inhumane, unacceptable and need to stop. Throw in zoo animal acts and safari "hunting," too. I am happy to see progress in these areas!

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  27. Great question! I think we see what we look for. I choose to look for good. Evil has no problem identifying itself. Good is often hidden and needs coaxing into public view. Stay cool in the German heat!

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  28. No. we shouldn't, I agree Keith. Although faith is different it helps to live.

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  29. No, we shouldn't lose faith, but the news has been bad lately, and I can see why some people would be discouraged. Yes, we've come a long way, but sometimes I think the world goes backwards. There has been some tension and instability recently and just a weird vibe ~ all the senseless mass shootings and terrorist attacks as of late. Why the unrest? Maybe it's politically or economically driven. We need to do more good to overcome the bad.

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  30. I think everyone would be happier if they just tried to live simple lives and stayed away from the media all together.

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  31. There is good happening in the world, but I see also many negative trends. Technology progresses, but to me social history looks cyclical. I HOPE it is.

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  32. I'm really not surprised to hear that almost everyone thinks the world is headed in the wrong direction. I can't really remember thinking things were ever going in the right direction. While I would prefer to look at teh positives it's very difficult to do that at times.

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  33. Not sure if we all survived American Idol though ;) -- thanks for this post today -- after everything that happened last week, it is a good food for thought :)

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  34. First, I have to say you injected some humour in here that did make me laugh so thank you !
    As off handed as this might sound I wonder if each individual that answered might be influenced by how they are actually feeling at that moment when asked ? .. if they were having a good day a more positive response might have been invoked ? and of course vice versa.
    Perhaps even the Dickens quote from the Tale of Two Cities "it was the best of times and the worst of times"
    I have to confess to hiding from the world as much as possible .. too much heartache and stress seeing the "bad" happening yet hoping for the best to eventually come out and take over .. so what do I think ? I think we try to go forward .. but we have to try a lot harder ..

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  35. als alle goede dingen eens gepubliceerd werden dan waren de mensen ook weer veel blijer.

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  36. I don't think the world is worse, just a different chaos, different people, plus add the fact that we know about the sad, the bad and crime before it actually happens due to social media and modern devices. :) The world is still a wonderful place to be with many good people.

    Great article.
    T

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  37. American Idol... ;-) I tend to be among those who think things are taking a backward step, but I'm hoping it's to spring ahead into something good.

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  38. From what I have come across, all of the actual data suggests that the world is getting better, but we've never had such access to bad news as we have now.

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  39. You make a good case. There has always been good and bad and I'm not sure that has changed. What has changed today is technology - the capacity for good or evil is much greater than it's ever been. And in the U.S., hatred, racism, and ignorance are raising their ugly heads as they have done before. Hopefully, the good people in this land can turn that around.

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  40. The world is a crazy place right now, but I think all we can do individually is be the best we can be. Then collectively, our own piece of the world is better.

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  41. I don't believe we're the worst we've ever been, but I don't believe we're the best we've ever been either. I do think that we are inundated by news intended to divide us, mostly made possible by social media. Everyone is a reporter now. There's no filter.

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  42. I think the way the media reports tragedies affects how many people look at the world. When you think about how much publicity one frustrated unstable individual gets for a horrendous act, it changes people's perspectives. One or two misguided individuals (be it Terrorists or frustrated individuals) does not mean that the majority of people aren't good and want peace. Yes, the world is changing... and so much of it has been good... but it does take time and with the increasing world population, there will be problems. But personally, I think we have the means to solve them... whether it be feeding the hordes, overcoming Terrorists, or living through a climate change. And although I'm not especially religious, I do believe that faith, hope, and love do play a part.

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  43. The problem with the good ole days is that they weren't very good for some people! We had sickness, racism, slavery, world war... They world has always presented challenges yet it remains an amazing planet!

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  44. Yeah, nut case place. But then it has always been. We actually live in a safer time than any other time, for now anyway.

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  45. The world is a crazy place now I must say. To much bad things is happend, but I am glad that optimistic people like you are in this crazy world. Take care!

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  46. Bad things have always happened and will as well as many good things too. But I believe things are getting worse and I believe that the farther people get away from God the worse it will get.

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  47. I don't believe the world is worse off than it has been in the past, and I'd like to believe we're doing better overall. Due to mass communication we have more access to what's going on in the world and the emphasis seems to be on the bad stuff.

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  48. Hello,
    A special statement. But also all the misery in the world laid straight become onto your plate by the Internet and all media. While the positives things get much less attention.

    Kind regards,
    Marco

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  49. I think the world is changing; it is a different one before the internet and the availability of the technology we have today. I have been doing lots of thinking over the past week and have arrived to the conclusion, after reading a lot of other people's thinking over the past week, that the news channels are on 24/7; they need to fill in that space with news. They look for sensational news to fill the time, something that will attract viewings, because again, everything is determined by ratings.

    So they report stories that will spark interest and maybe controversy and perhaps even unrest. In the old days when news was only on for 30-60 minute increments a few times a day, they could not simply report it all. It was still happening, but wasn't as widespread reported as today.

    Then add on technology where you can get info out so very quickly. The Dallas incident, the man was checking out and involved in a police hatred group not even based in Dallas. More than likely a few short years ago he would not have even known of something like that, but again, technology makes us have access to a lot of these things.

    There is still a lot of good in this world. But people need to get a grip on technology and the media, otherwise we'll keep slipping as time goes on.

    betty

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  50. If there was ever a truly peaceful time where people were healthy, enlightened, and filled with love for their neighbors, I missed that chapter in history.

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  51. Oh I do believe the world is slowly going to hell

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  52. I believe in the good. Holding on to hope...

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  53. I think each generation worries that things are worse than they've ever been. There is a lot of good in the world. Today's perception of bad has a lot to do with the social media and 24/7 news coverage. We see the bad replayed over and over.

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  54. You make a good point. We HAVE to be hopeful. But I do tend to agree with the first commenter...with the feeling that the world is going in the wrong direction. I really am afraid of what will happen in the upcoming Presidential election. I have never been afraid during an American election process before & I shake my head at the mentality of those who even consider Mr. T an acceptable President. I do HOPE sanity soon returns....

