We live in a society that is quick to accentuate the negative aspects of life.
Without a doubt, there are plenty of cases of domestic abuse, violence, murder and war. There are starving children, homeless teens and jobless adults. There are some radical gros who crash planes into skyscrapers and others who commit horrific genocides.
Media gros do their best to inform the public of these current events. They know that solutions can only be reached when wrongdoings are revealed to the eyes of the general population.
However, I am sometimes concerned that as the media notifies the public of fraud, corrtion and violence, many citizens are convinced that the world is filled with hardened and dangerous people.
Sometimes the goodness in humanity is overshadowed by the perpetually impending doom that news agencies portray.
These views are further amplified by widespread prejudices among the public. Often such biases are based on popular rumors more than concrete facts.
This became apparent to me in a conversation I once had with a well-educated attorney from New England. During our cordial discussion, he vehemently declared that he respected all people of faith, except Muslims.
“Islam is a religion of hatred!” he declared. “Any religion that would crash a plane into a tower is evil.”
In my mind, I immediately thought of my Muslim friends and acquaintances. They are some of the kindest and most generous people I know. I admire their devotion to God and their families.
Although the man I was talking to was well-educated, he had thoughtlessly dismissed a beautiful people and culture as evil because he believed popular prejudice. In his blatant ignorance, he assumed that anyone who worshiped Allah was filled with murderous instinct.
His assumption not only left me incredulous, but sick to my stomach. I wondered how many people had similar views simply because they were crippled by ignorance.
People, in general, are good.
Ronny Edry, an Israeli graphic designer, has used social media to try to prevent an impending war.
Despite rising political tension between Israel and Iran, he has started a peaceful conversation between citizens of both countries.
Edry has begun a Facebook campaign with posters that read, “Iranians we will never bomb your country. We [heart] you.” Many have joined his cause, both in Israel and Iran.
The world is filled with individuals who strive to bring peace and love into their families, communities and countries.
Chris Williams, a Latter-day Saint bishop, lost a wife and three children in a tragic car wreck in 2007.
The teenage driver who hit Williams’ vehicle had been driving under the influence of alcohol.
In an act of extreme charity, Williams forgave the young man.
Countless people have similar stories — both told and untold.
Popular culture may indicate that violence and corrtion reign sreme in almost every home and neighborhood.
However, I firmly believe that the world is filled with honest, good and compassionate individuals.