I have been commenting so many ugly stories this last weeks and watching so horrible images around the world, thinking about what would be the outcomes of what is going on in the arab world, North Africa, the whole Africa, because one thing is what the news is serving us and other is the reality of the lives of troubled poor countries in that wonderful Continent and in Asia that nobody in our rich countries think about.

(Well, you can say that we are in crisis, that our economy is going down, that we are not so secure as before, that we are dealing with problems, but tell what is our crisis about to that people, tell them how many times you eat a day and what is in that meals and see the expression in their faces). It’s all enough to be depressed. I have to confess that sometimes I feel actual fear to see the news, and I’m Journalist.

I think that there are moments when we have to stop a moment and think about the human beings around us and in the whole world. There are problems, big, desperate problems. Life and death choices, but also millions of humans beings who are men, women, children, young, elder, healthy, ill; who love, suffer, many times forgive because of love to the people or because of their faith in a forgiving God; people who want peace. Many don’t have it because of what’s going on in their countries, others, because what is going on in their neighborhoods or in themselves, many are capable to fight hate even in this situations (I have knowing some of then) others can’t o wouldn’t. That’s the mystery of the human being.

But we all have life and with it if we want, hope, and the ability to love and forgive and fight hate, people around us, friends, and a world that is a piece of art, so beautiful, so full of great surprises, a gift to the eyes, the senses and the spirit. That’s our available stop  in all this mess. Not to escape, but to survive with the right perspective of the events: not only that of the news, but with the real life of the human beings.

I remembered Louis Armstrong singing the song in the YouTube video at the top of this post. He didn’t have an easy life but I guess that this wasn’t only a song for him, it was what he saw around him, maybe because then people had time to walk the streets and watch around. Now we run hardly noticing each other, spend hours glued to the computer, have too much information, don’t know how reliable is, have too many virtual friends and have only a few real life contacts.

We have many problems, we want to help people in trouble, but we have to stop and look around, watch faces, say hello, how do you do?, but actually thinking I love you… Look up, forget the asphalt if you are in the city, maybe watch a tree or listen a bird, or take a train and go hiking look around  and think (would be easy, I promise) what a wonderful World!

About Olga Brajnović

Journalist. In my fifties. I've worked for 26 years in a newspaper in Spain. I worked for two years as a stringer and correspondent in the US, and went as a special envoy to other places like the Balkans. Sea lover. Avid reader. Classic Music enthusiast.


Ethics, Journalism, Our Life, World and Politics


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