We So Rarely Hear About the Good That Is Done in the World

It almost goes without saying that the mainstream media long ago fell into a sensationalist rubric of, “If it bleeds, it leads.” So a Jeremiad from me about that would be almost pointless.

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I take as my guide Ralph Waldo Emerson, who exhorted, “Don’t waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.”

I will merely note that we hear so rarely about the good that is done every day in the world by people for whom “caring” is an action verb, and not just a bootless wish.

The above YouTube video is a making-of about a project put together by a Belgian cancer charity. The idea was to take people who are under the Sword of Damocles because of their diagnosis, and arrange to provide them with one moment of unalloyed joy—the moment they see their lighthearted fantasy total makeover.

My fave is the “Adele.”

In the run-up, I believe that one of the patients actually does say “Sword of Damocles” in French, but the subtitles do not reflect that subtlety.

Profound thanks to Vincent Dixon, the photographer/videographer, and to all the craftspeople who made it possible.

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