I see things every single day that “prove” my faith in humanity is well-founded: while working at a community college, for example, I have seen so many valuable items turned in, ranging from phones to wallets to a wad of bills totalling $80. I’ve seen people make complete strangers’ days with compliments or helpful suggestions. For every terrible, horrendous event that an individual or a few put into action, there are a million little wonderful gestures. These are just from my workplace. I don’t need a single story I saw on the internet to “restore” it. I work every day to put happiness and kindness and goodness out there, and I’ve seen it come back to me tenfold. I know many other people do too.
I understand if a person is cynical. That’s definitely a way of looking at the world, and it’s valid. What surprises me though is how I am labelled strange for actively looking for (and finding plenty of) great people and great things people have done. I am not sorry that I do this.