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  55. I think you hit the nail on the head, only the sensational and bad news make the headlines, it's sad to think people are more attracted to this type of news :( if we can survive the Kardashians we can survive anything..maybe 😃

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  56. I think you hit the nail on the head, only the sensational and bad news make the headlines, it's sad to think people are more attracted to this type of news :( if we can survive the Kardashians we can survive anything..maybe 😃

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  57. I'm not sure if the world is any worse than it has been, but with the news and social media, I think we are just more aware of the bad things going on in the world - and let's face it - the news and social media only sensationalize things. I do agree with Jon ^ that people are more apathetic than ever though. Therein lies one of the problems.

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  58. Times now are hard but certainly, they have been worse and we have moved on and recovered from the previous troubles. I do believe we will continue to move forward. We are so much better than we were 50 years ago and while there is still work to do, it won't get done if we just hold our heads while moaning- "Woe is me". Let's keep moving forward

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  59. I just had a comment from one of my blog friends, she is 70 years old and said people have always been hating and killing since forever, and still we survive. So I agree with you, in the end, it is not all bad and there is a lot of good.

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  60. The media warps our perception with all the bad news it smothers us with. With the emergence of the internet, the average person has more access to news and information around the world than at any other time (particularly in the past 10 years). We are much more aware of world events. And what sells? The bad stuff. And that’s what we see/hear/run across all day, every day. So while it may feel like the world is getting worse, in reality, it’s actually getting better. Do we still have a lot of improvements to make? Of course. But the world is not as bad as the media portrays it to be.

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  61. I really was thinking that the world was getting worse, but you made a good point here. We've always had these awful periods and we got through them.

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  62. I think how we perceive the world is dependent on whether you have enough food to eat and clean water to drink, a medical system available to you in times of illness, a promise of a future that will be on a planet that is healthy and vital. While it is true that humans have been both behaving well and badly since the beginning of our recorded history, there has been no other time on this planet when there have been seven billion of us, all needing the same things to survive. While I don't doubt an intrinsic good nature in most individuals, I do worry about our huge impact on our planet and its ability to sustain or voracious appetites for everything.

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  63. It is tough to be positive about the world with the crazed presidential election we are having in the States (guess I should be positive and say we have an election here and not a dictatorship) and with headlines screaming the news of Black Lives Matter protests and the massacre of five police officers in Dallas. . .no, I am not feeling real positive right now about America's direction. . .

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  64. Hello, I find watching the TV news down right depressing. They often show only negative things that tend to get people upset and angry. Almost like the media wants to start trouble. There are good people in the world, the media needs to report good happy things. There are some scary things happening in the world today. It is sad to see so much hate, I wish for peace. Thanks for this post! Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

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  65. Lose faith? No. As a Christian, I believe that God has everything under control...not that He orchestrates these horrible things, but He has allowed them for one reason or another. If you believe in God's word, this world was never intended to be around forever, but only for a time...and God's timing is different than ours. Many of the things happening today are definitely a sign of people turning away from God. The internet and the media in general brings it right into our living rooms and on to our personal phones, etc. and we are bombarded with negativity almost 24/7. I do not fear the future, although I grieve for those who think this world is all we have. Thank you for posting and asking this all-important question. Blessings!

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  66. In my 50 odd years I have seen many horrible things happen in our country and in our world. I can't say anything is better or worse, but I do think our individual views are being skewed by 24 hour news, weather, and social media.

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  67. "There is good happening in the world. But we lose sight of that because the only things making the news are the bad things. It is easy to fall into the trap of being blinded by the bad."

    That's the key right there. I notice that when I am around negative people and they are only talking about negative things I tend to start feeling negative and joining in. When I'm with positive people the same thing happens, they uplift me and that puts things in a brighter, happier perspective.

    All we see is the bad, it's what we hear from the news media, it's what's being passed around on social media and as you get older you find that older people tend to be more negative.

    But there is a lot of good out there, we just need to be more proactive in finding it and spreading the cheer. There will always be doom and gloom, just as there will always be love and laughter, we choose which we want to allow to invade our thoughts and heart. Love this post! Have a great week!

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  68. Eleven years ago when drug dealers were invading our nice neighborhood we packed up and headed for the hills, literally. We moved from Massachusetts to Maine, to a small town and turned time back about 20 years. Things we took for granted in the city was not available here. Less people, less crime; everybody knows your name environment keeps everyone accountable I suppose. Whatever it is, it is wonderful. Ignorance is bliss........if I don't seek out the news I get no news other than what's going on right under my nose. I have been blessed to have had the vision to "get out of Dodge" before all hell broke loose. Besides I'd rather be shot accidentally by a hunter than by a drug dealer any day of the week. I don't cringe at the sound of gunshots any more, in fact, they make me smile.
    Have a great week!

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  69. Through TV and the Internet we are made so much more aware of all the nasty things going on in the world. I'm not saying we should be completely ignorant to important events. But do we need to know about every single tragedy that hits the news? It's too sad to live that way. And I feel bad for my kids that they have so much awareness and read so many bizarre stories. Time for a news fast! And time to focus on more good news. Yes, people do want to hear it!

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  70. __The promotions of the negatives rely on the generation of fear and panic in the hearer's minds; promoters are aware of that "'fear facet' reality", and use it... as their tool. Those tools are the fearful aspects of life, politics, health, crime, climate, property, personal esteem, investments, and many more. I'm sure there are some truisms involved, but the promoters imply they know so much more than we, the proletariat.
    __Hiding in any "lost context" of these promotions of the negatives... are the positives, and it is our purpose to find and follow that balance, as we step forward, and reach our positives.

    doubt
    overcome by your eyes' truth
    each mind's book

    _m

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  71. There is more good than bad. If we turn off the televisions and quit listening to the politicians then we would be far better off.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  72. I have faith despite it all. I agree with Sandee, the news is so overly attentive to the bad.

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  73. The world today seems very different than the one I grew up in, but change is inevitable. There are still many kind, thoughtful, loving people in the world; but unfortunately the media seems to focus more on violence, hatred, and political fodder on a round-the-clock basis. I find life is more peaceful when I turn the tv off. I still watch good tv shows that entertain me, but I limit news watching/listening to 1/2 hr. a day - just to stay informed. If I didn't set limits, I'd be a total basket case! I find peace in the little things most people overlook. Just looking at the beautiful background on your blog gives me a sense of well being and calm! Nature has a way of bringing peace within if we just stop and enjoy it. I choose to remain hopeful.

