Louis Armstrong What A Wonderful World

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It seems today that whenever you turn on the news you discover a bit more gloom in the world: two people murdered, a string of muggings, rape, kidnapping, terrorism, war crimes, the list appears to grow ever more malicious the longer you watch. The portrait painted by these accounts is one of desolation and desperation, and it boggles the mind to think that the phenomena being depicted on the nightly news took place in the same world that inspired Louis Armstrong to write “What a Wonderful World.” There are times when one might envy the true naivety towards the world that we possess as children; a worldview that extends no further than the small world we see on a daily basis, a world where all is well. During these times it may seem that the old saying ‘ignorance is bliss’ rings true, because once the comforting embrace ignorance can provide is abandoned, there is no return. …show more content…

Here resides reality. We seem overloaded with the negatives in our world, but in spite of this, no; because of this, it is all the more important to appreciate the beauty beheld. It has become easy to view the world cynically and with contempt, but our world is one of complimentary situations: for every sorrowful tear shed, a hearty laugh bubbles over, for every purse stolen, an old woman is helped across the street, for every last breath taken, a mother gazes lovingly at her newborn child, for every heart broken, there is someone falling head over heels. That is the beauty of humanity, we are a dynamic species capable of the most unspeakable atrocities, but also the most breathtaking generosities. When looking out at the thorny fields of reality, one is tempted to dismiss it as hostile and appalling, but with a bit of effort and patience you may find that the thorns bushes sprout beautiful

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