Bad money drives out good money is called the Gresham's law. Gresham T. (1519~1569) was not the first to acknowledge this truth: if a shilling is made of pure silver and other coins are made from silver and cooper the pure silver will disappear and the cooper-silver will remain.
This is generally applied to the economic
sector but a columnist in the Catholic Peace Weekly reminds us that this
is true also in everyday life. Examples: bad rumors spread much faster
than the good ones, wrong words, bad deeds, gossip, slander are more prevalent. A
good story impresses but the influence and impact of a bad story is
A common example is
fake news and malicious comments that are plentiful on the Internet. The
influence of fake news spreading in real time goes way beyond what we
can imagine. Recently the '#Me Too' movement spread widely in
society— victims who confessed suffered harm from their words.
According to a survey 72 percent who spoke out about abuse had to quit
their jobs due to bullying.
Fake news is not something
that happened yesterday but is a fact of life. Jesus, though the times
and situations are different also suffered fake news that caused his
death. Jesus testified to the truth, proclaimed justice, taught mercy
and love and showed this in his life but the fake news caused his death.
and replies will not disappear but we know the evil that has resulted
from the bullying and lack of wisdom in the use of comments in SNS. A
movement to bring positive comments to cyberspace has been in
existence for 12 years, they have an aim of 10 million positive
comments and a million students involved.
When we have
some extraordinary event in society the number of evil comments far
exceed the good comments and are faster to appear.
In the 'Church and Internet' a document that came out in 2002 the Church presents some virtues to practice: Prudence is necessary in order clearly to see the implications—the potential
for good and evil—in this new medium and to respond to its
challenges and opportunities. Justice is needed, especially justice in working to close the digital
divide—the gap between the information-rich and the information-poor in
today's world. This requires a commitment to the international
common good. Fortitude is necessary standing up for truth in the face of religious
and moral relativism, for altruism and generosity in the face of
individualist consumerism and decency in the face of sensuality. Temperance is needed and self discipline to use this remarkable technology and use it only for good.
overcome the evil effects of fake news and disparaging comments we need
the above virtues in our lives. We need to participate in movements
to renew the media that has become infested with so much negativity—not
necessary, and hurtful to many.