Bad news travels fast. American Proverb
Nobody likes the bringer of bad news. Sophocles
No news is good news. Proverb
Part of our human condition is that we seem to relish in hearing bad news, much more than wanting to hear good news. The various sources of news, be it television, newspapers, radio, internet or even word of mouth seems to be preoccupied with the passing of bad news with much more energy and emphasis than on sharing any good news. Most of us probably agree that this is true; we may disagree as to the reasons.
It has often been said that the media concentrates on negative news because it sells. It seems counter-intuitive that negative news would continue to be forced upon us, if it were not profitable, if it were not well received. Most businesses exist and survive because they deliver a product or a service that is in demand by those it serves. If the customers of the media, us, responded negatively, quit listening, or quit patronizing the advertisers behind the media, chances are they would change the nature of their products or risk going out of business.
Chances are the primary reason for the demand for negative news is that it is what we are really asking for, whether direct and above board, or something secretly desired and wanted. Our relationship or desire for negative news is probably similar to a vice or addiction. Vices, addictions, all types of questionable activities exist and perhaps flourish because there is demand for them.
Is our interest in the negatives of life perhaps related to a need to feel better about ourselves, where we are, what we are doing or not doing with our lives? When we compare out lot in life with others, when we are better off or at least not as worse off, does that makes us feel better about ourselves? There is probably a connection.
Much has been written and spoken; we are what we hear, see, read and think. We get from life what we put into it. The more hopeful and optimistic we are, the more our expectations are likely to be met. If we are down and out, pessimistic, and forlorn, we will get what we really expect. We are increasingly careful about what we eat and breathe. We are concerned about toxins, poisons, and things that may adversely affect us. We should be increasingly careful and alert to how too much bad and negative news may be adversely affecting us.
Challenge: Everything you are exposed to has immediate as well as long term and cumulative impact, good or bad. If you eat too much, eat bad foods, smoke, do not exercise, or do other things bad for you, chances are you will pay a price. If you allow yourself to be unduly influenced by all the bad news that is out there, is seems logical that it will not be good for you. The better your intakes and influences, the better off you will be.
Wisdom: Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure. Norman Vincent Peale
The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. Isaiah 32:17
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matt 6:33
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
Bad things happen. The greater the absence of God; the more bad things are likely to happen. The more we are inspired and led by God, the more likely we will gravitate toward good and away from bad. The more we seek to grow; we will become and achieve our potential. The more we find ourselves in a world of negatives, the more we will be uninspired and unmotivated. We should listen to the good of God instead of the bad of the world.
Prayer: Help me to be able to rise above the negative and always look toward you for the answers to life.