I just finished the first season of HBO’s new series Newsroom. Let me first say if you haven’t watched the series you definitely should, I highly recommend it to anyone that wants to see change in pretty much anything. The premise is an evening news anchor is yanked from his mundane reporting when a new producer comes into his life and wants him to start reporting news that has actual substance instead of being filled with fluff pieces about things like the jersey house wives.
My brother works in news, he’s a producer actually, fortunately for me he works over nights producing the morning news, so that when I was up at 1am watching the 3rd episode in a row we could have a deep texting conversation about the importance of real truthful news. I personally rarely watch any news on television. I receive updates on local news on Facebook from a local station and also from my brother’s station so I can keep tabs on Pittsburgh, I also listen to NPR or the BBC basically everyplace I drive. Before anyone gets their panties in a bunch this does not mean I’m a raging liberal, I just enjoy listening to news that isn’t sponsored by any products or religious groups. I burned out on all the dramatic news and fluff back when I was in high school. And I wish more than anything that there was an actual television news show out there that would smack the American people in the face with some cold hard truths.
As I finished the season finale tonight it occurred to me I want to be “the greater fool.” Not in the economic sense, but in the sense the Olivia Munn’s character means when she says “this whole country was made by greater fools.” That in order to do something great and worth while the people that built this country often did things that others thought were completely insane. The Sons of Liberty and their actual tea party, craziness. A bunch of farmers standing up against the queen’s army, nuts. 9 children standing up against adults who hated them based on the color of their skin, just to get a better education, insane. And yet all these crazy people have helped develop our country to what we are today.
No we aren’t perfect, or even close to that, but we can get there. It’s just going to take some effort, and a lot of people waking up to the truth of what is going on in the world. Even if that means your truth isn’t exactly the same as mine. It’s far more important to take a stand for something than to sit back and remain complacent and let others tell you what to believe in.
Here are some things I believe in:
- Love, in all shapes and sizes
- Equality, not the everyone gets a participation trophy sort, but each the every person is equally a person sort. Every person deserves the same rights and treatment just based on them being a person and who are you to say that they are less of a person than you are
- Responsibility, and taking responsibility. Unless someone physically did something to hold you back in some way chances are it’s not their fault.