I was watching a Stephen King movie and realized he nearly always has that one character who takes a bad situation and makes it worse. Then, gets others to follow. This launched my thought process into an evaluation of human nature.
We tend to get a hefty dose of negative stories. Media outlets will say it’s because negativity sells. I’m not entirely convinced of this. Case in point, CBS news reported about a young man who had to walk miles to work each day. On a 95-degree day a passerby offered him a ride to work. One thing led to another and the young man was given a car by a local dealership, covering all of the car’s expenses for at least a year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuhWhSObbOs. Fabulous story. Heartwarming and inspiring. The evidence overwhelming points to the fact that people are basically good. If that were not the case, if people were basically bad, then there wouldn’t be news stories about bad people because it would be ordinary.
I really do wish this insane divisiveness that is currently plaguing our country would just go away. Instead, it’s kindled by horrific stories, many of which were unimaginable until now. Throughout history there have been great leaders who were able to rise above times like these and define what unites us. I believe we’re ready for such a person now. Hopefully it will be sooner rather than later.
Thoughts that are alien to any of my other projects can be found here.