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  74. We are blessed and I agree we tend to focus on the negative ~ yet at times since I am of the 'older generation' I do feel I am becoming a dinosaur and wondering where to best put my energies ~ after I focus myself of course ~

    Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

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  75. Thinking of formations and steps of development, we become more progressive and technologically equipped...I believe that mindfulness, conscious awareness of existence will help to transform us as human race, the One, in new balanced form to have remarkable experience on the Earth. ... I love this dream/ is this only a dream?

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  76. Most 'old' people think that the world was better off and things were better in their youth. It is the silver lining of human memory. Last century was terrific all over the world and especially in Europe due to our bloody dictators. There have always been challenges and always will be to mankind. The global warming with its disasters frightens me. If the arctic ice melts, many cities shall drown. - but that will not happen during my life time.

    It's lighter to live with hope and positive attitude. I restrict the news to some extent to achieve this.

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  77. I think the world is going to hell in a hand basket but I like your attitude. I'm thinking we hear more news now days to let us know what is going on.

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  78. Oh forgot to tell you when you eat your first tamale don't eat canned or frozen. Find you a friend who makes them fresh and hot. May be hard to do as it is a hot hard job to make them I'm told. Thanks for always commenting on my blog Keith.

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  79. I think we get better in some ways, but worse in others. With medical advancements we get better all the time. Violence is getting bad, but we don't have a World War 3.

    In my opinion our world revolves in a circle: Time, seasons, someone is born and someone dies. I think violence, education, and health care go through cycles as well. Many blame the president for our problems. That's crazy! There's people that vote on things, all different people work with the president, and the president has to work with what they have. It's kind of hard to work with a country when they are in debt.

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  80. I feel like the world isn't as bad as the media makes it out to be. Good, heartwarming news doesn't bring in the ratings and attention that broadcasting negativity does. And with social media as prominent as it is, they have even more outlets to spew the darkness out of. I see it all the time on facebook especially; someone posts a video of a kind act and everyone in the comments marvels at how rare it is--but it's not! I see more good out in the world on a daily basis than I see bad, but the majority of people get their news from social media and the headlines that get the most traffic are the darker ones. The world definitely isn't perfect, but it's nowhere near as bad as people think it is.

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    1. Fine outlook Jen_!
      __If we glance into history, we'll find civility and morality were much the same then, as they now are. But, the medias have increased in uncountable segments.
      __It seems "Technology Sense" has buried
      "Common Sense" and "Humane Sense" into a media crypt; yet, we smile at the promise of good tomorrows, and do not allow those that paddle that canoe of hate... to take us for a ride. _m

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    2. You have a good point there! I think about that too. News covers the more negative things.

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  81. We should never lose faith or hope, because if we do, we might as well pack it in. so to speak. Yes, there is bad everywhere, but there is also good everywhere, we just need to look for it.

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  82. The world is transitioning, always evolving. Every era has painful as well as progressive movements. We are becoming global and more connected and it will become increasingly awkward to split up into tribes and the “them vs us” mentality. So … this must be a good thing, as are all the good things done quietly every single second on this earth.

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  83. I agree. There are bad things going on and they make news every day. But we should not have our spectacles fogged by hate and negativity. There are also many good things happening!

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  84. There really is a lot of good happening, but too seldom do people call attention to it. Research shows that most folks pay far more attention to negatives than positives. It's sad.

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  85. It's confirmation bias and narrow thinking. It's brain science and psychology. In other words, it's ignorance and an inability to reflect. IMO, anyway.

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  86. Personally I d think the world is heading downhill and in the wrong direction. And that's the thoughts of a teenager, not an adult ;) But as you said, I don't think you should lose faith. I think instead, if we really don't agree with what is happening around us we need to remember we have the power to change it and actually do something about it!

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  87. I have always wondered why bad news sells. I grew up with drills for hiding under your desk in grade school to protect you from a nuclear bomb (silly idea even to a 7 year old). Vietnam was plastered in living color on the Tv while you ate dinner every night. The president, his brother, MLK were assassinated--68 convention--Kent state--black power--women's lib--war protests--Watergate. Things looked bleak back then, too. I'm sure if you asked people living at any time period they would think the world was falling apart somewhere. Granted, I wish we'd learn more quickly as a species, but what can you do? We are the most horrific, cruel species on earth. But we are also generous, creative, hopeful, caring, inventive, curious, and sharing. I have great faith in us to find our way...eventually. ;)

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  88. From an environmental point we are destroying our planet. his comes from a guy who ordinarily has rose colored glasses even when he's sleeping.

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  89. Bad or shocking news is what the media lives for. It sells. I believe that the world is constantly changing. As human beings we automatically resist change. It makes us uneasy. Then the media hammers us with all the bad things that are happening and we say, "See?" At those moments we are certain the whole world is falling apart. If we stop to objectively look at the world we are mostly better off now than in the past. Since the beginning of humans we have complained about their plights. If we try to stay positive and work at life from that point of view mostly good things will happen.

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  90. You are right. The good stuff doesn't make the news very often. I don't know why that is, everyone's attitude would pick up a bit if there were more good news reported.

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  91. Love this post! I am sad about so much of what is happening in the world. But you are right to celebrate the good things too. I also have a lot of hope for my family that despite life's inevitable setbacks we are doing our best each day to build a brighter future. PS American Idol (!) made me smile : )

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  92. Thank you for giving me good news! It is nice to read about good and positive things going on in the world. The majority of the time we see only bad news. Thank you for your visit!!

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  93. Good reminder. It helps to focus on the good things - we hear so little of it in the news and online. To me, it's akin to counting our blessings, which is something we should do more of too. Have a great week! :)

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  94. when i start to feel this way, i think about 9/11. i remember the way we came together as a country and helped each other. i remember that everyone bought a flag and hung it outside their home. i remember all the kind things that i can do and have been done for me. i am sometimes disappointed, but i will never be discouraged!!!

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  95. I'm not sure if the world is worse than before. The Inquisition wasn't a barrel of laughs, and neither was WWII. The difference is we know more about it with the 24-hour news cycle, internet, social media -- you can't get away from it. I still love Anne Frank's words best -- In spite of everything, I still believe people are really good at heart. Or at least most people -- and they have to lift us up to move forward, do good things, find happiness, share kindness. I don't think the many good people I know are exceptions to the rule. It's just that the others seems to have a bigger megaphone.

