In my post "The Antidote" dated 2/20/12, I talk about my vision for a news program that focuses on positive, empowering news, not the fear-based, negative news that seems to be all you can see on TV these days. My vision has recently been reaffirmed.
I'm sure you've ALL heard about the Jerry Sandusky child abuse case. No matter where you live in the world, I'm sure you've heard about it. It was not only about Jerry Sandusky, but it dragged Penn State University through the mud too. It tarnished Joe Paterno's illustrious career, and he was fired after all the hard working years and wonderful things he did for Penn State. I'm not saying that Jerry Sandusky doesn't deserve to be punished to the full extent of the law. If he did what he's accused of, he deserves to never see the light of day again. But the university? The WHOLE university? Really? Oh how the news media LOVES to tear down. But they don't like to build up.
I'm from a city in Pennsylvania. We have one of Penn State's branches here. Because of that, OUR newspaper ran a story of how a Penn State Dance Marathon raised 12.37 million dollars for pediatric cancer research. The event commonly known as THON is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. Including this year's amount, students have raised over 100 million dollars for Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital since 1977. Isn't that amazing? Doesn't that just give you hope for the future?
I bet a lot of you - maybe most of you - never heard this story. Why doesn't the media want to promote the good in the world? They'd have you believe that the world is going to hell. There's no hope for the future. We should all be living in fear. Well, I'm here to tell you that they're wrong. There is so much good in the world. There are so many wonderful things going on. I think it's a shame that the media doesn't cover THOSE things and cover them completely.
I'm not just talking about Penn State. I'm talking about EVERYTHING. Look for the positive. Even when the media is preaching fear and doom, try to look beyond that and search for good. It's there somewhere. I firmly believe if more people look for the good and positive, we'll start finding more of it. I can't do it alone. Help me out... please.
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