Whenever You Read About Or Watch Any News Tragedy, Remember This From Mr. Rogers

Tell this to your kids. And to yourself.

In this video clip from a 1999 interview conducted for the Archive of American Television, Fred Rogers — the creator of the popular, long-running children's show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood — talks about one way to deal with the deluge of bad news, demoralizing stories and media-inflated disasters that we are immersed in, thanks to the Internet.

The clip was excerpted by YouTuber Alex Forsyth from this video.


"You know, my mother used to say, a long time ago whenever there would be any real catastrophe that was on the — in the movies or on the air, she would say ..."

"'Always look for the helpers ...'"

"'There were — there will always be helpers.'"

"I think if news programs could make a conscious effort of showing rescue teams, of showing medical people, anybody who is coming into a place where there’s a tragedy, to be sure that they include that — because if you look for the helpers, you’ll know that there’s hope."


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