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  96. I'm not really sure. Definitely there were worse times to live in! I am grateful for a lot of the advances in the world. I do think there's a lot that could be improved on though. Thanks for this thought inspiring post.

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  97. I'd like to say no, the world is much better than before And in a lot of ways it is! But then I've seen the two people running for president of the United States and there goes that optimism.

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  98. People are living TOO long and it's using up so many resources not to mention burdening middle aged people with elder care just as their children are going to college and moving away. I do think things are worse now than when I was growing up but then again as a child, you aren't really aware of things on a global level except in passing. Maybe things were always this bad but now we have the internet and social media to bring it to us in real time.

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  99. I don't think you are naive at all, but if you are I'm right there with you! Don't know about where you live, but here in the States i blame the 24-7 News Channels for inciting fear and hatred. They of course must subscribe to the mantra 'if it bleeds it leads' because that's what glues the sheep to the screen all day (I actually know quite a few people who watch the news all day -- same stuff, fear-mongering, over and over. Fox News is the worst, but none of them are good for people. i'm not saying stick your head in the sand and pretend that nothing bad ever happens -- but you don't have to watch it all day and hear talking heads dissect it over and over again. They are making people paranoid.

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  100. I wrote a post on that not too long ago. Man has stayed as flawed as he ever was. It is technology tht has improved, increasing the odds that we will do ourselves in deadly spores, bacteria, jihads, or ICBM's. :-(

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  101. Amen Keith, you're so right! We had a module on this at uni which looked at whether or not world disasters are occurring more but it's the same as ever, there are just more reports via the news of these. It's important to stay positive and look towards what we're achieving! - Tasha

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  102. It's good to keep an eye on both sides... you can't completely ignore what's wrong, but I agree that the media puts too much of an emphasis on it. It's good to stay optimistic but also somewhat realistic. Don't forget the good, but still focus on improvement.

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  103. There is good in this world and it has to be "us" to keep pushing this good out! I have to say, I have never "seen" what I have seen on the news, ever, in my life time. My mom, who is in her 70's, says the same thing. We are so grateful for everything, but I do agree, things have to change! People are going nuts! But, all that being said, we still have faith and hope!! We keep smiling!

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  104. I do agree there is still plenty of good in the world. I just wish people would come to realize it before it's to late. We just have to hold on to our Faith. Thanks for the great post.

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  105. Very pretty photo. And while I don't think as a whole the world is worse off now than it was in the past, I feel that the likelihood of societal collapse is arguably higher now than at any time in the past.

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  106. personally i don't know or understand where we are headed, the family we all talk about it every Sunday. we get together for Sunday dinners. i fear that if certain folks become President on either side where we will head. i wish we could find a happy medium. it is so weird, tough & so much unknown. so many scary crazy times going on. confusing even. makes me nervous. i dislike being a joke to other countries. i want people to remember the USA as a nation of what we use to be. not what we are now. i am happy people are laughing. not that they are laughing at us. but giggle is a great way to have less stress just wish it was not at our expense. oh well. what are you going to do. i hope and pray we will get to a better place asap. but i fear we are going deep in to the pits. the hell in a hand basket is the saying i believe. i wish i knew a way to help. 'cause i sure would do my part, if i had the answers. ( :

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  107. Ah, Keith and how are you, good sir? Now then, my thoughtful friend, these are perhaps the worst times I can ever recall. And yet, we shall not allow such times to overwhelm the goodness that lies with the souls of most. Hatred will not win.

    Keep embracing the good, Keith. We, those that understand compassion, embrace and celebrate the wondrous diversity, shall continue to focus of the good that you see.

    Take care and smile.

    Gary

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  108. I agree with you but I also think that these things are a 'wake up' call to all humans to love and take care of one another. I am a Christian so I believe in a higher power and I have prayed for an "intervention" so watch out! LOL! On the other side....communication is instantaneous so we see what is going on across the world whereas just a few short years ago we barely had t.v. Christ said..."what you do to the least of me, you do to me" and that is a creed I try and live by but I do not attend church. So whether it be how we treat animals or trees or allow other humans to be preyed upon or de-humanized through greed and corruption....we cannot stand by and let it happen. I believe that when you stand by and allow horrific acts to happen you are as guilty as the perpetrator and it is always the poor and the innocent that suffer the most. It is difficult to know what to do or how to help but to just stand by and say this has been happening for eons is not a reasonable stance. We all must do our part to ensure not one human being is suffering because of another. I am no Joan of Arc...I need to be doing more but I try every day and right now, at my age it is mostly "armchair activism" but in my youth I joined in picket lines and protests and when I can I donate to organizations who consistently put themselves out there helping others. Apathy is destructive and the media filters what you see and hear. We all need to pay close attention to everything going on around us and educate ourselves through various news sources from various countries. Freedom is fragile and the minute you think it could never happen here or there or wherever you are....think again.

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  109. It occurred to me the catch phrase "What you see is what you get" - goes much deeper than the joke is seemed to be. With Your hope-filled outlook - You'll create a window of Joy so others are able to see . . . Thank you for your post.

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  110. I do not agree either the world is a better place then it was a hundred or two hundred years ago, we do have a long way to go though but it isn't that bad

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  111. There is an obvious moral decline. Where "anything goes", there is a lack of conscience. That is extremely dangerous. As a Christian, I do think we are getting closer to Judgement Day, and all of this is foretold.

    However, I also believe that things look even worse because we are hypersensitive to it.The media reports all of the horrors that we do not see, as well as those in our own hometowns.

    The current powers that be, at least in America, have created a volatile environment. This administration has been very bad for relations in many areas, not the least in race. I am not sure we can ever go back to civility and sense.

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  112. I think you are an optimist!! There is certainly good happening in the world, but I think there are more negative things happening than during previous generations. Or perhaps with the internet we are just more aware?

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  113. Everyone loose faith and I actual think it good for us. Sort of keeping things balance.
    Coffee is on

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  114. The world is, as it has always been, a mix of good and bad. It's easy to see the bad--but the good is always there.

    My only addition is that our job is, not to be overwhelmed by the bad stuff or to pretend that it doesn't exist, but to keep working to make things better. Lots of people are doing this, but we need lots more.

