By: Hannah Kenneth
No one can overlook the overwhelming struggle, pain, and fear that has overshadowed this year. The media is ultra accessible today, stretching to almost every social media platform, making it so that you never miss a beat and almost always know whats going on in the world. It is often hard to escape the terrible news, both domestically and abroad. I have found these past few months very difficult. Mixed between wanting to do something to help but not knowing what, or knowing that my most important job is to do nothing. This internal conflict has left me feeling unsatisfied with my role in the changing world, and I know I’m not the only one. Humanity has been faced with challenge after challenge—from a pandemic to economic collapse to police brutality and violent racism—and it’s hard to sit by and watch it. However, as I’ll always say, hope and love are our most powerful weapons and those are the weapons we have in abundance.
Concerning Covid-19, many of us have never witnessed such worldwide destruction and suffering. The amazing thing, though, is how we have reacted to it. Immediately trying to find a cure, social distancing and mass lockdowns—so many of us got on board immediately to help contain the virus. Now, with the world slowly opening back up, it is more important now than ever to continue to practicing social distancing and being respectful of others who may still be struggling. We will make it through this, but only if everyone helps and thinks of each other as their neighbor.
The demands for justice from the Black Lives Matter movement are long overdue. And ongoing social justice cannot wait. Watching all of these oppressive horrors unfold in front of our faces is a unique situation. What a beautiful thing it is to see so many people from a variety of backgrounds come together in an effort to make the world a better place. This constant drive for progress may take time but we will keep fighting.
Given such heavy current events, I thought I might offer a bit of a release—not a distraction from what’s really important—but a reminder that there is good in the world.
- Researchers have found an “off switch” for aggressive forms of breast cancer and clinical trials are to be approved soon. https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/tulane-researchers-discover-way-to-turn-off-gene-to-inhibit-breast-cancer/
- A bakery in Minnesota is giving away hundreds of graduation cakes to high school seniors who have had a less-than-traditional graduation this year. https://www.today.com/food/bakery-giving-away-over-1-000-cakes-seniors-missing-graduation-t183145
- Costco will be offering samples again soon! Hopefully, the food court will open too, I miss Costco pizza. https://www.today.com/food/when-will-costco-s-free-samples-return-t182727
- COVID-19 is forcing people to be sparing with their food and surveys show this may be causing people to eat healthier and waste less. https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/people-are-eating-healthier-during-covid-shutdowns/
- A Golden Retriever has broken the world record for most tennis balls held in a dog’s mouth at six balls. https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/dog-breaks-record-for-most-tennis-balls-held-in-mouth/
- Reduces in pollution and warmer temperatures has had a positive impact on France’s beekeepers. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/good-news/golden-year-for-frances-beekeepers/vi-BB14SCwl
In case you need any more, here are 50 positive things that have happened during the pandemic. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/good-news/from-acts-of-kindness-to-dinosaur-parades-here-are-50-good-things-that-have-happened-during-the-pandemic/ar-BB14FeGB