With everything that has been going on in our country, many have lost sight of one simple ideal: People are inherently good. How many times have you watched someone having car trouble in a shopping center parking lot? Maybe you yourself have been in this situation yourself. I personally have helped numerous people especially back in college from helping with a battery jump start to showing someone how to add coolant. Never once did I walk away based on a political view or beliefs in general, and neither should you. Social media has continued to cause a rift because people believe that rants will change other people’s minds. This just in: it just causes a divide. Texas artist Josh Grider hopes to help people remember that all we have is each other in this journey called life.
I recently mentioned in one of my articles that the news media has become entertainment - something used to continuously stir the pot or inject a motive. It has become a way of creating constant division; something we could use much less off right now. The more we see these bad vibes the larger it affects our overall attitude. Think about all of the people that are at each other's throats now, but for decades before have been at peace. Why the change?
Josh Grider’s song, Good People likens the news-depicted world to the Wild West where chaos is rampant and there are no laws and everyone is for themselves. In some instances that may be the case, but Grider is on to something here. In this upbeat tune, he takes the time to remind us all that the phrase of help thy neighbor is alive and well, no matter what the media tries to say. Social media can be an incredible tool, but it can also create a mask to what is truly going on around us. The divide in this country is no joke, and when media pushes their own agendas, many people believe it and forget that if they fall, someone will almost definitely have an outstretched arm to help.
Grider’s underlying message in Good People is that most of the good that we see and experience never makes the news. We live in a world where some people think if you’re not on Facebook, then you don’t exist. For thousands of years humans have helped each other in a time of need and rarely was it documented. Unfortunately now, we forget and even take for granted the subtle things people do. It could as simple as a smile or holding the door for you. We have been trained to look for the negative when we should stop for a moment and realize how much good is around us. When you take a step back and put down your phone for a second, you’ll realize just how much positive energy is around you.
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