Generally, a lot of people like reading about bad situations.
There is a lot of bad to report globally, nationally, provincially and sometimes locally here in Moose Jaw. Let’s face it. There are a lot of shadows lurking in this world and plenty of negative events that happen all the time.
As much as it hurts the people involved, it is important to report those situations with the hope that someday someone or something can change for the better. What’s happening in Syria, for example, is disgusting and revolting. People are suffering over there.
But if we don’t see it, then for sure nothing will change.
Locally the stories that are the most read tend to revolve around death and accidents.
However it isn’t only negative things that need to be reported, but also the positive things too. Hope is a powerful tool and spreading hope is one of the best things we can do to help make a better world.
There are just as many, if not more, good stories than bad. Every day we can read about inspirational stories if we take the time to look. Whether it’s stories about upcoming concerts, heritage property tours, new initiatives in the health region or a high school sports story, hope isn’t hard to find among the bad.
Sometimes the popular stories are the good ones such as a local vet who received a top veterinarian award. Sometimes popular stories are the ones that have bad attached to them, but send a positive message such as cyberbullying.
The point is we need to care about all of it. We need to hear about the bad in order to increase awareness, education and proactive measures to help. We need to hear about the good to help spread a message of hope.
The world is far from perfect, as are the people in it. Perfection is impossible to achieve, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t strive to make the world a better place. The only way to do that is to learn more and act on issues pressing the world every single day.
All Times-Herald editorials are written by the editorial staff.