The word ‘negativity’ has become a cliche. We often feel that in present world there is more ‘bad’ than ‘good’; that ‘wrong’ is rule and ‘right’ is exception; that there is more ‘unfair’ than ‘fair’. I believe that is not a correct observation.
Finding out what is wrong is a safety mechanism for us. The sooner we know what is wrong, the safer we can remain. Our natural tuning is to first look at what is not going the way it should go. ‘Good’ is not less but it is talked about less and ‘bad’ is not more but it is talked about more. An unhealthy part of body gets attention while healthy ones are ignored. Similarly a bad employee usually gets more focus than a good one. Acts of crime find place in headlines while acts of goodness are overlooked.
Sustainability of the existence is on the one simple fact that things which are right have to be more than things which are wrong. And the fact that the world is still growing suggests that ‘good’ still outweighs ‘bad’. Yes we are sitting on high potential; potential to destruct as well as build is higher today than ever. But reign is still in the hands of ‘good’. ‘Wrong’ probably prepares a playground for ‘right’ to play the game of goodness and restore the drifting balance. Then why it’s so important to counter ‘badness’? One may wonder!
I have no doubt that even today the world has more good people than bad. What should worry us though, that apart from its natural ability to get noticed easily, ‘bad' is being marketed well and made to look glamorous. It is made to look more fashionable, exciting and tempting. The vulgar reality of ‘bad’ in long-term remains concealed to most. Therefore chances of it growing faster are high, and that is why, it is important for us to counter it intelligently.
We must realize that ‘goodness’ is a great product which is often not marketed well. In most areas long term benefit of ‘goodness’ are not getting its due attention. The need today is that we must glamorize ‘goodness’, it must be made a brand worth being proud about. We not only need role models for goodness, we also need to see that they get noticed. We must figure out the ways to make it more attractive and palatable. A gift with a good packing often finds the first attention of receiver. Yes the gift (goodness) is great but the packaging needs to improve as well.
Dr. Vivek Modi
Success Coach and Corporate Trainer