Sunday, May 24, 2009

All the News That's Fit to Print...

"In this Day the secrets of the earth are laid bare before the eyes of men. The pages of swiftly-appearing newspapers are indeed the mirror of the world. They reflect the deeds and the pursuits of divers peoples and kindreds. They both reflect them and make them known. They are a mirror endowed with hearing, sight and speech. This is an amazing and potent phenomenon. However, it behoveth the writers thereof to be purged from the promptings of evil passions and desires and to be attired with the raiment of justice and equity. They should enquire into situations as much as possible and ascertain the facts, then set them down in writing."

This quotation, excerpted from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, Prophet Founder of the Bahá'í Faith, about the responsibilities of reporters (and other writers - hello, blog world!), is one I think anyone who has ever written in any sort of public setting would do well to consider.

There are really two ways to look at news reporting: you are either documenting the decline of the Old World, or you are documenting the birth of a New World Order - an age destined by God to bring such marvels as universal peace and accord.

You choose - I have.


montague said...

thank you for sharing... you really realigned my understanding of the work i do!

j'taimee said...

Yeah - this quote really (really) struck me. Keep up the good work, Amy!

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