Why No Good News?
Sometimes, listening to or reading the news, I find it full of murders, accidents, general law-breaking and bad weather. Even on Radio Wales, the news is peppered with such things.
Yet, as I travel about our land, I find there is so much goodness in the world. Our communities – even in our big cities – are close-knit and people help their neighbours when such help is needed.
So why, I ask, do the news-mongers dwell on tragedies and evil happenings?
Let us rejoice that this land of ours is mostly and usually a great and peaceful place to live.
Still In Mourning
It’s been over a week, yet in pubs and on the streets, there’s still dismal talk about Wales failing to conquer England in a Rugby match.
But there’s hardly been a mention that our Women’s Rugby Team beat the English soundly a couple of days after the Men’s match.
Why should that be?
Well, perhaps it is the “Welsh temperament”: cold and mysterious is the way Mother England and other countries see our people.
And that’s far from the truth. The People of Wales are as cheery and friendly as anywhere in the world.
A Bit Late
Today, I’m told, is St. Valentine’s Day. That saint seems to have been promoted by our eastern neighbour, and the custom of celebrating that Day has spread all across the globe.
It has become a “buy, buy, buy” celebration, just like Christmas and Easter. It should be a simple “I love you” celebration.
And just who was Valentine?
In Wales, we beat Valentine by nearly three weeks with St. Dwynwen’s Day – which is still an “I love you” time. And Dwynwen is our own, home-grown saint!
Let us continue to celebrate our own, traditional festivals and culture. And teach our history to our children.