Editorial - Saturday, July 19: Bad news hits home faster now

A PLANE shot down with a tragic loss of lives; civilians being killed in Middle East border skirmishes rooted in religion and history; ongoing suffering across Africa and mounting concerns about the health of the global economy - there's no shortage of news invading our homes 24/7 which could lead even the strongest to despair.

It's an unexpected consequence of the growth of digital media that it is now increasingly difficult to hide from what's happening around the world.

Just as we are now able to share the greatest triumphs and achievements, we are exposed virtually instantly to horrors which previously took days to reach our shores.

For some it can make staying happy and positive a challenge.

But resist the temptation we must, for there is still much to find joy in around the world and in our own backyard.

If anything, it all reinforces the need for each and every one of us to make the very best of all opportunities which come our way, to do what we can to make our communities and the planet better places to live in, and to embrace and treasure our near and dear.

Life is too short and unpredictable to not enjoy it to its fullest.

- Graeme Singleton, Editor

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