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  • I've had similar reactions about humans being horrible. After looking at conflicts, and how horribly so many people deal with them, and thinking about how friends can turn on eachother. Modern Sudanese slavery, as well as the situation in Darfur, made me feel even more down. And then I read this article [courier-journal.com] (WARNING: disturbing descriptions that may be NSFW), felt sick to my stomach, and wondered how humanity had any hope.

    But.

    I've had two experiences with car crashes. One in which no one was hurt, one in which, thankfully, I was the only one hurt, and not very badly.

    In one of them, a man, after seeing the disabled vehicle I was in, stopped his car on the side of a major road, at night, in a not-well lit part, and risked being hit by traffic to see if everyone was OK.

    In the other, several people again ran to the car I was in to make sure I was OK, offer to call for help, and provide assistance.

    Both times, emergency services, when I called them, told me that several people had already called about the accident and that help had already been dispatched. This was within a minute or so of the accidents.

    How could I possibly not have faith in humanity when so many people had shown me, someone they did not know and were never likely to meet again, compassion?

    Since I had recieved some of the benefits of compassion, how could I do anything but show that same compassion to others?

    Humans, as a group, are extraordinarily complex. It is ultimately useless to classify them as purely evil or purely good. Each individual is capable of horrible things and great things. Such is the human condition.