OPINION: 2017 our way out of wreckage

Asia Porter | Online Editor

Bad news peaks our attention

It never fails that in the event of a roadside crash, we forget that we’re running 10 minutes late and slow down to take in all the details of the crash-site. Our eyes gravitate towards the wreckage and rubble.

Media outlets’ daily broadcasts are filled with reports of street murders, house fires, interstate crashes and any other incident that results fatality or injury. Cameras focus on the minor violent occurrence rather than the overall peaceful protest, because it’s perceived to be more entertaining to the viewer. However, recently, this has been proven to be a false conclusion.

That roadside crash is tempting to look at. In fact, we may even fall to the temptation, but as we analyze the wreckage, we look for survivors.

Amidst the flurry of executive orders, protests and hateful rhetoric from both sides, the Internet stopped to look at not the trainwreck that was unfolding in our nation’s capitol but a baby announcement.  

We’re living in a world that is perceived to be headed towards an apocalyptic era. We tell ourselves that it’s human nature to want to see the gory aftermath, that we can’t help but to look for the bad in everything and everyone. But, a 38-word Instagram post got people speaking and tweeting positively again, for while it’s habit to stop and look at the bad, we can’t help but to wait out for the good.

When millions of men and women of all races, ages, religions and political allegiance came together for the Women’s March, it brought us hope. When photos of Americans in airports supporting those impacted in President Trump’s travel-ban surfaced the Internet, it brought us hope. In today’s society, we need something to believe in. We need a reason to ignore the shattered windshield and unrepairable body damage and believe that something good can come out of it. It doesn’t matter what it is: a women’s movement, a march for pro-life, or even a celebrity’s pregnancy announcement. It doesn’t matter who you are: you can be male, female, gay, straight, democrat, republican; we all look for that glimpse of hope.

Many saw 2016 as a failure, a blemish in America’s history. Many more see 2017 as the aftermath of last year’s mistake. But, these past few weeks have shown me it’s our glimpse of hope that will carry us through the wreckage.