Must Go On

Road, Open, Sky, Armenia, Highway, Travel, Freedom

It seems impossible to go on with everything that’s happening in the world — war, hurricane, virus. Yet go on we must.

Help, if we can. Friends around me are donating baby clothes to organizations helping Afghan refugees (California is home to the largest Afghan population in the US). Some are volunteering their services, some are even writing welcoming letters.

Help comes in multitudes. Even a kind word over the phone can help.

Same for people affected by Ida. People in Haiti. The list goes on.

So, yes, it seems impossible. But we must go on for our present and future potential. We need a much-needed reminder that not everything is lost.

  • Young gorillas have learned to dismantle poachers traps;
  • We can now ‘listen in’ to Universe;
  • Some parts of the world are on track to wiping out one type cancer;
  • Scientists are working on a sieve that turns seawater into drinking water;
  • Researchers are understanding how to repair spinal cord injuries;
  • Science is fighting back against antibiotic resistance;
  • NASA has released all its research to the public for free; Source: Science Alert

One of my favorite new-ish breaking news alerts (of sorts) is:

Humans are inherently good.

Whether humans were born good or bad has been debated by philosophers for centuries.

Thousands of papers have been published on the subject, many coining the phrase “Human nature is inherently bad.”

Yet, more recent writing on the subject concludes that human nature is inherently good.

Survey shows more people than ever have volunteered for causes over the past ten years alone; with an overwhelming number of those surveyed going beyond volunteering and actually taking action (humanitarian, political).

Understanding our fundamental goodness is merely a philosophical exercise, but one that helps move forward and affect change within ourselves and the world.

What is one good thing happening with you or near you?

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7 responses to “Must Go On

  1. This was an uplifting post – thanks!

  2. Your post could not have come at a better time for me. The low-grade anxiety just grinds and grinds on — thank you for the soul balm.

  3. Lovely post Silvia! I have no doubt that people are inherently good – though each of us has our shadow side :) I only hope the good wins out and claims victory. It’s Spring Day here in SA, so happy Spring Day to you! I’m going to be planting a few things … apposite given that it’s Spring Day!

  4. People are born good – and hungry and needy in so many ways. If their wants and needs are reliably taken care of, they start trusting – and keep trusting as long as the adults in their lives are reasonably competent (thank goodness it doesn’t require perfection!).

    My heart aches for those who then lose that support and trust far before they’re ready to take care of themselves and run their own lives. But even then most of them make it, if becoming somewhat wary. MOST of them.

    I had only the minor disappointments of a normal middle-class childhood. Looking back, I can see how much love and good there was, and it is part of the base for expecting good in the future, and contributing to it for others.

    THAT’s why we need to support parents while they are doing the work – because, if nothing else, it is much more cost-effective. At best, it is the future of our species.

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