In our world today it seems to be quite common that the television as well as any media format is filled with the things that fill our minds with visions of the darker side of life.
Murder is mentioned at all hours of the day. It is on the news, on mainstream television shows, and is a part of our daily lives. We give glory to those who do it and then sit and discuss why/how for weeks, if not years on end. Thus giving the perp. the glory and making the lives of the victims and their families live it over and over and over again.
Arson, hate, lies, blaming games, racial issues, ethnic slurs, political party slamming, the list goes on and on. These things that come to kill and destroy humanity are so common place that many can no longer see them as the evil that they are. Things that tear us apart are not good. They stem from a power of darkness.
Where is the light? It is there. Yet, we do not focus on it. Let’s look at our news broadcasts as an example
Can you imagine a news cast filled with things such as the release of a man’s celebration of meeting the people he saved from the Holocaust over 50 years ago? (Which I just saw on Facebook the other day.)
How about introducing the new man of God working at the local parish to those in the city and telling them about who he is as a man? (We just got a new one as did where my mother in law attends) Or even an interview with those who feed the needy at that church who have done so for years?
I would love to see shows that teach of the goodness of man. I would love to see what is going on in my community that I can cherish. How awesome it would be to see people attempt to outdo one another with good deeds to be recognized on the news! The bad stuff would be mentioned through the eyes of the goodness of the person whose life was snubbed out and the sadness that they will no longer be able to serve the community as they had.
My dream newscast ideas –
We offer up our condolences today as we have lost an integral member of our community. Miss Gone was a major influence on the local community as an employee of the local library. Her research techniques were a blessing to many as she assisted them throughout the last 20 years. Her murder fills us with sorrow as the police are yet trying to find the suspect in this case.
No name given as to give recognition to the killer, no family members or neighbors interviewed that knew them. Imagine that! No blaming the parents, no talking about why he did it for days on end and giving the lime light to the person who does not deserve it. None of that. What about this next idea?
The Red Cross has been called in to help with a family who lost their home today due to suspected arson. The family of five lost all of their belongings and are looking to rebuild their home in the near future. If you would like to help this family please contact the local bank who have started an account or call 000-555-5555 to hear a recording listing the items they need and where to take them.
Now there is an idea! Not only telling what happened but also mentioning that the family is in need of help and how to do so! Wouldn’t it be awesome to know that when organizations like the Red Cross are stepping in and how to help the victims in a tragedy!
Flipping the way we state the news might just help! Let’s look at another fictional broadcast-
In national news today the streets of Pumpkin town were filled with protestors angry about the election results. Protestors there broke windows and spray painted the windows on several buildings. Aside from these things this protest was peaceful. The local business people have asked that the costs of repairs be billed to this group in reparation of their assault on their properties. They also ask for coverage of the loss of business due to these crimes. Police in the area did state that they were able to keep the opposing side from entering the area thus keeping the situation from worsening. The stores on Victims Road will be closed to the public while clean up is in progress. There will be follow up pieces to keep you abreast of the clean ups progression.
Now, this is a bit out there I know. There is no mention of the group’s name or cause. There is no mention of any names of the people involved. The group who protested and did the damage are being held liable for said damage. Not the insurance companies or the tax payers. There had to have been cameras on those buildings to be able to prove exactly who did what. If you want to protest – fine. But, do not hurt others while doing so. The police were praised for all that they did to keep the issue from getting worse.
I could go on and on. Yet, by now you get my point. We, the people of the US, allow things to happen that prosper the dark side of life. We are glued to our media sources awaiting the next tidbit of gossip, sex, or slander and devour it daily. We are not only obese from food in our kitchens but ill from the slop we feed ourselves daily on our media venues. Words are to be used to edify, to glorify, but we do nothing of the sort. We smash, torture and ridicule and go back for more. We hunt down those who we disagree with and send them a message and get our names plastered on the news. Why is that? Because it is what we have done for decades and it sells.
So, how do we get the light into our lives? First, recognize when you are a part of the problem and begin to make changes in your life to stop being a part of the system that is on the darker side of things. Next, begin to call out those who ridicule and slander. As an example, I had shared the posting about the man who saved children from the Holocaust and someone decided to make a political statement. I did not delete it but I did clarify that I had shared that post to praise the man not initiate political discussion. Finally, buy into what you want our world to be. If you buy a product or support it by consuming it in any way you are saying that you like what they are putting out. If you like it – they will keep on doing it. If you don’t like it- don’t be a consumer of it – if enough people do that the producer will change as to make money. To bring light to the darkness you have to stop promoting the darkness. I hope I am making that clear.
In summation – where do we go from here? Many think we are on a slippery slope and I tend to agree. Right now we are headed into an area nobody can predict. But, there is a light in the window directing us to change. History years ago told of such a light. The British were coming and light was to be lit – one if by land – two if by sea. We are to learn from history – that light was used to tell of the future and what to do because of their certain situation. How many lights do we need in this day and age? Surely more than one or two. We must all choose to let go of the darkness we have come to know and move forward. Stop watching the commentaries and the guessing games of today’s media broadcasts. That is not uplifting nor is it factual news. It is commentary – it is an editorial – a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It makes us think that we have the right to look at the things of today and editorialize it ourselves. Then some choose to act upon it in ways that are ILLEGAL. Free speech is a right – yes – but not killing people with your car because your opinions vary. THAT IS MURDER – not free speech. Marching and destroying property is VANDALISM – that is illegal – not free speech. Stop it! You are accountable for what you do. I digress. Place the light back into the US and help us to stop sliding down that slippery slope. I BELIEVE IN THE USA. We can do this but the petty dark side of things has to stop. Choose the light. I beg of you for my grandchildren and their children – choose the light.