Until quite recently, I believed that all humans were some combination of good and bad. None of us are perfect … I sometimes have thoughts that I’m not proud of and in my 71 years on this earth, I’ve done things I now regret. Some people have more good than bad, and vice versa, but I always believed that at the core, people were good. I sit before you today to tell you that I no longer believe that. I have finally been convinced that some people are just evil beings. This realization is not a pleasant one, not one that encourages me to want to remain a part of the human species.
When there is at least a shred of decency in a person, that part of them can be coaxed, nourished, and encouraged until that person finds their conscience and realizes the error of their ways. At least, that’s what I thought. But, where there is not so much as a shred of kindness, of compassion within a person’s psyche, there is no foundation upon which to build. Where the conscience should reside, there is only a dark hole.
Last Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s 82-year-old husband was brutally beaten by a thug seeking to kidnap Ms. Pelosi. Paul Pelosi sustained a skull fracture and serious damage to his arm and hands. Most of us felt a great deal of empathy and asked ourselves … WHY??? How have we come to this point? But, shortly after news of the attack, some people thought it was appropriate to mock, to denigrate, and to make up cruel, nasty stories about Mr. Pelosi and the attack. ANYBODY, in my book, who cannot even have a bit of compassion for the victim of such an attack, has zero conscience, not a grain of humanity. Yes, that means you, Kari Lake, and you, Governor Youngkin, and all those fools on Twitter who are posting memes and such that mock the seriousness of this situation. Those people are irredeemable, for they have no core upon which to build.
Last night, we learned that a former co-worker of my daughter had been arrested for beating her 4-month-old baby daughter to death. My daughter was devastated, remembering the years she and this woman had worked side-by-side as nurses, people whose entire focus in life was to preserve life. A 4-month-old baby! What the hell can a 4-month-old baby do to make its own mother so angry that she would beat it to death??? Cry? Spit up on the sofa? This woman is another example of someone without a conscience, someone who cannot ever be mistaken for a human again!
Until the past week, I retained some hope for humanity to win out over cruelty. My ‘good people’ posts on Wednesdays have always been an attempt to balance out the darkness of the daily news stories by shining a light on those people making a positive difference in people’s lives. Tonight, I must honestly say that I don’t know if I can do a ‘good people’ post this week … or ever again. Make no mistake … yes, I believe there ARE many good people out there, quietly going about the business of trying to make this world a better place for us all, but … they are overshadowed by those who would mock, denigrate, and do violence against others.
The world has many problems, and there are many good, intelligent people trying to resolve those problems such as climate change, poverty and hunger, racism, guns, violence, wealth inequality and more, but there seem to be equally as many foolish, uncaring, conscience-less people trying to keep them from repairing the damage caused by humans for the past few centuries. Can good overcome evil? Until the last few days, I thought it could and likely would. Today, I am not so sure, and that is depressing.