What darkness?

Look, you can find darkness wherever you go. There has always been the dark, people doing unspeakable things to each other for their own selfish reasons, or for someone else’s selfish reasons. The challenge some days seems to be to find the light, the redeeming acts that show the best in people, the beauty, the evidence that something good and valued can still be found on this wretched planet.

But the plain truth is we overlook the bright and golden parts of life because they’re so commonplace.

People gather to listen to music, play or watch others play, buy groceries, exchange goods, and that’s what happens: They hear music, they play, they interact. The cliche is “A plane landing safely is not news,” because the simple fact is millions (billions?!) drove the roads and did not crash, went about their business and were not robbed or swindled, and made their lives better.

The seekers of darkness will show you the crashes, the thefts, the swindlers, the aberrations and abominations, but the plain and simple fact is we come in peace, we work and play in peace, and while we are constantly seeking to make it better, this life is worth living.

For every dark act there are a thousand acts of good and mercy and light, for every killing there are 100,000 peaceful interactions, for every act of hate there are a million smiles and acts of love. Breaking news of horror comes from all over the world because what we encounter in our everyday lives, in the here and the now, is anything but.

Published by WarrenBluhm

Wordsmith and podcaster, Warren is a reporter, editor and storyteller who lives near the shores of Green Bay with his wife, a golden retriever named Dejah Thoris Princess of Mars, and Blackberry, an insistent cat. Author of Full, Refuse to be Afraid, Gladness is Infectious, 24 flashes, How to Play a Blue Guitar, Myke Phoenix: The Complete Novelettes, A Bridge at Crossroads, The Imaginary Bomb, A Scream of Consciousness, and The Imaginary Revolution.

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