We, the optimist, like to believe that there is inherent goodness in people. There probably is, otherwise in this world with so many people, there would definitely be a lot more trouble. Problem is when I wake up in the morning to news of cars being burned on the street, to a man being hacked to death on live tv, to 20 innocent children killed in a school shooting, it gets that much harder to hold on to that faith of ‘inherent goodness’.
A friend commented a couple of days ago that there is more good to people than we give them credit for. Yes, maybe there is, but there is also a lot of ugliness, viciousness and pure evil actions. I had stopped reading the newspaper a few years back, I stopped subscribing when I realized that the daily dose of death, murder, rapes did nothing to my peace of mind. I was becoming fearful and paranoid of bringing up my son in a society where life has no value, people have no integrity and the politicians are more interested in holding on to power than in securing the future of their citizens. It’s hard to hold on to that faith on ‘inherent goodness’ when the physical safety of yourself and those you love is in constant danger. When the biggest hope is simply that your loved ones will return home safe after the end of a long day.
In this holiday season, when love, charity and cheer is supposed to be the word of the day, I am struggling with keeping faith in my fellow human beings. I am struggling to hold on to the love I had for my country, the faith that no matter what, my country will rise from the issues that plague it. Right now the joy of a hard-earned Independence is overshadowed by the destruction on the streets, the senseless deaths , the shooting, the bombing. Right now, I am reminding myself that no matter how adverse the circumstances are, there was, there is, there needs to be, Hope. Hope to survive, to conquer adversity, for a better future, however that future maybe. Perhaps if we all do just one-act of good each day, we will restore someone else’s faith, someone else’s day, save someone else’s life and somewhere along the way, we will also save ourselves.