Yesterday I chatted with a friend of mine about all of the stuff and nonsense that’s going on around us — political and otherwise. She and I haven’t chatted in a while and I was glad to talk to her again. We have different worldviews about many things, but we’re of the type to agree to disagree and that’s why we remain friends. We also agree on many things, so that helps. ^_^
Anyway, this isn’t the first time that I’ve watched the people around me clutch their pearls and bemoan the end of times. I have friends on both ends of the spectrum when it comes to many things. I’m young enough to remember nuclear “drills” in school — right along with fire drills and earthquake drills. Like hiding under the desk was going to save us. But that’s what we did. They also told us to hide in ditches if we were outside should we see a mushroom cloud (the wave would wash over the ditch, right?… yeah). Of course, this was when I was way young, but I remember it clearly. And during my childhood, we were very aware of the fact that there was a war going on “over there” – Vietnam. Again, that was when I was young. Still, kids are aware of a lot more than adults give them credit for. There were protests everywhere. My dad was in the Navy, and my mom hated the war. It led to a lot of discord between them, and I’m guessing their inevitable divorce.
This was also the time just after the “baby boom” — my mother is a product of the baby boom, and we came on the tail end (or just after). So the baby boomers were having babies and there were all kinds of doomsayers proclaiming the end of days because we were “overpopulating” the world and would soon run out of resources. My mother herself chastised me for having four children — while she herself had five… hypocritical much? — for that very reason. And we are now in in a state of negative growth in the United States.
But forty years ago, if you listened to anyone talking, you’da thought we’d all be paying through the nose for food because there wouldn’t be any food. We’d have eaten ourselves out of house and home by now. And killed all of the animals off — because we humans are stupid like that. I guess. Except we’re not.
Because for all of the pearl clutching and dire predictions, I know that we as a species are pretty adaptable. We — humankind — are fairly smart and we are pretty good at surviving. I look around me and I see good people. I’m pretty sure that most of the people who are reading this blog are good people, and I’ll bet if you, dear reader, look around, then you will see that you, yourself are surrounded by people you consider friends. And those friends are probably nice — otherwise they wouldn’t be friends, right? And so the circle spreads. Of course I know that there are some pretty awful people in the world, some might even be within our circles. I mean, that’s obvious. One cannot have good without bad. But for the most part, the world is filled with ordinary and generally good people.
Most people, like me — and I’m guessing like you, dear reader — just want to go about their daily lives with as little fuss as possible.
The world will go on, dear reader. It always does. Whether it moves along the way we want it to, that remains to be seen. There will always be good in the world — always. I have no doubt of that. Just as I know that our little green planet will always be filled with humans who are neither extremely good nor wholly evil. They are simply… people. And it’s because of that that I’ve never lost my faith in humanity. I think we’ll survive a little longer, because we are, as a whole, a pretty smart species.