Bad news

Sometimes people ask why news media are so full of bad news; crime, child abuse, environmental destruction, natural disasters, political corruption and the like. (Although,obviously, some so-called newspapers have long since stopped bothering with serious news). My response is: be pleased these things are still regarded as so morally unacceptable, or injurious to human flourishing, that they are worth reporting on.
They are also relatively rare in the whole scheme of things. This is why it’s not such a great idea to follow the news if you have an anxious disposition! Since I was a small child I’ve felt the greatest taken-for-granted miracle and blessing of life is that from one day to the next society basically functions in most places and people respect each other most of the time. It will be a sad day when acts of compassion and basic decency become so rare that they start to fill the news media instead.


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