A friend of mine recently wrote in his blog about social capital. He talked about how people socialize less with each other, and trust each other less as well. He talked about how we need to reach out and get to know our neighbors and people in our communities. His ideas seemed like good ones, except that I can’t get over my lack of trust in humanity as a general whole. To check out what my friend wrote go to http://sansauto.spaces.live.com/ and read the entry for his blog on September 26, 2006. (Feel free to read the rest of his blog as well, especially the day by day log of his bike ride from Astoria, Oregon to Spanish Fork, UT found in the July and August Archives.)
I think that reading the news every day hasn’t helped my problem with trusting very much. The world is a scary, scary place. But is it also a really good place? I think so. I think we need to be looking for more good in the world around us. That is not to say that we should ignore the many problems in that world. Of course we need to find solutions to the state of the world. I think looking for some good in it is a place to start.
If you are tired of reading all of the bad news…check out http://www.happynews.com/ where all the news is good news, all the time. Some of it may be cheesy, but it’s still good. And please start today to look for something positive in your own world. It can only help.