    Thanks for posting this. It's a nice reminder.

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  115. so true. history does repeat, and repeat. whether we admit it or like it. We can choose glass half full, or empty. Or we can live for today and focus on the good in our lives. I think I'm for the later

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  116. Having suspecting we're indeed, circling the drain, I needed to see this!
    'Often wonder, what would happen if they threw a protest and the media stayed home. I'm beginning to lose all respect for (so-called) journalists.

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  117. I think we need to hold onto, believe in . . .
    "There is good happening in our world" . . .
    and it is paramount that we each build on that,
    embrace it . . . and give it back . . .
    If we paralyze ourselves with fear . . .
    We are not embracing all the goodness . . .
    Let's begin . . . today, each of us . . .
    Reach out be kind, laugh, enjoy . . .
    Find "the little things" . . . be joy-filled . . .

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  118. You're so right - there IS good that happens so much in our world, but it is overshadowed by all the doom and gloom that seemingly is the only thing the news wants to report. I often think it would serve mankind well if there was a news channel strictly devoted to good news stories. For myself I try to avoid listening to/watching the news because I can't handle the bad - I want to be happy and, despite knowing that the horrible things are happening, I don't choose to dwell on them.

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  119. People minds chose the extreme.
    A huge pail of crystal clear water, and you put a drop of black ink in it...
    The water is still usable, drinkable, and you can still do stuff with it (maybe not washing white linen) but we will all say the water is dirty.
    Like you say, so much good in the world is overshadowed by the little act of chaos.
    Life goes on, even to hell :)

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  120. I firmly believe that things are better now than they ever have been. That things are getting better. It just seems like things are so awful because we're hearing about all the awfulness. But, that just means that things that used to be swept under the rug are getting aired out, and sunlight is the best disinfectant.

    It's been a rather odd year. Just this past weekend I realized that it's a 9 year. Which explains so much...

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  121. I don't believe that we are any worse than we've been in the past. Thanks to the internet and social media, we just hear about it more than we did before we had access to those tools.

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  122. If you are naive, then so am I, because I will ALWAYS believe there are more good people in the world than bad, and more progress than regression. The horrible things the media bombard us with so relentlessly are far from telling us the "whole story."

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  123. I think the answer to your question is relative, but in general I see both humans' dazzling capacities and equally dazzling incapacities. Our lives have gotten happier and more convenient on one aspect but at the same time filthier, more miserable, and more dangerous on the other depending on which part of the world you live. People have had the anxieties and problems of each generation, or of each century in longer span. As for myself, I’m happy to live in one of the safest countries though my country is prone to big earthquakes and has so many problems just like other countries.

    Yoko

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  124. It's journalists/media ,who only report the miserable news .
    My heart and prayers go out to people who live in war torn areas, places where natural disasters have occurred , places where hatred and prejudice are rotting hearts , to those who are sick physically /mentally...those living in extreme poverty .
    Sometimes the news on the T.V gets too much for me to listen to .
    I can only try to help others where I can and be happy and content in my own life .
    Music,kindness and laughter can heal those rotting hearts .

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  125. I think the world is much better today for many of its inhabitants than its ever been. We, as women, couldn't even vote or own property in Oregon until just over 100 years ago. As for carbon in the atmosphere, there are scientists working on ways to trap that, make it into other things, or solidify and store it, all kinds of brilliant ideas. Sometimes the world does seem on the brink of chaos, but that's always been. When I feel that way, I turn off the news. Helps greatly. There are lots of homeless people all over and I do wish somehow everyone could have a roof over their head.

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  126. I think the world is getting better. History shows that life was never easy in times past - and when I see how a king lived then (let's say the King of Prussia), I think that even those with little money in the Western World live better now concerning nutrition and health.
    Completely agree with your view on news: necessary, no denial and much compassion on my side, but I would like to see the good ones too.

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  127. I'm with you. I think there have often been very bad times in the world not just now. The media drum up gloom and doom when there is an awful lot of good stuff happening too. Of course there is still a lot to do to make the world a better place.

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  128. Yes but never in earlier times, man has been able to degrade as quickly, as powerfully and with so many irreversible effects on the planet. In the last sixty years how many nuclear bombs exploded in the atmosphere? How many nuclear factories have experienced major damage ruining for hundreds of years, environnement, how many shores or rivers have been degraded by oil or chemical products ? how many animal species have disappeared in such a short time ?. I truly believe that we are in a Promethean time and we do not know make good use of this fire that is intelligence and the gods have given us. Unfortunately, I believe that man is a predator since he came to think that he was not in thenature, but against it

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  129. I don't think I'd prefer to live in the Middle Ages. I'm doing just fine, Keith. Thumb up, not down. People have become sissies who want it all, want it now, and want their world to be perfect. That's why they complain so much.

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  130. Our planet is more than 4 billion years old. It will always be changing. And so will the inhabitants. There never was a 'perfect' time and we all need to make the best of the time each of us has.

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  131. There were some very scary times in history but I think we're living in one now too. I was speaking to two older relatives yesterday and both said the world has become crazy - and scary. I like though that you said there are good things and good people b/c there definitely are. Good people are everywhere, lights shining, all over the world. Happy week Keith.

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  132. I do not believe we have yet to survive American Idol - and it seems to be spreading. We do not need faith - we need action. Faith that it will 'just' get better is, I think, what has got us into this mess in the first place!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  133. I still see lots of good in the world. But hope precedes faith, so perhaps I see the good because I want to see it. :)

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  134. Glad I read your post today. It made me feel better. Thank you.

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  135. If you look at history, it's clear that in some regards we are far better off and enlightened than we have ever been and it's always much nicer to dwell on the good things in our lives.
    BUT, there doesn't seem to be any improvement in our ability to hurt our fellow human beings, and we still seem determined to exterminate countless species - including such wonders as tigers, sharks and elephants.
    Sorry if that makes me a killjoy, but these are facts that won't go away even if we put our fingers in our ears and sing 'la la la'.

