London Calling

Today, on July 27, 2012, begins the 2012 Summer Olympic Games—the Games of the XXX Olympiad, if you want to be technical. For the next few weeks, regardless of our political, religious or racial differences, the world will unite in the spirit of competition and goodwill. In addition to the Olympics, here are several more inspiring stories for this week’s installment of good news.

The Start of the London 2012 Olympics. With nationalism and pride on the line, millions of people worldwide will tune into the next 17 days’ coverage of athletic competition. While you could say there’s contradiction between the solemnity of the Olympics and levity of sports, that makes it perfectly okay to fanatically cheer on your own country in the spirit of good sportsmanship. Here’s to the good that we’re reminded of in this world, by none other than our persevering athletes. You inspire us to think that the world that is, is not the world that should be.

The Passing of the First Female in Space. The recent death of astronaut Sally Ride prompted the world to pause and celebrate her remarkable life. Ride was the first American female astronaut in a then male-dominated industry, and remains the youngest person in space, having gone on her first shuttle launch at 32. But she didn’t stop there. After retiring from NASA, she founded and became President and CEO of Sally Ride Science, a company that creates educational materials focused on diversity in the sciences. Sally Ride Science has inspired hundreds of young men and women to pursue careers in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields, continuing her legacy for years to come.

Christian Bale visits Shooting Victims in Hospital. If there is one small silver lining to the tragic shooting that took place during a midnight showing of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’  in Aurora, Colorado last week, then this is it. In a rare, humble showing of Hollywood heart, actor Christian Bale, who played the title lead of the Batman trilogy, stopped by an Aurora hospital to visit with the victims and hospital staff. A representative of Warner Bros. said that Bale was there on his own, not representing the studios, and did not want to alert the media to his visit. According to reports, Christian Bale spent about 10 minutes with each patient. We are touched that life can, in some instances, imitate art.

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