On any given day, the darker side of human nature is on full display in the media. Various news sources serve up an endless buffet of celebrity drug overdoses, geo-political atrocities, human trafficking, gang violence, domestic abuse and other seamy behaviors. Who could be blamed for asking “What is wrong with people?”
The answer? There is nothing wrong with people. But there is a serious problem with the choices people make every day. Compounding the bad decisions problem is the fact that the bad decisions get all the publicity, while the thoughtful, considerate and responsible decisions in comparison, go largely unpublicized.
Unless I missed it, you’ve never seen a 10-year, $100 million contract offer to a loving Mom who without fail has read to her child every night since the day she was born. The same can be said for that anonymous student who quietly hits the books while his partying friends are hitting the bong. And today like every day, there will be no headlines for the countless, middle-age adults who willingly give time and love to elderly parents who have always given time and love to them.
Human nature gets a bad rap in the media, it’s true. But out where life is lived rather than sensationalized, I think human nature is doing just fine.