    Susan at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  136. I have a friend who is convinced that the end times are coming--and yet, this isn't the first time in history that people have thought that. They've always looked at the "signs" and said it's approaching. I think the same is true for the world going in the wrong direction. I think people have always said that too. My thought has always been that the world is much smaller now with technology and social media. Every day I log into Facebook and see news that someone or a couple of people have been shot or stabbed. A majority of the time this has taken place in another state. Whenever something like this, it's always shocking and tragic, no matter where it takes place, but there was a time when I wouldn't have heard about it because that news wouldn't have traveled as far as it did. With social media, it can spread like wildfire. I don't believe we'll ever have a peaceful world. From a religious standpoint, we live in a sinful world, which means we won't. But now we're confronted it with on a daily--sometimes hourly--basis, where in the past we weren't. One thought I've had and one concern I've had is whether or not hearing about so much violence breeds more violence. And if being able to share our opinions whenever we want to a large number of people can bring about more violence.

    I also think, if we're talking about environmental issues, that if you look back in history there has definitely been a pattern to the weather. Maybe, in some ways, there is a pattern to human behavior too.

    Last week was hard and I found that I had to turn away from social media for awhile. It was making things worse. But once I returned (slowly, and I still proceed with caution on social media), I saw a lot of good being shared. There's still some bad mixed in, but there's a lot of good. Once the good is no longer being talked about and shared, I'll be more convinced that the world is going in the wrong direction.

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  137. There are a lot of good things in the world but we are in the middle of an extinction crisis and an overpopulation crisis. We may be able to avert the worst of these crises but it isn't certain. I think it's important to focus on the good things, though

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  138. Hi Keith (not Jim lol) Every year and time period in history has it's good and bad--some government things have improved our lives, but allot of government stuff has us under its control too much-but I am thinking that has always been the case through out time always some government or group of peoples that want control over others--so in that viewpoint we have not improved upon and I think its getting worse. for the most part humans still do not love each other-even those that claim being religious-and I have seen this over and over-most do not embrace everyone-rather it be race, ethnic, health or what ever that makes people different-I don't know how that can improve unless each person takes it upon himself to change towards others. I do try harder now to smile and be kind and say something positive to someone
    this is just a simple example but emphasizes the bigger picture of how humans react to each other. I went to a fiber event over the weekend so were lots of artisans, crafters, that weave knit etc and lots that dye fabrics and yarn. I didn't know anyone at all when I went-I decided to wear a nature printed blouse that I made myself thinking perhaps that would get conversations started-but only one person that was in one of my classes asked if I made it-and she said she noticed it cause her sister does this technique too. but of all the vendors I went to, or people that I sat near in the cafe area not one other person said a thing-but they stared lol I am not telling this cause I was sad or anything but to make the point that humans for the most part do not reach out to others--and things will not improve til we do

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  139. I see the good too, and it needs constant reminding on it. Smiles to you :)

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  140. With the continuing advancement of technology, we do tend to see and hear more of the bad - mainly because some weird entity thinks the bad news sells more of... whatever. But I totally agree, we must never lose sight of everything that's good in the world - and like you say, it is expanding. A large proportion of humanity is good and is worth celebrating. Glad you survived American Idol - luckily I don't have to cope with that one :) Great post!

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  141. My husband always likes to say that every generation is convinced its offspring is the worst ever and that the world is coming to an end, lol. I think we are just more aware of the bad nowadays with the prevalence of social media. But I do try to focus on the positive!

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  142. This is so refreshing, Keith, and I totally agree! The world is a beautiful, caring and evolving place, but like everything, there are monumental challenges, mostly of our own making, although tragedies can bring out humanity's best when people step up to make changes and help each other. We can always do better....one person at a time.

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  143. I don't know about the whole world, Keith, but have had some experience with America. I figure, If Bush-Cheney couldn't ruin it, nobody can.

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  144. Remember--news, especially bad and sensational news, is what 'sells soap' (in the words of my esteemed father-in-law). Good news doesn't catch and hold the public's attention.
    Evil is evil and has been since the beginning of the world. The Assyrians were cruel and blood thirsty warriors, people in various parts of the world were cannibals and really nothing much has changed in all these millennia. "Nothing new under the sun." I don't think it's worse; but it's not better either.

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  145. Yes, we did survive American Idol.
    Thank you for reminding me there is so much good in the world. Maybe it really is as simple as that.

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  146. You have some very good points and I believe you are right to a degree but I believe the people of the world are don't live the way they used too.

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  147. Hmmm much that could be said here.... I see both sides, but must say it seems things are rapidly going in the wrong direction, families broken, respect disapearing, hatred among so many....it makes me so sad... I always try to focus on the good things to help get me through...

    Blessings,
    Jill

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  148. I agree that we lose sight of the good because the news of the bad things is what is always emphasized. I think if we look for the good, though, we will see it there all around us.

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  149. True to your blog identity, the glass definitely is half full, and must be very shiny and clear, to see such a pouring of positivity!

    Poppy

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  150. Hello Keith, I really enjoyed this post & especially reading everyones comments to it. You certainly get a diverse amount of readers, which is great. I agree that the bad is so often in the news that it can overshadow all the good. I think there are times when its simple to keep the faith, & others when we really struggle with it. I also laughed loudly to myself regarding your comment about American Idol ... it has just finished screening way down here in New Zealand & Yes ... we managed to survive it all too!!!! Thanks for the laughter today & also your visit over to my blog. Have a great week Keith, we had minus 3 degrees frost here this morning !!!!

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  151. I think you hit the nail on the head about the publicity. Bad news is more interesting than good for whatever reason. There is plenty of good in the world and hopefully we can keep things going on the planet for a long, long time.

    I had no idea the ozone layer was closing. How interesting!

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  152. I definitely don't think we're headed in the wrong direction, or even that different a direction than at any other time. Polarization is worse, but I wouldn't have us go back in time for anything.

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  153. Hi Keith. Tony and I flatly refuse to buy a newspaper anymore as they are all full of doom and gloom and the seedy side of life. I bet it has been this way since people started printing newspapers. I can't abide people who 'gossip' either. They always find something unpleasant to pass on about someone else. I try to avoid this sort of person as best as I can.

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  154. NO, WE SHOULD NOT!(as an answer to your headline)

    (Ich schreibe auf Deutsch weiter, ich hoffe, du verstehst alles :)

    Ich bin auch der Meinung, dass wir nicht immer nur das Schlechte in der Welt sehen dürfen. Natürlich, es gibt immer Dinge, die verbesserungswürdig sind, und man darf auch nicht die Augen vor den Sachen verschließen, die schlecht laufen.

