A comment on a cartoon:
Given the reality we live in now, “the bad news” always has a greater impact on anyone than “the good news”
That’s because of how the media works. Basic principle: “If it bleeds, it leads“. They only report bad news because it is exciting and creates fear, both of which make you want to return later to see how that thing is turning out. Good news does not have that effect, so there is no incentive for them to include good news stories.
To get you to return – and see the ads, which is the only reason news outlets exist: to sell advertising space – they have to make you anxious, fearful or concerned. Which means bad news, over and over again, every single day.
So we get the impression other cultures are dangerous and scary (they are actually just other people), that other nations are out to get us (they are mostly just trying to run themselves), that an asteroid is going to wipe us out (they mostly are just in their orbit), that a virus will suddenly appear and kill us all (we are riddled with them all the time).
They do not report the billions (yes, billions) of acts of generosity that happen every day. People giving money or gifts to charity, helping a friend or colleague, giving assistance to a stranger, doing voluntary work, caring for a relative. Nations collaborate, trade, share knowledge and work on resolving conflict. Every day people smile, laugh, share, give and care. But that’s not news.
And it should be.
The media give a very false, fear-making, scary impression of what the world is really like.
Remember: they are not giving you the news, they are selling advertising by making you addicted to the drip, drip, drip of titbits about threats and danger that mostly will never affect you anyway.