WATWB – Your Monthly Shot of News That Doesn’t Suck

In a world where some nut sack gets a wild hair up his ass and decides to detonate himself at a concert, it’s not always easy to find good news out there in the wild. Sure, there are a plethora of cute animal pictures and videos about people rescuing bear cubs, but those things don’t exactly have world-changing properties.

So, if you’ve been living on Mars, in a cave, with your fingers in your ears, you’ve probably heard about the jackass (sorry, I refuse to use nice words for terrorists) who blew himself and whole host of people up at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. Go ahead and add that to the list of things jackasses have done with alarming regularity accomplishing nothing but making people hate their pathetic little guts more.

Of course, that hatred flows over into an entire group of people, most of whom have done nothing wrong and don’t deserve the vitriol that gets heaped on them by other idiots. Thus, the cycle of miserable little lives continues unabated.

This is sad state of affairs, but all it takes to knock it out of whack is a little bit of kindness. I’ll admit, I had to do some serious searching to find something good for the month, but I did find a story about a Muslim man helping a Jewish woman at the site of the Manchester massacre.

Check it here

That’s exactly the sort of thing that we should be celebrating and the beautiful thing is, it didn’t cost anything, it didn’t require risk, no one had to go and save a busload of nuns from a roving band of bikers. All it took was being a decent human being and deciding it was easier to not be a dick than it was to be a dick.

So, here’s your homework for the week: next time you feel like lighting someone up, try not doing that thing and see how it feels. Hold the elevator for someone rather than furiously pushing the door close button. When someone wants to get in front of you in traffic, let them. It’s pretty easy to not be a jackass and takes less effort than it takes to be a jackass.

And, just because I’m not feeling like a jackass, have a picture of a cute pit bull.

The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by six co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are Peter Nena, Eric Lahti, Inderpreet Kaur Uppal , Roshan Radhakrishnan , Emerald Barnes and Lynn Hallbrooks.

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15 thoughts on “WATWB – Your Monthly Shot of News That Doesn’t Suck

  1. I’d say you told it like it was/is. Thanks for making the effort to show that humans don’t have to be mean and kindness takes less effort. Thank you also for being a #WATWB team member!

  2. Does that dog have teeth!

    Thanks for that story. I’ve not been able to stop thinking about Manchester, a new low for humanity. I like your ideas for change, too, Eric.😘

  3. Great story – we need more of these. I think I’m going to be posting blogs to Facebook all day today – nothing better to be doing- may as well spread kindness.

  4. Eric, thank you for finding the simple act of kindness amidst the bitterness, sorrow and rage brought forth by the Manchester event. It is a light shining in a dark moment. Thank you.

  5. May our hearts always be open and touched by kindness and compassion, and may we always be willing to offer it and receive it as well. Lovely story to share in these tender times. And perfect homework suggestions as well. 🙂

  6. I found it difficult this month to find any positive stories, too. I cobbled together a post, but think you’ve said it better here. Love the photo of the pit bull.

  7. Hi Eric – the coming together of everyone at the Manchester atrocity … mothers being with children who weren’t theirs, while her husband went to find their own kids … people making sure they got in physical contact with their relatives … so many were ‘displaced’ in the mayhem. It’s desperate – and the story of Muslim and the Jewish woman … there is and was a lot of that – thank goodness for the kindness of strangers. We do need more tolerance and understanding … here’s to hope … thanks for sharing this – cheers Hilary

  8. Eric, thanks for highlighting a simple moment of goodness sparkling amidst the horror and grief of the massacre.

    Your post nails it. You pull no punches…and tell it like it is!

    You reminded me of one of my favorite quotes: “If we all do one random act of kindness daily, we just might set the world in the right direction.”
    Writer In Transit

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