The speck of negativity pokes me in the eye

Yesterday was April Fool's Day. Not my favorite day. I think I have a sense of humor, but the internet has made everyone an April Fool's jokester from afar. Good jokes need to be painfully true and usually intimate. Enough of that negativity, let's talk about a different kind of negativity.

We could submit a document of 100 questions and get 99 of those boxes checked, but we'd only focus on the one unchecked box when we get the document back.

I can post a YouTube video and get 100 comments, but feel the need to reply to the one negative comment of the bunch.


Why do we focus on the negative when the positive is usually so overwhelming?

I don't think, for me at least, it's a matter of finding the weak spot and wanting to obsess over it and correct it. When I see the negative comment, there is some primal urge within me, some kind of anger that conjures from the depth of my bowels, something personal that makes me weigh that ONE negative comment more than 99 beautifully loving comments.

Today I don't have any answers to this, but it is something I see myself (and many others) doing and I think about it sometimes.