Finally some good news! We shrank the world and little people are leading us

Wednesday March 7 2018

Students from a Maryland high school protest demanding gun control action from the US Congress on February 21, 2018. PHOTO | AFP

Students from a Maryland high school protest demanding gun control action from the US Congress on February 21, 2018. PHOTO | AFP 

By ELSIE EYAKUZE
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Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft and once the richest man in the world, recently did an open question session on one of the major social media platforms, Reddit, which he then followed up with a great question for the online community.

To paraphrase, he asked: Considering all the bad news out there in the world, what is something good that is happening right now?

We all need a palate cleanser from time to time, especially when the 24-hour news cycle is so obsessed with reporting increasingly “hard” news. Hard in the sense of hard to bear, usually the violence and despair of the human condition.

It is very important not to turn away from this lest we ignore or worse yet forget that there is suffering and we can do better. But sometimes it does feel like a little levity is needed in newsrooms, like maybe they should experiment with breaking good news at least once in a while.

So the question about what is good in the world opened the floodgates of optimist