You may have read about Texas Senator Ted Cruz's impersonation of Senator McCarthy, accusing Defense Secretary Nominee Chuck Hagel - without a shred of factual evidence - of collecting speaking fees from North Korea. The story was printed because it was inflammatory enough to grab eyeballs. It's not true and decades ago would never have gotten any ink.
Why do so many non-stories like this get published? Because they distract us from facing the really urgent issues of the day. At the moment, I'm not referring to the economy and climate change, I'm musing about how we see ourselves.
Marianne Williamson famously said, "Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure." How odd. Why would we fear facing this wonderful truth about ourselves?
Well, why do the aged habitually lament their aches and pains? Why do virile men of intelligence devote a substantial percentage of their waking hours to basketball statistics? Why do kids become heroes when they play video games but wimp out in real life? There are a million distractions from facing ourselves because if we do, not in judgment but in appreciation, we then realize what we already possess, the innate value we can bring to bear in the world for good.
And in that moment it's over, just like that. Once you've glimpsed your own magnificence, the age of complaint and blame must end. You have the power; you are the one to contribute towards the change you wish to see "out there" in the world. As the saying goes, "See a need, fill it."
Here's the real news, which of course won't make headlines. But you're reading this, reading about yourself and your potential. And you are the one, as far as your world is concerned, as are we all.
Let's make the moments count, we heroes with seven billion faces, by facing the wonderful truth about ourselves.