This day is a testament to the kindness of people.
It’s in the little things
– a foreign affairs employee being willing to wait for you because you forgot something, or a colleague you barely know ready to lend a hand (or, literally, money because you weren’t prepared). Sorry, I had to fix some papers today, and I was in a rush, hence the encounters with human kindness.
This is why I have such a belief in the goodness in the world.
Yeah, I’m cynical as hell about love, pride, corruption and societal ills, but I’m always optimistic about individuals.
There’s always something beautiful and interesting in persons when you consider them on their own. In fact, I think it’s when we’re in groups that our goodness sometimes gets ruined.
People will reprimand me sometimes – saying I believe too much in the good in people, that I’m too kind or democratic, that this makes me easy prey.
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with giving people the benefit of the doubt.
Yeah, I have my pet peeves; and there are many people that piss me off, that I actually don’t prefer to work with, or that I don’t really want to be friends with. But that doesn’t mean I can’t try to understand where they’re coming from. Doesn’t mean I can’t use my own means of making them more human, more relatable in my eyes.
I may be an over-analytical elitist, but I also give it to people that we don’t consciously want to do bad things to or hurt others.
Yeah, that isn’t an excuse and, no, I’m not making excuses for crime and evil. I just really think that if we gave each other more of a chance in this world, there’d just be more understanding, and hopefully, peace.
Of course, you could make the argument that tolerant peace isn’t worth much. And it may be ruined by any step you take in the direction of “educating” or “improving lives”, because it will be somehow tainted by or seen as having some form of cultural hegemony.
But that’s why I wish we could work towards a wiser peace, one that’s multi-culturally enlightened.
I also hope that we’re actually getting there soon. And, in the next post, I’ll talk about the ideas or “movements”, organizations and companies that, even if they still have to make money, at least do some form of authentic helping and understanding in this world.