Ever lost faith in humanity?
When was the last time you lost faith in humanity? Most adults have lived enough life to have at least one experience that makes one think that humans are garbage. Of course this thought is based on the emotion of the moment, but it's still a very real feeling. When was the last time you had this thought?
I see acts of kindness everyday. I've never lost faith in humanity.
Watching the "nightly blues" can make one ignore the fact that out of the (7 Billion plus) people who inhabit this earth only a small percentage of people are actually engaged in negative activities.
If one isn't careful they could end up ignoring the fact that nothing bad is happening on their street, in their neighborhood, or town.
Nevertheless perception is reality!
Whatever one chooses to focus their attention on the more of it they will see. A handful of bad news stories each night causes them to ignore everything else. Historically there have always been shocking things going on dating back to the start of mankind.
And yet many choose to ignore volunteers, emergency workers, and countless others who risk their lives or sacrifice for strangers daily.
Every hour of the day someone is donating blood, organs, money, clothes, or time to help fellow human beings (they don't know).
Watch any world disaster unfold and you'll see nations from all around the globe pitching in to provide food, medicine, water, and financial aid.
Twenty-six countries were involved in the massive international search for the Malaysia Airlines jetliner flight 370 in the Southern Indian Ocean.
The song "We Are the World" raised over $63 million for humanitarian aid in Africa and the US. And there have numerous other charity events and concerts to help farmers, poor & underprivileged, sick and elderly people.
Annually there are coat drives, food drives, building homes for habitat for humanity, Doctors Without Borders helping people in third world countries. The list goes on and on!
According to a report from Giving USA; Americans Gave ($335.17 Billion) to Charity in 2013. It approached the peak seen before the worst of the Great Recession.
As you stated people who lose faith in mankind do so in the "moment". Whenever we choose to (narrow) our scope of the world it's easy to feel hopeless. We see what we want to see.
I think it's great that you have the presence of mind to not allow yourself to wallow in the negative things in the world. It helps nothing at all to dwell on the bad and not smile at all the good.
Most of that We Are The World money got squandered or looted. It never reached the intended recipients.
When I learned that jumping spiders and flying roaches existed. Not that thats humanity's fault, just that it sent me into a spiraling depression...
When it became somewhat socially acceptable for guys to wear their pants on their knees, even though in prison that means your tunnel is open for traffic.
When the word "bae" started becoming a thing to call people.
Clearly none of these are actual reasons to legitimately lose faith in humanity.
A somewhat legitimate reason would be that there are politicians that apparently think droughts in places like California are caused by abortions. Its truly saddening to think that such idiots are not only in great supply but a good chunk seem to actually run the country I live in...even with my limited knowledge of daily affairs that explains quite a lot..
Ever had a flying roach bumping into the walls in your dorm room? I have. Not fun. As for our government, it's totally jacked up and always has been. I don't know why people keep expecting it to get better by itself. I'm more angry at non-voters
I grew up in Oakland CA, which is very debased; people there are indifferent at best and deliberate troublemakers at worst. I got out soon as I turned 18; to this day, I'm still working on getting Oakland out of me (I tend to be suspicious and high-strung). However, I have since discovered the whole world is not Oakland; people can be very heroic as well as debased. I agree with Anne Frank that most people are actually good at heart. You can find such people even in Oakland!
I knew from an early age that humanity was messed up. The first time I met a decent and sane person was a revelation to me.
I have faith that good people exist and can be found. I was born into circumstances where they weren't close at hand, and I had to go out and find them.
Humanity as a whole? There is no humanity as a whole. People are all different. I take them as they come.
I have this feeling almost daily, but then lose it to an overwhelming faith in God. As dashingscorpio said, there are acts of kindness all the time.
We are witnessing in our world an increased polarization. There are psychopaths in power who are using our desires and selfishness against us, for they are consummately selfish. This will create far more suffering for most of us, but it will not be the end of humanity. There is a lesson to be learned.
That lesson is that we need to stop being self-concerned and to start loving others as if they are ourselves. Only by doing this can we reduce the coming suffering. Only by this can we heal the world.
This is tough. All of us have selfishness hardwired into us. But those who learn to rise above self-concern will find a bliss that transcends every physical kind of pleasure. This is the stuff of miracles and creation.
I have faith that many will follow self-concern and fall into the darkness of war, famine, disease and wholesale pogroms. I also have faith that some will rise above this and find saintly generosity in the face of horrors.
Corporations are the Beast. Their foundation is made of self-concern. They trample innocent lives in order to feed. They smear honest scientists so they can protect their poisonous products. Yet these monsters will die and with them their corruption. The Rockefellers and Rothschilds will see their fortunes evaporate and their plan for Neo-Feudalism vanish with the coming of Christ.
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