The title of this piece occurred to me recently while watching the evening news. The first four stories were all about death, violence, criminal activity, etc., and it wasn’t until they got that out of the way that the broadcast moved on to a couple of stories that were a little more light-hearted. But even they were nothing that would really move many people to positive action. I suppose it is good to get those things out of the way and then move on to something a little more pleasing to the ear and eye. Even the good news on any station on any given night, as often as not, tends to come off as filler. Overall it is true -We need more dharma in our news, less drama.
They say good news doesn’t sell. Since when is the news about ratings? Certainly we need to know if there is criminal activity going on in our neighborhoods. Couldn’t we use such opportunities to promote unity within our communities? When there is a car accident resulting in a death could we spend more time finding some kind of meaning to the life of the deceased rather than just reporting the grisly scene?
Fortunately we have news programs in the evenings that do uncover more inspiring stories. 60 Minutes, Rock Center and others do their best to show us the better side of humanity, and an ABC program called “What Would You Do?” is dedicated to doing so. And so all is not lost. Some say this world will never be a Utopia. But we can strive to make our small corners of the world the best we can. Putting forth the best examples of conduct that our local communities have to offer is not a bad start.