Looking at the negative things in our lives is both human nature and necessary – to a point. Then it becomes destructive.
As a nation we have spent the last two years at least bashing one another over the head and pointing out all the bad things about ourselves in preparation for elections. Many in the news media profession have been a huge part of this. We’ll admit to pointing the finger at the bad things in our world. We think it necessary to understand the problems in Pickens and upper Anderson counties before we will know how to approach improving on them.
The problem comes when we simply talk about and report on the negatives – house fires, car wrecks, a lack of money for this or that, the failure of one of our elected officials to do something – and don’t look to the positive ways to improve on the ills of our time.
We don’t want this editorial to be interpreted as a reference simply to the state of national politics. It is not. We use reference to national politics because it is a recent symbol of negative vibes in our communities. It is time to move on from national politics.
This editorial is more about the nature of humans to wallow in the negative and failure to see the positives. Many of us have suffered struggles and continue to suffer struggles. Often these struggles make us stronger, so, in that growth, we need to be thankful for the opportunity to improve and move on to something better.
This is a Thanksgiving Day message, a message that yearns for hope. Hope will spring from an attitude of gratitude. So we now need to work on being grateful for the things we do have. That will lead us all as individuals, as a community and as a nation to see the possibilities of where we are and what we have right now and where we can go if we believe we can.