I Hate Watching The News

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I Hate Watching The News

 

For the longest time I would watch the TV news to learn about what was going on in the world.  The one thing I have learned is that when you watch the news you get to hear about the same story twenty different times.  I love how news stations talk about current events like—president Obama’s dog or how the first lady wore shorts.  Quite frankly I don’t give a hoot about what kind of dog the first family has or what the first lady’s fashion choices are.  I sure as hell don’t care if Sonya Sotomayer said something about being a Hispanic female judge 10 or 15 years ago.

My favorite was turning on the news to learn that Paris Hilton and Nicole Ritchie were drunk again…whoopee!!!  Thanks CNN I couldn’t have lived without knowing that.  What I began to think is that Americans were uninteresting, but that surely is not true.  I have seen the good in people all around the country and all around the world.  Why is it that we don’t care how someone helped another but are very interested in how much a celebrity divorce is going to cost them?

 

Good Deeds

A few years back, while playing catch with a friend in a field alongside a highway, I had an opportunity to be a good samaritan.   A car pulled over with a front tire flat, it was a Buick LeSabre and fairly new.  At first I figured it was a young guy and would do nothing of it, then the man that was driving crawled out of the drivers door.  He was about 65 to 75 and perfectly capable of changing the tire, however it would probably have taken an hour and all his energy.  Judging by his attire and that of his wife they were heading somewhere nice or coming back from somewhere nice.  By the time the old man had the trunk open, my friend and I were there. 

“Can I give you a hand sir?” I asked

“Huh, oh no thank you son, just got a flat.”

While the old timer was talking to me my friend had grabbed the jack and lug wrench and he handed them to me.  The old man saw my friend and turned to assure him that he could handle it.  As my friend was retrieving the spare from the trunk I had the hubcap off and lug nuts loose and was jacking up the front of the car.  During constant assurance that he could do it, and continuous reassurance that we knew, the tire was getting changed.  All in all the process probably took ten minutes.  As we put all his tire changing equipment and flat tire in the trunk he was asking us what he owed us.

“Nothing, just pay it forward.” We responded

Good Deeds Unheard

Everywhere you go and everywhere you look someone at some time is doing something nice for a stranger.  People may wonder why while some wouldn’t care.  I tell you that is what life is all about.  Make a difference in the world by helping someone.  Have you ever seen anyone struggle with groceries or something heavy?  Have you ever turned your back on them while choosing to ignore their tribulations? 

I think that while the world chooses to hear about celebrity crisis and crime, we should choose to hear about what someone did to help out a complete stranger.  If no one is around I always choose to stop at a crash.  I challenge everyone to help out a stranger for just one day.  The cost is small compared to the value it has.

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brownlickie 7 years ago

I watch the news every night and on most nights I wake at the end for my favourite ROSEANNE. Terrific hub


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

You're a good man, Charlie Brown/Wesley Cox. There was post on the forums today about good deeds by Gemsong and about how she gave a stranger a lift because she just felt that it was the right thing to do. I see that you share the same sentiments (and so do I). Thank you, Wes!


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Princessa 7 years ago from France

I remember when i was pregnant I became very "sensitive" and cried everytime I saw the news. Just seeing all the horrible and sordid things happening in the world made me sad and I could not stop crying. Eventually I stopped watching the news. After my baby was born I went back to normal (stopped crying) but I never went back to watch the news. Very rarely I do it now.


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myownworld 7 years ago from uk

this was beautiful...as always your sensitivity pours through....I agree with everything you've said...:)


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thanglynn07 7 years ago from Long Beach, CA

I completely agree! I would much rather see ur story on the news rather than Paris Hilton's new shade of lipstick or lip gloss lol. That should strictly be E!News... We need to acknowledge our good samaritans out there...our heroes...they definitely deserve recognition. I think people who dedicate their lives, who fight for this country should make as much as celebreties if not more. Alas, sadly, people pay more for entertainment than having our lives saved again and again by those who are willing 2 die for us without knowing us but because they love OUR country.


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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA

Wesleycox-I join in your criticism of the news as delivered now a days, and applaud the good deed, been on both sides of paying it forward. Great Hub!


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wesleycox 7 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Brownlickie: Thank you for commenting. I can see why you would fall asleep during the news.

Dohn: I thank you, and giving a stranger a lift can be dangerous. Of course you want to be careful when deeding.

Princessa: Thank you for coming by and commenting. I am sorry to hear that the news made you cry, but I am also glad that you are better now.

Myownworld: Thank you for visiting and reading my story.

thanglynn07: Thank you for stopping by and enjoying my story. I would have to whole heartedly agree with you.

Hmrjmr: Thank you for visiting.


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ethel smith 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

I sort of like watching the news. However I agree that much is not newsworthy ie the Queen has a bruise on her leg, or repeated yntil you are sick and tired of hearing it. Also good news, I guess, does not sell.


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wesleycox 7 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Thanks for visiting Ethel and thank you for the comments.


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wesleycox 7 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Thanks for visiting and commenting. I will take care.


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tony0724 7 years ago from san diego calif

Wesley thank you for sharing your positive experience here . In a world gone crazy we can always use more of this . I gave up on watching the news and I am a political animal by nature. But one can only take so much . Now I go outside and watch the sunset on the ocean In the distance , way more Inspiring ! Thx Wesley .


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wesleycox 7 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Hey Tony, thanks for stopping by and enjoying this hub. I also prefer nature over the news.


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sabrebIade 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

"Good Deeds"

You know Wes, if 95% of the world did things like that, we as a culture would be okay.


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wesleycox 6 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Sabreblade: Thank you for stopping by and enjoying the message of this hub.


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Great hub. I do believe there are good and decent people on this earth, but sadly "the News" doesn't find their goodness all that interesting. I like the way you think. Be safe.


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wesleycox 6 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Thanks for visiting breakfastpop. You are absolutely right.

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