I have made a habit of not watching the TV news. For the sake of sensationalism, which apparently generates bucks for the sponsors, all I ever hear on network news is the bad news. Sometimes there will be a cute human interest story, or a cute animal tale, but generally it’s all about conflicts and crime. It’s enough to make one lose their hope for humanity.
We all know on some level that there is good news too. The Good Samaritan who does his work quietly; the anonymous paramedic, doctor, social worker, or just the ordinary man or woman on the street who sees someone in need of aid and provides it.
So, in the interest of shining a little bright light into all our lives, I decided to post this little poem I found in a Sylvia Browne book. It’s there to remind us that there is good around us always. OK, it’s a pretty corny. At least it rhymes.
The Brighter Side
Someone committed murder last night.
But hundreds of thousands were kind,
For the wrong that is done is forever is sight
To the good that are fearfully blind.
Someone deserted his children today,
But millions of fathers were true.
The bad deeds are not such a fearful array
Compared to the good that men do.
Somebody stole from his brother last night,
But millions of honest men live.
Someone was killed in a murderous fight,
But thousands were glad to forgive.
Their brothers, the wrongs that were fancied or real.
The crimes that we hear of each day
Compared in the good deeds that we could reveal,
Make not such a fearful array.
I would answer the men who stand up and declare,
That the world is much given to vice
That the sum of men’s crimes every day, everywhere,
Can’t compare with man’s sweet sacrifice.
That for every black soul there are thousands pure white,
The sum of the sinners hopefully is few.
And I know in my heart that the world is all right,
When I think of the good that men do.