The 1980s television show The Facts of Life had a very catchy theme song. If you watched it much you can probably sing along:
"You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have The Facts of Life, the Facts of Life."
It's more than just catchy. . . it's true. Life is filled with both the good and the bad. Sometimes the good outweighs the bad, sometimes it's the other way around. Many times the ratio is in direct proportion to our perspective.
A reflection of the life of our community, the Wetzel Chronicle is likewise filled with both good and bad. Yes, those definitions are also influenced by your opinions, but we've explored that before.
It seems that lately our area's news has been dominated by the bad--thefts, accidents, and such. Those seem to increase this time of year, but so does the good.
Check out the massive operations and widespread cooperation it takes to pull off the Esther Crumbley Foundation's Christmas giveaway (page 1A). Look at the gifts given for foster children (below). There are countless more charitable acts that took place during the holidays. You can also find a few items in the paper this week about donations to various groups (pages 6A, 8A, and 4B).
We believe the good does outweigh the bad. The good is not ignored, it simply shocks us more and stays in our psyche.
An example can be seen in TV Guide's 50 Greatest Movie Moments of All Time. It includes many scenes of the negative variety. In fact, of the top seven, five involve physical violence.
Are there more "bad" movies than "good" ones? Who knows? But it seems that those are the ones we remember. . . just like the news.