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Sometimes We Get It Right

Posted on Jul 20, 2016 by Lisa Ricard Claro   16 Comments | Posted in The Naked Truth

Siesta Key 071716

Sunset, Siesta Key 07/17/16

Today’s Naked Truth is that it’s tough to maintain a cheerful visage in today’s world. I do my best to make this blog a soft spot to land (hence the beachy sunset photo), but sometimes it feels improper—sometimes even insensitive—to chatter on like one of the Chipmunks, blasting happy exclamation points, when so much of what we see and hear is negative, depressing, maddening, or downright scary.

Yesterday’s big topic was Melania Trump’s pilfering of Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech. Pardon my eye roll. We writers get all fired up about plagiarism—and rightly so—but when it comes to politicians, it’s just politics as usual. The truth is, Mrs. Trump’s name is added to a long line of politicians who have lifted the words of someone else and tried to take the credit. Take a look:  http://wgntv.com/2016/07/19/remember-when-joe-biden-plagiarized-a-speech-while-running-for-president/

I’m sure if I kept Googling I would have found more. That link came up in a one second search and I didn’t look any further. The more surprising thing to me was that The Donald said he wasn’t firing anyone over the whole debacle. And, really, after I took a look at the short (and incomplete) list of those who have done exactly what Melania Trump did, I can hardly lay the blame on any one person. Stealing words appears to be all the rage, and not only in the USA. Also, for all you folks out there worried that DT is going to become president and turn the Oval Office into an Emporium of Evil, take a breath already. They keep shooting themselves with their mouths, making a win rather unlikely. Besides, if you ask Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Oval Office is now, and has always been, an Emporium of Evil. (Perspective is everything.)

Speaking of the leader of ISIS, I read recently that his “escaped former wife” says that he used to be just a “normal family man” working as a university lecturer, a man who came home to his wives (a real overachiever) at the end of his work day to play with his children and, moreover, he loved his children, was their “idol.” (Read the article HERE.) I was reminded of a line in the 1992 movie Shining Through that I’ll paraphrase here: What good is a man who loves his own children if he has no problem killing someone else’s?

Restating/pilfering/lifting to broaden the scope of the statement: What good is anyone who is kind to their inner circle but unkind to those outside of it?

Is the world crazier than it used to be? Are people more violent, more evil? Or is it just that our technology has allowed us to view these events in Technicolor? Weren’t we better off before we could loop a video of some hooded terrorist beheading an innocent victim? Weren’t we better off before people had the ability to make up untrue statements and post them on Facebook as fact? I’m not saying we should be ignorant, only that I’m not so certain our ability to acquire instant news is a good thing. Just because we can doesn’t mean we should. News agencies are in such a hurry to blast out the latest story that they don’t even proofread their postings. Copy editing has given way to faster-faster-faster. And sometimes the evening news refutes the morning news because a story was blown up before the facts were in. A grainy cell phone video hits the Internet and we all become armchair quarterbacks, judge and jury regarding events of which we have no true knowledge. Do we really want it fast? Or do we want it right?

Something to think about: A quote from the 1995 movie The Usual Suspects. It was actually lifted (apropos!) from Le Spleen de Paris, an 1869 collection of poetry by Charles Baudelaire: “The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.”

Evil might be having fun with its bag of tricks, but there is still good in the world, too.  Here is a video courtesy of the Wichita Eagle, and the accompanying news article (http://www.kansas.com/news/local/article90213592.html) proving that sometimes we nutty humans get it right.

 

 

Wishing you peace, love, and a week of kindness. And be careful, too. It’s crazy out there.

xo Lisa

16 Responses to "Sometimes We Get It Right"

  1. Comment by Debra Mayhew
    July 20, 2016 at 10:39 am  

    Excellent post, Lisa. I often find myself completely overwhelmed with the stories in the news. It’s made even worse by all the online discussions that I know I shouldn’t read but I do anyway. 🙂 I don’t want to be ignorant, but sometimes I just have to shut it all off and take a break from things outside my own little world. I’d much, much rather have it right than have it fast, but I fear we are way past that. My comfort comes in knowing that my God will use the bad things of this world for good.And I love that quote from Shining Through…one of my all time favorite movies!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 22, 2016 at 5:55 pm  

      Thanks for the comment, Deb. Like you, I read a lot of stuff on FB I probably shouldn’t as it is either maddening or depressing, and sometimes both! It’s nice to take a break from it sometimes, which I did last weekend. We were in Florida visiting our son and his wife, and I ignored social media, for the most part. It was a welcome respite!

  2. Comment by MonaKarel
    July 20, 2016 at 10:51 am  

    I think it’s more the technology than the events. Savagery has been a way of life for humans for millennia. Sad to say.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 22, 2016 at 5:56 pm  

      You’re right, Mona. My hub and I have talked about that. Since the beginning of time. Sad, but true.

  3. Comment by Pat
    July 20, 2016 at 11:26 am  

    I’m the perennial ostrich. I’ll watch for a while, but then I have to walk away. Personally, I wish places like FaceBook were turned into politics-free zones. Some of the most hate-filled diatribes I’ve ever seen are posted there.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 22, 2016 at 5:57 pm  

      Yes, Pat! I agree with you! I feel as if FB was, when it first started, more positive. These days, it’s a feeding ground for people to vent.

  4. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    July 20, 2016 at 12:14 pm  

    Yes, sometimes people are kind and thoughtful and generous and good. I should say, MOST of the time, people are good. But as my boss said, way back in the day when I worked in radio, “That’s not news.” Coincidentally, why I got out of radio news. I know bad stuff happens every day. I’d just rather focus on the positive. (And that’s a lot easier when I read the paper instead of watch the news. I can selectively choose what I want to know in detail. For all the rest, I’m okay with a headline.) Excellent post, Lisa!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 22, 2016 at 5:59 pm  

      Thanks, Cath, and good to see you “out and about.” Your boss was right about the news. Good stuff doesn’t get much traction. But we can choose what to read and what to ignore, as you also pointed out!

  5. Comment by Stephanie Trietsch
    July 20, 2016 at 1:15 pm  

    Thank you for saying what I’m thinking most days! God help us all!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 22, 2016 at 5:59 pm  

      Amen!

  6. Comment by Sioux
    July 20, 2016 at 5:44 pm  

    Lisa–I hope you are right. I hope DT does not have a chance of winning… but stranger (and scarier things) have happened.

    Thanks for the video clip. I enjoyed it. More events like that need to happen.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 22, 2016 at 6:01 pm  

      My son pointed me to the Reddit site which has an area that is ALL good news (other areas are all bad news, so be sure you’re in the right place). I’ve seen Reddit stuff on FB all the time, but had never checked it out. It’s a good place to go for smiles.

  7. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    July 20, 2016 at 11:50 pm  

    To a certain extent I think you are correct about that technology makes things seem more crazy and violent. Everything is instantly known these days when in the past it would have taken days or weeks for information to get around.

    Since I stopped watching TV and reading the paper I feel like I’m out of the loop at times but mostly I’m happy to remain ignorant of what’s going on. I know that doesn’t really make me sound too smart but I think I’m happier most of the time just reading my books.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 22, 2016 at 6:02 pm  

      Well, we both know you’re super smart…you just aren’t up on the latest bad news! And I bet you sleep better at night for it. I’m like you, as you know…I want happy-ever-afters!

  8. Comment by Donna Volkenannt
    July 21, 2016 at 8:54 am  

    Love the video.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 22, 2016 at 6:03 pm  

      Glad you enjoyed it, Donna!


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