Sunday, April 22, 2007

The Real World?

In the past my college friends and I have discussed (usually over glasses of sudsy liquids) the question, "Are people basically good or basically bad?"

I truly believe that people, deep down, are good. I see the glass as half full.

Saturday, following seven days of vacation mostly off U.S. soil and far removed from the real world, I was finally able to pick up four of the bigger U.S. daily newspapers and read some detailed news coverage of the Virginia tragedy, the personal stories of the victims, some of whom acted selflessly, and heroically, and bravely.

The real world is not like some Irwin Allen disaster movie, with people trampling over each other to save themselves. People in real life are so much better than this.

As a reader put it in a comment last summer: "People ARE good. To the core, and our goodness is our very humanity. It's not a glass half-full, but a very full glass. Granted, the water can be cloudy with some floaters in it, and some should be under a boil order. But those who drink it in will find it truly refreshing."

Virginia: An act of unimaginable wickedness fostering multiple acts of goodness? I'm not surprised.

May their souls rest in peace.

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