Have you noticed just how selective the News is on the television? We sit, mesmerised by what is going on on the screen, only half taking most of it in. But, when we stop to think, in spite of the fact that we live in a 'free' country where we can say and think exactly what we like, the News seems to be censored heavily.
It is mostly gloom and doom. Wouldn't it be good if now and then there was an item of news which lifted the spirits?
Some pieces of news miss being reported altogether. For example, an Iranian oil tanker collided with a cargo ship off the coast of China. I have yet to see it reported. I may well have missed a bulletin it was on - but surely it should have had headline reporting for at least one day.
Sometimes, the news on the headlines all sounds so very dreadful that I switch if off before the story comes on in full. Is this cowardly? I think not because the way it is reported is usually only one view and not necessarily a true version.
Local news is even worse in terms of content. Only very rarely is it that the headline is not a murder or a burglary. Only very rarely is the headline something good, something pleasant, an achievement to be proud of.
All this doom and gloom leads us to believe that the world is a wicked place, that things are getting worse by the day and that nothing has improved.
To counteract this is will just give you an instance from the weekly article in The Times today about things that have improved: Global economy grew by three percent last year, global poverty is at its lowest level (yes there is still a long way to go to eradicate this, but an improvement is surely something to feel good about), there are few airline crashes (1 crash for every 16million flights)
making flying the safest it has ever been. Matthew Syed, the writer of this weekly article, is particularly pleased about his last statistic - interracial marriages soar - he himself is the product of such a marriage but, my goodness, how times have changed since the late sixties when his mother, out with his older brother in the pram, was spat upon in the street.
We must be optimistic about the future, we must not always expect the worst. This is the only world we have to live in - let's make the most of it in the spirit of optimism as we go into 2018.