It’s so easy to become overwhelmed and negative and cynical and pessimistic these days, with all the negative news and information, all the lies and crimes and bad things happening in Syria and Washington and right down the street. Newspapers and news broadcasts – with their “If it bleeds, it leads” mentality – don’t help, and folks understandably turn inward, don’t vote, focus on friends and family, become depressed, and just ignore issues and developments over which they think they have little, if any, control. The resulting inaction and malaise add to the frustration experienced by those who are paying attention, and contributes to the chasm between people, the sense of isolation, the “me vs. the world” attitude, the hopelessness that actually helps to maintain a dreary status quo.
And then someone shows us - reminds us, really - that the world’s still beautiful, life’s still good, a positive attitude can still be justified.
For me, the video posted below is the best reminder. I know it’s not new. (It was used in a Super Bowl commercial and was posted in Facebook years ago.) But it’s worth sharing, and watching, again and again. I like it so much because it’s not cheesy or contrived or treacly. It’s real. Natural. It makes me happy. It even counters the negativity associated with the fact that we live in a Surveillance Society where everything is filmed and nothing is private.
That’s not always a bad thing.