Sandra Bullock’s idea that there’s a lot of good in the world

I saw Sandra Bullock interviewed on David Letterman the other night – by the bye, I think he’s a very strange man, and am never sure if I totally understand him.  She was talking about “The Blind Side” a film about a suburban mother who took in a homeless black teenager who’d been abused and utterly neglected.   She embraced and nurtured him, and guided him to a football career.  (She won the best actress Oscar and her first Academy Award.)

Love conquers all.  It’s based on a true story.  Letterman asked Sandra if she thought that much of this kind of generosity of spirit and love happens in the world.  She said “all the time, there’s a lot of it, it’s just that we don’t hear about it”.

How easy it is to form a world view based on what the media feeds us.  Death, destruction, mayhem.  The more we watch that and don’t see it balanced out by all the great stuff that is happening, the more we believe it.  The more we lose faith.  But I agree with Sandra.  I know that there are a lot of things we’re doing wrong: but I don’t want to lose sight of all the things we’re doing better than we’ve ever done before.

There’s a writer on Searchwarp who’s very articulate and intelligent, and has – probably rightly – pointed out every minute detail about what western culture is doing wrong.  We’re not conscious enough, we’re driven by greed and materialism, and we learn our lessons too late blah blah blah.  Bad, bad, bad, is the theme of every article.  He doesn’t consider himself to be a part of it.  He knows better, and appears to believe he’s highly spiritual.

The thing is, he’s not inspiring to read, and he doesn’t make me want to be a better person, or a more conscious one.   I just want to get away from the burden of his criticism.  I’d be more likely to follow somebody like Sandra Bullock, who’s down-to-earth, has her own foibles, doesn’t set herself up above anybody else, and sometimes makes movies about the good things that happen in life.

I guess it just depends where you want to shine your torch, what part of life you want to illuminate so that others can see it better.  I think I’m going to start looking for the good things that are happening in the world.

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