Do you know what ‘infamous’ means? It’s about being famous from doing bad things. For example, Ned Kelly is ‘infamous’ not ‘famous’.

Why is it that we remember the people who do bad things and fail to recognise those who do good things? Tell me, who remembers the name of:
• The shooter at port Arthur in 1996;
• The name of the man who carried out the Strathfield massacre;
• The name of the little girl that was kidnapped at Mount Druitt and killed;
• The name of the family whose child was killed by a dingo;
• The name of the head of Al Qaida at the time of the world trade centre terrorist attacks.

You remember most of these names. You will even probably remember names around the matter intimately. Can any of you however remember the name of:?
• The ambulance man who climbed through the hole to look after Stewart Darvis during the avalanche in the snowy mountains;
• The name of the fireman who sat amongst the rubble talking to the woman when the Newcastle workers club collapsed during the 1989 earthquake;
• The name of the helicopter pilot who was involved with the rescue of people from the ocean during the Sydney to Hobart race;
• The name of the last Victoria cross winner in Afghanistan; and
• The name of the leader of the Australians who went over the Kokoda Trial.

Yes, some of you remember one of these names. Many of these names will not even come up under Google. These guys have done wonderful things in their lives. They should be famous, but why are they not.

So the conundrum is, why does one bad act make you recognised but one good act can completely go unnoticed?

This article was written by Bailey Compton, Principal Solicitor & Director at Leverage Group.

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