SEEING BEFORE BELIEVING
Saw this pop up as a quote of the day in my iGoogle page early this morning, as I slowly recover from Christmas day.
"There are two kinds of light--the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures.
In particular, it made me go back to the list to see how many of the stories were illuminated vs. obscured by the glare of media generated attention.
It also raised the second derivative question of how many of those stories became stories due to the efforts of specific vocal minorities who had an ax to grind. Which narrow constituencies benefited, which broader ones lost.
It made me think especially about the ninth story on AP's list, the immigration debate, which I've worn on my sleeve in my blog posts of late.
And it's not just the top stories on the AP list, but any other list we're likely to read as we close out this year.
Today is the day after the day of good will towards all.
Let's think about the issues we're passionate about in the light that illuminates. And the good of the many, not the few.