Monday, 15 July 2024

Jarrett: We tend to overlook the kindness

In the Sunday Chronicle recently I read a quote from Matt Ridley. (I’m not sure who he is but I’d like to share it with you).

He said: “We overestimate crime’s frequency because it dominates the news. Random violence is newsworthy since it’s rare. Routine kindness isn’t reported; it’s too common. Relax! Our world’s doing better than you imagine.”

It’s so easy to be dismayed by the cruelties and suffering of war and the injustices that exist, we tend to overlook the kindness, cooperation and consideration that we receive from friends, family and strangers.

Carolynn Jarrett lives in Clearlake, California.

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