Well, Walkie, try this...
Our oldest son is up in Chicago auditioning for a top 5 World Class drum corps. He hasn't marched since the middle of summer. He is an engineering major, so this is NOT part of his education. It is something he has wanted to do, and he is doing it. We are very proud of him.
Now that may be a Charlie and Angie 'thing', but here is your uplifting part. How many people out there chase their dreams against all odds? How many of them win? How many don't win, but grow in the process? How many people have aspired for something far out of their reach having nothing to lose and everything to gain?
Charlie, Angie: Thanks. I wish your oldest son Good Luck. I hope you are able to see him march in the drum corps. It's an honor to be there.
Fly, thanks. Walkie does have his moments though.
Walkie was hoping many more of our bloggers would post something good to read. He was even hoping some of our lurkers would actually post a blog for the first time to share a good thought.
What is news?
Walkie gets on edge when all he sees in print, on tv, on the radio, and the net is more bad news than good. Why are we as Americans so blood thirsty that we want to hear more about murders, rapes, robberies, home burnings, etc than the birth of a new baby or the selfless generous gesture from one stranger to another?
Why can't the main front page headline for the Statesboro Herald print edition be about a new birth at EGRMC than about 7 people having a meth addiction or an armed robbery near the GSU campus?
Take a look at how much press the bad news gets as opposed to the good news. You might be surprised to see how much bad news is the leading headline during your favorite newscast. What about the front page of the news paper? What about your favorite news sites on the web?
Walkie is starting to form a theory that the evil in our society is not from Washington, but from the mass media. They voluntarily choose to make bad stories the headlines and not the good stories. Why? I guess it's because of the almighty dollar.
Our society is becoming darker and darker with each passing generation; generally speaking of course. When all we see and hear about in the media is bad news, it's not surprising.
I remember back in the 90's TBS had a program called "Good News". For 30 minutes - minus commercials - that's all they profiled; good news. It was a good program. I like CBS's "Sunday Morning" program because of its good nature.
There are 23 million Americans, that we know about, that are out of work. There are people struggling in all kinds of different ways. Let's try to do something a little more good natured during the upcoming holiday season (which started after Labor day of course).
Take the Walkie challenge. If you rant and rave about something in a blog; make your next blog a more good spirited and uplifting post. Can we do it? I think so. I hope we can let it ride until after the new year. If so, we can begin to take back our society.
What do you think?