I consistently find people who are trying to make things go right, even under the most brutal conditions. All I have to do is look for their stories, which mainly appear in blogs.
One of my favorite Iraqi bloggers writes of a tragedy that struck his household this week. His brother-in-law, a brilliant young doctor was celebrating the opening of a foundation offering essential services to the poor, when he was assassinated.
In his article, Kill us, but you won’t enslave us, Mohammed shows the extraordinary courage that ordinary people exhibit when they continue to rebuild a country in which lawless elements are still roaming freely.
In a world filled with hate, it is encouraging to know that there are still men and women of good will who doggedly continue to build a better world, no matter what the cost.
It is a further testimony to the growing power of blogs that stories like this are available to all who care to look. These people are not "news" so their stories do not appear in a mass media focused on sensational trivia. No, their tragedies and triumphs are the real stuff of which our world is made. Understanding them is the key to staying sane in a world that is increasingly polarized by those with a political agenda.
If you really want to find out about an area of the world today, read the blogs of the people who live there. You will get all sides of every issue and will be able to make up your mind as to what is really going on there.
Thanks to Instapundit for the link.