Finding Diamonds in the Rough

In a recent post, I made a point of wanting to balance my writing between criticizing what is wrong in the world with talking about more of the things that are already good and the things we can do to make the world a better place. That can be a very difficult thing to do in today’s social climate, especially with a media who seems bent on hyping up every story in an effort to drive ratings. Still, it is very possible to get a positive outlook on the future if we can find a way to sift through the garbage to find the treasures hidden beneath.

What makes it difficult is that it requires time and effort to scroll through a multitude of negative articles to find one or two that are uplifting. One of the reasons for this is that depending on what your moral code is, what is positive for one person might be negative for another. As a more conservative leaning individual watching a progressive dominated media landscape, it is partially my own bias that makes it hard for me to find positivity.

Still, with a bit of time and searching, it is possible to find information about great things happening in the world even in a heavily biased, agenda based mainstream. For example, Idaho recently passed a bill banning abortions after a heartbeat is detected, which is a great move toward preserving the lives of innocent babies. The Supreme Court is hearing a case that may finally settle the issue of concealed carry of firearms across the nation. It is now believed that nuclear fusion will be a viable energy source as early as 2030, which will radically shift the way we look at energy production.

Like anything worthwhile in the world, the good things require a bit of effort. It’s easy to just look at our newsfeeds and assume a negative attitude, but we need to remember that the information we are being fed has an agenda attached to it. It is not in our best interests to listen to anything without first considering where the information came from and how it applies to our own viewpoints. We are capable of deciding for ourselves how we feel about an issue.

This is important, because even if most of what we read is interpreted as negative, if we can shift our way of looking at these things to recognize that it likely isn’t nearly as bad as it is being portrayed to be, it becomes much easier to shift our overall opinion toward a more positive one. Perhaps it can be as simple as assuming that ten negative articles hold the same value as one positive one. If we treat a positivity news story like a precious jewel, it makes sifting through the rest of it much easier.

The great thing about our modern era of internet communication is that we are getting more and more tailored information delivered to us based on our browsing habits, so as we focus more on positive content, more of that content will be funneled in our direction. Clickbait is a thing in mainstream news as much as anywhere else, and avoiding those articles makes a small difference in the algorithms that decide what to recommend to you. Bypassing such stories and focusing more on positive, upbeat titles will slowly shift what information is being fed to you.

That said, we do have to be careful to not avoid negative information entirely. There are things out there happening in the world that we all need to keep an eye on. Tensions with China, the continued slavery of individuals around the world, piracy in various parts of the world, and continued poverty and starvation are all issues on which we need to stay informed. The critical part is taking in only the negative information that really matters and ignoring the fluff and the lies.

With a careful attitude that is skewed more toward seeing the positive in things, we can slowly push back against a greedy media that just wants you to mindlessly watch their content and fill their pockets. Just as in finding balance in our work, we need to find balance in our intake of information. For now, it will require more work than it really should, but the end result is worth it. Take a bit of time every day to place your own mental filter on the stories you see and start focusing more on the articles that make you feel uplifted.

What do you think about negative news media? How much of it is necessary, and how much of it is just trying desperately to grab your attention? Do you actively practice looking for positive stories? Leave a comment below linking a great news story that makes you feel hopeful about the future. Together we can shift the focus of the nation from pessimism back to the hopeful attitude we used to share.

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