It’s easy to find a lot of jerks in the human race, but trust me—there are more good people out there than bad. We may never know why someone is cruel and nasty to others; they may have suffered a loss, they may have lost a loved one, they may have gone through a terrible experience; we can’t just judge by appearances.
You may look enviously at a well-dressed person; you may think that this person has everything in the world that they ever wanted; that they have family, friends, a nice house and lots of money. But we can’t know a thing about that person unless we get to know them.
Someone may have hurt your feelings and you have to wonder what is so bad in their lives that they take out their anger on someone who had nothing to do with it. But we can’t know what is in their hearts and mind that they would lash out at you. I used to be outraged when that happened to me; but as I get older I understand more that people who are hurting are apt to hurt others. As a friend of mine once said, “hurt people hurt people.”
But then, there are those people in our lives who make us happy and give us hope. I am grateful to my heart and soul for those wonderful people in my life. We may not always see eye-to-eye, but that doesn’t mean the end of our friendship.
In these awful days of riots and yanking down statues, there are still people who are good and work hard to keep peace. Take the police in any state; of course some will make huge mistakes and do the wrong things, but for the most part they are doing all they can to keep the peace, keep law and order and so many of them have good hearts–pretty hard to keep when everyone seems to be hateful to them.
As bad as things are and may get worse, let’s not give up hope. Let’s not give up on humanity. Let’s try to be the best kind of people we can be. Let us read (or re-read) our history to understand that slavery and all the other awful things done in our country were part of the times. It doesn’t make it right, but it was part of our history at that time.
Please let’s not give up on humanity.