    Aber man darf, verdammt noch mal, auch nicht die Dinge aus den Augen lassen, die gut sind! Wir müssen wieder lernen, uns mehr auf die guten Dinge im Leben zu konzentrieren, denn sie sind das, was das Leben ausmachen!

    ----

    In my opinion we should not just attend to see the bad things in life. Of course, there are always, and there will always be, things, that could ALWAYS be improved, and we should also not close our eyes about it.

    But dammit, we are not supposed to close our eyes about the things which are doing well! We need to learn again to concentrate more on the good than on the bad things, because this is the essence of life!

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  155. I think the world is going in the wrong direction in so many areas. I appreciate all the good things that happen and I try to focus on them though. At the same time I'm glad that I'm not younger. Tough times are ahead for the next generations. Terrorism, overpopulation, the waste of resources and shortages (especially clean water) as a result at some point are problems that can't be solved easily.

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  156. The world started off in a wrong direction as soon as the first politician entered the stage, millennia ago, and convinced men to follow. You are correct my friend there are many blinded by the media, circumstance and unfulfilled dreams.

    Have we moved to correct some wrongs that persist among mankind, yes IMO we have. But in the vacuum created we always seem to let another evil be sucked into the corrected place. *meh* I for one will worry about my own house and the course that ship is on, and I feel firmly that the same introspection can only become mutually beneficial if every single soul on the planet does the same with no fear of their history and once reconciled allow it to be blown off as dust to the past.

    Be Well

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  157. I have to be an ostrich at times and put my head in the sand or else the gloom and doom can take over. It's hard to avoid these days unless you want to be a Luddite. The nature of man hasn't changed much over time but the availability and sophistication of weapons, people's feelings of entitlement, the money to be made by exploiting "news" and the ability to spread it endlessly, instantaneously and without regard for truth -- these things have.

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  158. After the shooting in Dallas I read something that Julian Lennon (John's son). He said the mass shootings are not new. The cameras are new. I think he has a point. Now with the web and online media, news spreads at the speed of life. And let's face it, bad news is what sells ads in newspapers and on TV. My grandmother used to love the National Enquirer back in the 60s. I remember one headline that said, Pit Bull Eats Mobile Home. Who doesn't want to read that? And after reading stories like that who wouldn't believe the world is in for a bumpy ride.
    You make a good point Keith.

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  159. Oh I'd truly like to think not, Keith.
    I do believe that the media is a greater part of the problem though...they seem to scour the world for stories of doom! :/
    So...seems like it's up to us to remain as positive as we can and prove them wrong...:)

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  160. I don't think so. We have a lot of problems but we also have a lot more solutions than ever before.

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  161. Even if I ended up living in a cave I'd still rather be surrounded by people who focused on being positive and seeing the good, as it would make me feel better. The U.K. doesn't feel so wonderful right now, so thank you for the positivity.

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  162. "Always look on the bright side of life..."
    Thank you for your visit and have a wonderful week :)

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  163. Honestly, I'm not sure. The media almost glorifies all the acts of hate. The attention inspires more haters. But yes, there are good things going on. If the media brought those into focus more, I think we'd generally have a better feeling about the way things are and where things are going.

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  164. That's a very inspiring post. From my experience I can say that we should never ever lose faith no matter what. We fall and make mistakes and then hope things get better. Faith is so important in our lives!!!

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  165. It seems to me that since the words "Black Lives Matter" first began to be uttered, a wedge has been driven between the black, whites, police...seems to me to be so much more violence happening now than at any other time...lots of good stuff going on, too, tho..
    and I giggled when I saw American Idol....

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  166. I was thinking also about how bad things seem to be in the world and then I read in the Bible last week, the Old Testament, about the famine, the drought and how people were eating their own children . Put it in perspective for me.

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  167. I think the world is a lot worse in some ways and a lot better in others. Regardless of how bad it gets, we should never lose faith in Christ and a brighter tomorrow.

    Good to know an optimist like you. My sister and I sing a song called "Keep on the Sunny Side" when our family has concerts. It says "There's a dark and a troubled side of life. There's a bright and a sunny side too. Though we meet with the darkness and strife, the sunny side we also may view. Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side. Keep on the sunny side of life. It will help us every day; it will brighten all the way, if we keep on the sunny side of life."

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  168. Many bad things happens in the world. we need to be careful all the time. If we have faith in god almighty nothing will near us as he will be the protector.

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  169. Hi Keith, Wow, I love the way you are able to reflect on things and find a positive outlook. You are exactly right, we are hammered with the bad news every single day. Perhaps the reason it seems so bad right now is just my own reflection back on the times in my past. There surely seems to be more terrorism and violence than 50 years ago but maybe that is just our perception since there have been major wars and conflicts throughout history. I love Bethany Carson's comment just above ... It can make all the difference if we will just focus on the sunny side of life!

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  170. I think that's human nature everywhere,that's why we must have a religious belief and have faith in the god we chose to believe in.

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  171. It is so true that the media emphasizes the negative and ignores so much of the good.

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  172. Since I didn't live in previous times, I don't feel qualified to weigh them against the present time. I wonder what previous times actually felt like to those living through them (?)... So much, I believe, depends on what we bring to the circumstances we encounter and learn about, and on how we choose to think about them. Never give up on hope! :) I don't think you're naive ...

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  173. I think you are naive.
    And I think that it is inspiring and helps our faith grow.
    There is a famous painting that's called The Raft of The Medusa, by Théodore Géricault that is the painting for your words. In the sense of its faith, hope and resilience.
    I believe the doom comes from that now we are the "grown ups" and while the grown-ups before us - parents grandparents great grandparents - had it so much worse and more difficult than us, the media and social networks didn't exist. In a way limiting the news and the feedbacks (which aren't unimportant as they can magnify and even distort something) you tend to limit the views and the knowledge.

