By necessity, blogs do not have to be where people put their views about what is wrong. On the contrary, positive stories should find equal space. However, it may be that writers feel that problems are being less addressed than good things being promoted more. It may also be that, like a lot of established media, writers feel that ‘bad news sells’ better. I am always on the look out for good news stories and I am really struck by how few instances I find in ordinary activities.
One of the ads during last night’s Superbowl that made me laugh the most was by CarMax and showed a motorist panicked by acts of kindness as he took his car to a gas station and got FULL service. What is that? He could not accept that people were trying to clean his windshield or administer to his needs with a smile. Out came the pepper spray and more. When a service attendant opened the hood, he feared the man was trying to steal his engine. But, in a world where good deeds may occur less than they used to, this is par for the course.
Good deeds are not absolutes. They depend on whether most or all can agree on the merit of what one (or several) may see as a worthy activity. Slow down to let someone cross during rush hour and you may find that you are the subject of some verbal abuse and the hapless pedestrian becomes a sitting duck target. Do the same during a quieter time for traffic and perhaps fewer are around to object. But, you act depending on what you feel needs to be done to improve life for someone else. Will you also deal with the brickbats with similar indifference? Will you only do the good if it is convenient? Put another way, how far are you prepared to go to do good for others?