I believe that most people are good. Not necessarily ‘good’ in the sense of high quality. 50% of all people are below average intelligence. Almost none of us will never win an Olympic medal. And the vast majority of people will never do anything world changing in their lifetimes – no great novel, no invention or discovery. That’s the nature of the game. Most of us are average. That’s what average means.
I mean ‘good’ in the sense of not evil; decent, rational, reasonable compassionate folks. They don’t go out of their way to throw rocks at your windows, they’ll stop and call for an ambulance if they see an accident, they will bend down to pet the occasional dog.
I also believe that there is general consensus around the world about what ‘good’ is. Sure, the Arab world has a long way to go in its attitude toward women, Koreans eat dog, and Americans have private prisons and the death penalty but, everywhere you go, parents love their children, children love to play, and most people will not throw rocks at your window without a good reason.
This makes me optimistic. If we can get around all the different crap our governments put out, there is hope that the human race could come together – and do wonderful things.