Are We Still the Good Guys?

Man, I really love-hate this novel.

Four days without a post; that’s quite a feat. 😉 Anyway, I’m back with a little post about goodness. And the lack of it. But also the abundance.

September has almost drawn to a close, and it’s almost the end of a pretty depressing month. There have been riots across the world which have left many dead, in the midst of those riots Syria’s plight has been momentarily ignored, an avalanche killed climbers in Nepal, and in lesser news, the world paid attention to Paris Hilton. I hate opening newspapers sometimes, because some articles can almost leave you with your faith lost in humanity. Murder. Rape. Child abuse. Worst of all, the fact that these things are becoming so common as to be banal.

It’s an old debate, but I do sometimes wish the papers offered more positive news. And not just a small, five-line paragraph depicting a quick and unexpected miracle, but some actual good news. Like more articles about prisoner rehabilitation, or governments actually attempting to tackle child-labour? Or an article like this one, where a golf-star has recently won £7,000,000/$11,000,000 and has pledged to give back to his community and to charities:

“I’m not a flashy guy. I do not need $11m,” said Snedeker.

“I’ve had a car for four and a half years — a Yukon Denali — and it’s got 24,000 miles on it. Why do I need a new car?”

Snedeker already helps charities near his native Nashville and he hinted that they, along with his family, would be the big benefactors of his victory.


-Brandt Snedeker

That article made my day. That’s very rare for a Yahoo article. But it did. And I’ve decided that following each of my next few blog posts, I’m going to have a link at the bottom (or top) to a positive news article. Not because I’m trying to pretend that the world is nice and full of  flowers and puppies and rainbows. It isn’t. But it isn’t full of death and destruction and hatred, either.


A quick shout-out to NicoLite Великий over at I Really Just Pretend to Know Stuff, thanks mightily for the Addictive Award nomination! The rules state that I should divulge exactly why I blog, which a cursory glance of my post list tells me I haven’t in entirety. I endeavour to do so in the next two days, and post a list of ten blogs I’m currently addicted to, but I don’t actually think ten’s enough! 😉

14 thoughts on “Are We Still the Good Guys?

  1. Sophia

    I know what you mean, it feel compelled to feel irate over what people think is ‘news’. For example Yahoo, I stopped reading their articles because everything is else is simply rubbish. I turn on the news with a tentative finger on the remote, eyes closed, ready to hear about the worst of the world. When I do get to see good news, I grow ecstatic, because it gives that last glimpse that humanity isn’t entirely dead after all. Riveting post as always! I know what you mean, blogging is just too good to forget about it. 😀 Also, that article about the golfer, wonderful! If only more men like this existed, for they all prefer the rushes of persistent buying, greed gnawing at their minds. It’s sickening frankly, so it was nice to see this man truly care for people!

    1. dlaiden Post author

      Yeah, it becomes almost a miracle in itself to hear about anything remotely good; we’re now surprised to see basic acts of human kindness! And the golfer story is amazing. I’ve always wondered why more wealthy people don’t think like that. They don’t need all that money to survive. But alas. Glad you enjoyed the post!

  2. NicoLite Великий

    Your welcome, I was growing giddy when I didn’t see any of your posts in my reader for so long 😉 There are lots of “good guys” around, but since power is (often rightfully) considered evil, not many “good guys” strive for it, and when they do, tend to accumulate it slower. If you were cyynical, you could say that in order to right the wrongs, you need to create wrongs in the first place.

    1. dlaiden Post author

      Haha, I’m glad you’re a fan. 😉 And I see your point. And I guess the bad guys wouldn’t exactly talk about good and virtue if it makes them no profit. The cynical argument is the same as the good=evil one isn’t it? Without the bad we wouldn’t appreciate the good as much. Interesting point. And a clever (albeit twisted) plan by the media.

  3. Thomas

    Looking forward to your future posts! And I do think that the world is full of people who are spiteful and entrenched in hatred, but that the world also possesses those who are truly good and want to make a difference. Hopefully, one day, the good will overcome the bad. (:

    1. dlaiden Post author

      I’m glad you enjoy them! I love reading your blog; your posts have an honesty it’s rare to find these days. 🙂 And I definitely want to work towards a future like that, even if people call others dreamers for doing so. 😉

    1. dlaiden Post author

      I know what you mean. >.< I have to read it for my English lit class so I'm stuck with it until our exams in January. I think McCarthy has a fantastic way with words, but the story itself just drags on…and the boy is almost constantly in some sort of mood near the end.

    1. dlaiden Post author

      The Road by Cormac McCarthy. I think it was turned into a film/movie in the past two years? It’s basically a post-apocalyptic survival horror (well, perhaps not traditional scared-the-bejeezus-out-of-me horror, but it is pretty horrifying).

  4. Peter Monaco

    I can’t wait for the links. I would love to pretend the world is flowers and puppies and rainbows for a bit. Ignorance has been working so far but evidence would be even better.

  5. livesinstone

    I also read the Road, but found I really didn’t like it. The fact that it couldn’t be written like regular books with quotations around speaking parts irritated me, and since I usually like apocalyptic stories, it was kind of a disappointment that this one didn’t appeal. I can see why one might seek more stories about daisies and puppies after reading it. 🙂 I’ve also become disillusioned with the news, and found reading blogs to be a bit more cheery. 🙂 It’s nice to have a reminder about what’s right in the world for a change, so I’m looking forward to your new posting idea, it’s a good one. 🙂

    1. dlaiden Post author

      Yes, it’s a horrible book. My entire Lit class didn’t want to go through with it after discovering McCarthy’s artistic license that was the near-total lack of speech marks. >.< I roughed it out, but I find myself disappointed with the ending now.
      The media does indeed make the news incredibly depressing; hopefully my links might brighten things up slightly. 😉


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