You are spurred by the words out of your mouth…… But what do you expect?

I have never been one to further the cause of promoting negativity. This simple sentence (it’s only 12 words long) forced me to write, rewrite, and edit it several times. The editing was not due to grammatical errors, I proudly obtained my B.A. in English from The Unsinkable Albany State University, but more so for the content. Within the 12 words of this simple sentence, three of the words stand out to me the most. The words further, cause, and negativity are fairly common in our day to day conversation, however when this words are joined in the same sentence, it can cause chaos. Some may doubt the validity of this statement, well allow me to retort.

According to Webster Dictionary, further is defined as: to a greater extent or degree. The very definition is interesting. So let’s look at this for a few words. If one were to report, tell, or explain something which they themselves deemed to be of importance, this is for all intensive purpose harmless. Also, when one chooses to further report, tell, or explain something then this too is harmless. This one word does not add complication to life, unless what one further reports, tells, or explains are untruths or gossip. But I digress, and we will come back to that in a few moments, the reason; cause.

The word cause in this case does not refer to unflinching desires or propagatives. In this case it refers to a person or thing that is the occasion of an action or invent. We can quite logically replace the word cause for motive. In most cases if a person does something due to a cause, the person is invested in making sure that the cause progresses with as little complication as possible. The attitude of the person performing the actions in support of the cause takes on a by any means necessary approach. This attitude or approach takes on the name of persistent, dedication, and sometimes courage. Again, this word alone is not dangerous. However, when the cause one supports is one that infringes on the rights, safety, or privileges of another human, the cause becomes detrimental. This is when adverse and negative results are sure to follow.

Perhaps one my least favorite words in any language is negative or for the sake of this blog posts negativity. One does not have to search the dictionary for the definition. A more simple and visual aid to give meaning can be found by reading the newspaper or watching television. Now before I’m attacked let me make it plan and clarify the previous statement. I too am a working writer who uses the news and I am attempting to use television for entertainment and informational purposes. So therefore I know that all newspaper articles and television are not negative. However, the amount of negativity that sprues from these two forms of media is both alarming and scary. I am well aware that there are plenty of negative things that happen across our country each day. However, in a country of more than 300 million citizens you mean to tell me that the bad which happens each day outweigh the good each day. Why do I feel this way? Because until we accept things like The Las Vegas Shooting, Sandy Hooks Shooting, or Columbine Shooting as normal occurrences then I have to believe that there are positive things to report through the use of the media. However, on the other hand police brutality, homeless, equal pay, etc.… must be normal because it only gets reported when it is recorded or unfortunately when someone dies.

As a person who believes in humanity and was created by something divine, I refuse to believe that this is the case. Nor will I further the cause of promoting negativity. Yet I will report, tell, and explain something negative, not for the cause of promoting negativity, but to look for possible solutions to things which we seem to accept as normalcy. Why? Because until we can accept police brutality, homelessness, equal pay, etc.… as something of a surprise, then we will forever accept in our day to day lives those entities who chose to use the media as a vehicle to promote negativity. As a result of this when these heinous crimes against humanity occur which take the lives of mass citizens, everything else takes a back seat and we accept those things as normal. How do you prevent it?

Simple. It starts with the person staring back at you in the mirror. On a day to day basis we are sure to be informed of or inform someone of something negative; it is bound to happen. However, it is what comes from your mouth after the negative information is materialized which will determine the approach to information. In other words are you going to be the part of the negative or will you be part of the solution? These words will be most precious and should be chosen wisely.

Scott Hall

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