I often listen to news radio in my car to and from work. This is my attempt to stay abreast on current events particularly those of a political nature. I’ve long since given up on watching the news on the boob tube unless I need to quickly catch a weather update. I find TV news way too depressing (maybe it has something to do with the visual impact that makes it more real) and I guess the analysts have made me paranoid about “watching too much TV”. In either case, I would hope that I could find better things to occupy my time than to watch someone tell me about all the horrific things that happened around the world in the past 24 hours.
Anyway, I was listening to news radio on my way home from work the other day and one of the “news worthy” stories struck a nerve. A nerve I didn’t really pay attention to most of the time until now. The story was about a celebrity who has received more publicity and recognition than the president, war on terrorism, or any other life altering event. And the only affect this pathetic insignificant woman has had on our society is to disgrace her parents and herself while teaching our children to idolize the lifestyle of a spoiled, lazy, self-righteous, rich kid who couldn’t and wouldn’t contribute an ounce of her time let alone her money to “the greater good”. How did this person become “news worthy”? And, why do we allow it by forking over our hard earned dollars to people so undeserving? Why not contribute to a worth while cause that will make lives better and brighter?
At that moment, one sentence sent me crashing to earth from my lofty perch: Bad News Sells! We are all attracted to it like vultures and in the words of daffy duck himself, “It’s Dispicable!” So, I say a foundation is in order! A foundation that would promote news of the good and bring recognition to the common people that make our world a better place to live in. Awards, money (gross amounts of money preferrably) be given to teachers, nurses, civil servants, trash men, bus drivers, and all hard working decent americans that do their part day in and day out to make sure this country survives. To say thank you and show our children that hard works does pay, it’s the right way and sluffing your way through life is just plain bad character and should not be glorified. So, this is my thank you! THANK YOU!