It’s a Dream

The last day of our trip to the east coast, we were strolling around Annapolis – the capital city of Maryland. At the Café Normandy on Main Street, I picked up a local newspaper – Bay Weekly. The following lines caught my attention:

It’s a dream where people enjoy a high quality of life in a sustainable way that they’ll be able to hand down for generations to come.

It’s a dream of people who want more than dismal, doom-and-gloom news and mind-numbering entertainment. In a world bombarded with the sights and sounds of everything that’s wrong in society, we are at risk of taking on the characteristics of those dark elements we see and hear.

Bay Weekly’s goal is to provide a quality alternative, to focus on the good in society and to explore ways to improve our world.”

How refreshing and enchanting to read these reflective and sensible statements in a small local newspaper! Isn’t it essential for us to “enjoy a high quality of life in a sustainable way?” When will be the time that people can read the headlines that “focus on the good in society and explore ways to improve our world?”

Is it just a dream?

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18 thoughts on “It’s a Dream

  1. Yes, and the sad thing about living a high quality of life in a sustainable manner is still essentially treated just as a dream and we dont take much effort to make this dream a reality, of course unlike you, I must quip! 🙂

    With Best Regards,
    Srijith

  2. srijith,

    Thanks again for your compliment. As you suggested, we must make an effort to make this dream a reality.

    I enjoyed your posts. Your pictures are awesome and your words are inspiting. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Marty, thank you for sharing your view with me. Unfortunately we are bombarded with all the negtive news and it became way of life! I hope I didn’t sound too naive. I am definitely for fighting the injustice. But focusing on positive is just a shifting of the mindset 🙂

  4. America is just a dream, too. We try to live up to the dream, but haven’t yet.
    I’m old enough to remember the same diet of war, war, and for a change, the human side of, yes, war– back in the fifties.

    The war machine, turning our kids into dead statistics for the cost-benefit analysts,
    and turning the dead into ghastly and obscene profits.
    making war seem, well, almost normal. One grows inured to the constant scenes of violence, the endless characterization of “the enemy”.
    But, having seen this dog and pony show back in the fifties, I see it for what it is. Advertising. Marketing war. Our new, improved war will kill our enemies better, faster, cheaper than any war you’ve ever tried. Guaranteed, or double your kids back on a stainless steel gurney, with full military honors.
    Loathsome.
    marty

  5. Helen, it is a refreshing shift. One that I wish would catch hold. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.

  6. Dreams and hope are what maintain us through life’s sorrows and struggle. I don’t believe that it is “just” a dream. I believe it is a small voice in your mind and mine, and if enough others can open up to the possibilities – it becomes reality. I cannot help but think of MLK.

  7. Good news is in the eye of the beholder. If we kill 1,000 suspected insurgents in Iraq, is that good news or bad? Is killing ever good news? Is winning a war good news? If the government reports the economy has grown by X%, it’s probably good news if you’re invested in the stock market, but if your income has remained stagnant while expenses rapidly increase, do you really care about GNP? If the economy has added 1,500,000 new jobs in the past year, does that qualify as good news? Is it still good news if 1,800,000 new people enter the work force?

    I wonder what Bay Weekly considers good news. The one article I read was by an ex-navy enlisted man bitching about officers.

  8. Carl, I see your point.

    Julie, thanks for the comment. I agree with you that “enough other can open up to the possibilities – it becomes reality.” I really appreciate that!

    I love this famous quote: “many men and women see things as they are and say why; I dream things that never were and say why not.” Rock on!

  9. But where would all the curmudgeons of the world go Helen? We need our own paper Grumpy News. This sounds lovely – is it online?

  10. Diana, we didn’t get to the Naval Academy. Most of the days when we were there it was raining and storming. It’s a very nice place to visit.

  11. Interesting question! On a side note I was just in Annapolis myself not long ago, strolling the same streets you probably did! It’s a great place to visit. Did you get to the Naval Academy?

  12. wow….to attain that level is a distant dream for many in my part of the country sadly 🙁 basic necessities itself are far from some people’s reach..infact the majority

  13. Maya,

    Thank you for remind me that many people on this earth don’t have the basic necessities in their daily life. How sad! A little thing we can do makes a difference. And in the meantime, count blessings.