- Feb 3, 2011
You make several good points here. There is a lot of good done throughout our society which people generally are not aware of.I think they are very far apart. There may be a lot of savagery in the world but there is also a lot of good. I suppose it depends on your definition of savagery. General Urko thinks a little pushing and shoving....handbag stuff essentially..... is savagery. I think the linked pieces in the OP are more to savage than the clip of the tinkers with the laptop. But maybe that's just me.
I see civility every day. Nothing major mind, but many neighbourly and kind acts every day. I have met some very charitable people too. Not long ago I had the great privilege to meet a couple of Dublin lads who, over the past few years, have raised about 800K for various charitable causes around the world. These guys give up stacks of their time to do this. I also lend some of my time in work to the company's charitable foundation and the amount of work, good will and effort given to chariatable organisations, and received from same around the wo5rld is very heartening.
So you could easily wallow in the savagery. By nature we sink to the lowest common denominator, but if you step back and think about it, you will surely see there is quite an amount of good in the world too. Which is there more of, I would like to think goodness, but its Friday and I'm in a good mood.
For example last Saturday night I was out in Dublin City centre. As you know we have far too many people with no choice but to live on our streets.
Being the designated driver that I am these days, I was able to observe a group from Portlaoise quietly and unobtrusively handing out warm drinks and sandwiches and some basic toiletries to folks sleeping in the doorways throughout our city centre.
I was very impressed that a group like that would take time out of their own lives to travel a round trip of what, 100 miles?, and to give up their own Saturday night to help people less fortunate than themselves.
Of course you won't hear this - and countless other acts of generosity - being reported in our media.
We don't have to do the bigger gestures to make an impact though. By keeping the peace and doing small acts of generosity too each of us can contribute to making this a better society.