    Answering your questions:

    What do you think?
    Keep having faith. In me. In us. In Life. I will! The opposite is feeding the bad dog...
    Is the world really worse off than it has ever been?
    I don't think so. I have faith I won't know what is a World War with Atomic Bombs for example. Of kids going to war. Of not having nothing to feed my children. To not loose nothing because I don't own nothing.
    Said that it's not worse. It's bigger. Fuller. And that changes the odds and the damages...
    Is there more bad than good?
    Every single minute of the day and night. Even coming here where I can ramble - so I don't think of the image of Nice (France) of that body lying in the street besides a doll - and find confort in your reassuring ways helps. And soothes. And it will allow me to be a better person. Even towards the unknown threat on others.
    Be Well. Be Safe and Keep having Faith. Be that Man in the Raft waving the cloth. I might not be able right now but I hope to join you in a minute. Let's take this Raft we call Home to a Safe Port. Some days just take it closer to it is enough. Today, here, is one of these days.
    Teresa

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  174. I tend to and WANT to see the glass half full.
    There are so many improvements in the world. I think more people are conscience of the environment, growing better food without pesticides, community comradery. Exercising and yoga are huge!
    I really think folks are TRYING to be more compassionate and helpful.
    Of course, there are some things that are going in the wrong direction...politics perhaps are uglier than ever. And the care and protection of our wild animals has gone awry! I mean, delisting the grizzly bear??? Come on! That's insane. And Keith, YOU KNOW how things are with America's Wild horses and that can of worms....permanently sterilizing them..dangerous surgical procedures to spay the mares..ugh. It's barbaric.
    Darting birth control into their haunches is so much more humane, less controversial and less costly...plus it's been proven to be a SUCCESS in others herds.
    Sorry I've gone off the charts here...but, you know how passionate I am about our Mustangs. :)
    Thank you!

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  175. I think it seems worse than it is because there is more access to it now than before. Social media, 24/7 news coverage, the Internet, we never get a break from the bad and that's what makes the news because it's what's so dramatic and sensationalized. Sure, puppies and kittens give us the warm and fuzzies but it doesn't make you stay tuned in. That doesn't make money. Sad.

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  176. I don't think you are naive at all, you are truly wide awake! There is immeasurable good occuring and we can choose to embody and shine that mirror of goodness even moreso into the world and contribute positively to it's conscious reflection.. no matter what is happening around us.

    I choose to remain awake as best I can while I am here.
    Victoria

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  177. Even today, where the news is dreadul, I refuse to think that before was better than now or the future. Because if we think that, why would we keep on living?

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  178. One of your readers sent me over here to read this post. I started to read the comments but got bogged down. I think the world is in for a rough ride, but that's nothing new. I just finished reading "The Swerve" about how we got to the modern age. Now that was an eye opener! :-)

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  179. i tend to think there's more bad in the world than good, but you do make good points. maybe it's merely that the world is ever-changing and change is often perceived as 'bad' and the unknown of the change as 'scary'. we should embrace change and the positive things in life more! xx

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  180. I think the world is getting better not worse. We just hear about more of the bad because of global coverage and transmission.

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  181. Bad news spreads very fast.

    That's why we always share the negative sides of our world.

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  182. We could say the world is moving towards best infrastructure and liberty to decide what we want… but the way we receive deceives. The development destroys the natural environment and habitation of various species and the ecosystem mainly because of no proper planning and imbalance in attitude. The education system is at peak but what kind of morality is taught at schools and universities? Almost everything is seen as business and selfish has been intense that earlier...

    What really makes me feel the world is becoming worse is the irresponsibility towards nature… from where we receive all. We are advanced in medical field and have treatment for almost, but how prevention of diseases? Day-by-day number of disorders rising up and chemicals let into environment. In this way, how can we say the world is towards betterment?

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  183. Through your series of enumerations, above: "Terrorism, famine, mass shootings, economic collapses, genocides, environmental degradation, etc. I can understand people's lack of faith in the world."...
    Probably the answer it can be visualised.
    And I hope that "The hole in the ozone layer is closing more and more every year." But I'm not so sure; the climate change is so unpredictable.
    But we must have hope, faith...

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  184. The world has always been a complex place. Any student of history will know that empires rise and fall, death and destruction and disease occur, climate change has varied form ice age to drought. Yest mankind survives and flourishes--the world population is ever increasing. I remain hopeful for the future!

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  185. Standing around the one painting everyone has his own personal opinion but this is a fact that best brains in world are trying to control and oprate the world according to their own benefits and the base of their theory is the law of Darwin, we can argue on it but trust me we cannot deny it

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  186. I can't remember this much violence in my lifetime, but I do believe it can be turned around.

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  187. My husband's grandmother (she was 90 at the time) told us in 1969 that the world was going to hell in a hand basket. We have muddled through close to 50 years since then. Bad times have always been with us, but we can't let that take us down.

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  188. I really do think we're hurtling headlong into a head-on collision with something.
    True, there have been very, very, very bad things in world history before. And not just disco. We've survived, sure, but millions suffered and, often, many years passed before things turned around.
    So much hate in the world.

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  189. I have lived a good long time and I have NEVER seen world chaos like this!

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  190. I appreciate your optimism and positive outlook. I want to think the same, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't worried. You are very right though, the media really does focus solely on the bad and not enough on the good.

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  191. Ever hear the phrase, "Perception is reality?" I think there is sufficient reason to be worried but I wonder what the world would be like if we voted nasty people out of office, got rid of our televisions, spent time volunteering and only went on Facebook only rarely...

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  192. You've contextualized nicely. Perspective & the long run. I'd rather be living now than in, say, 1950, certainly, let alone 1050.

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  193. True. I'd like to hear more about advances in medical technology, space travel, eco-friendly products. I know there are a lot of good people out there doing every day jobs, helping make the world cleaner, safer. I don't need only good news; but I'd like to see more positive things than negative.

    I think the world will adapt, and survive whatever current world crisis his happening. Or it will blow itself to bits. One or the other, lol.

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  194. Good question. To hear my grandparents talk years ago, the world was getting worst. Yes I think it gets worst everyday because people are loosing morals, respect and God in their lives. Sin has become more acceptable making it more dangerous.
    Lisa

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  195. Indeed.
    I was just talking to my 17 year old earlier today about something along these lines.
    He mentioned how confederates annoy him. We agree that people who say that they want to 'make America great again' are mostly white people, and times are so much better now for so many different reasons.
    (Currently reading Gone With the Wind, and was all about having this conversation.)

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  196. What a thought-provoking post! I myself have fallen into the black hole of believing in nothing but bad in the world far too many times, and sometimes I think that I just forget about all the good happening around the world. I mean, you can't let all of the negativity become the heavy raincloud that blocks out the positivity. And I needed this today. I needed to be reminded of the good.

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