This World Is Broken Yet Still We See Glimpses Of Good In Humanity
Start writing a post

This World Is Broken Yet Still We See Glimpses Of Good In Humanity

"The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair." ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

This World Is Broken Yet Still We See Glimpses Of Good In Humanity

It seems like every time we read or watch the news, another devastating tragedy has occurred that only further demonstrates man's depravity. Wars, crimes, oppressive governments, shootings, and racism, among numerous other things, ravage the world and prove that we humans are indeed flawed.

It can be easy to despair, for it appears that so many people are simply out to get one another and have no regard for the value of their fellow man. With so much evil in the world, how can any good come of it? Are we forever doomed to wallow in our depravity and vice, or is there still hope for humanity?

Surely, our prospects seem dim and things often seem to only be getting worse; nevertheless, we can still see glimpses of goodness and light in the acts of ordinary people on an everyday basis. Such displays of kindness and love reveal that even though we are flawed, we are not completely lost. In the words of Sam Gamgee, "There's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo - and it's worth fighting for." Indeed, in the midst of so much hate and violence, there really is still some good in this world and in the hearts of humanity.

One example of this goodness is in the remarkable way that people often pull together in the midst of pain, fear, or tragedy. For instance, a couple of years ago in Panama City Beach, Florida, numerous beachgoers formed a "human chain" to rescue nine swimmers who were struggling to stay afloat about 70 yards from the shoreline. This reaction to the swimmers' plight was completely spontaneous. In a matter of minutes, about 40 people (of all ages and races) had formed a chain by linking arms with one another until they were far enough out to save the swimmers in distress.

Remarkably, those who helped the swimmers immediately dropped everything else to band together and rescue people who were complete strangers. They were not so wrapped up in themselves that they disregarded the plight of those around them; neither did they act out of a desire to be noticed and applauded for what they did. Rather, they simply saw that someone else needed help, and they helped them. So simple, yet so powerful.

I love seeing simple acts of kindness like this that reveal people coming together and treating one another with care and love. This is what truly brings us together – everyday acts of goodness, which are done because we are willing to put aside thoughts of ourselves and focus on other people. Deep down, we know how we ought to treat our fellow man - and when we let that knowledge flood into our actions, we create something beautiful. And it is behavior such as this that gives me hope for the world, even when almost everything seems to be going wrong.

So yes, we do live in a tragic, cruel world that is full of people who constantly hurt each other. Yet even as we continue to live in this fallen world (where no human can make everything completely right), we can still recognize and appreciate these glimpses of goodness in humanity - and more than that, we can be those glimpses of light. We can be the change for which we so desperately yearn. We can make the conscious choice every day to go outside ourselves and turn our attention towards helping others. And above all, we can inspire hope in the hearts of others by showing, through our own words and actions, that there is still some good in humanity - and in the world.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

A Letter To My Heartbroken Self

It will be okay, eventually.

A Letter To My Heartbroken Self

Breakups are hard. There's nothing comparable to the pain of losing someone you thought would be in your life forever. Someone who said all the right things at the right times. Someone who would give you the reassurance you needed, whenever you needed it. And then one day, it just... stops. Something changes. Something makes you feel like you're suddenly not good enough for him, or anyone for that matter.

Keep Reading... Show less

2026: the year the Fifa World Cup Returns to North America

For the first time since 1994 the United States will host a world cup (for men's soccer)

2026: the year the Fifa World Cup Returns to North America
Skylar Meyers

The FIFA World Cup is coming to North American in 2026!

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

An Open Letter to Winter

Before we know it April will arrive.


Dear Winter,

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

6 Questions To Ask Yourself When Cleaning Up Your Room

This holiday break is the perfect time to get away from the materialistic frenzy of the world and turn your room into a decluttered sanctuary.


Cleaning isn’t just for spring. In fact, I find school’s holiday break to be a very effective time for decluttering. You’re already being bombarded by the materialistically-infatuated frenzy of society’s version of Christmas, Hanukah, etc. It’s nice to get out of the claustrophobic avarice of the world and come home to a clean, fresh, and tidy room. While stacking up old books, CDs, and shoes may seem like no big deal, it can become a dangerous habit. The longer you hang onto something, whether it be for sentimental value or simply routine, it becomes much harder to let go of. Starting the process of decluttering can be the hardest part. To make it a little easier, get out three boxes and label them Donate, Storage, and Trash. I'm in the middle of the process right now, and while it is quite time consuming, it is also so relieving and calming to see how much you don't have to deal with anymore. Use these six questions below to help decide where an item gets sorted or if it obtains the value to stay out in your precious sanctuary from the world.

Keep Reading... Show less

Why I Don't Write (Or Read) An "Open Letter To My Future Husband/Wife"

Because inflated expectations and having marriage as your only goal are overrated.

Urban Intellectuals

Although I have since changed my major I remember the feverish hysteria of applying to nursing school--refreshing your email repeatedly, asking friends, and frantically calculating your GPA at ungodly hours of the night. When my acceptance came in I announced the news to friends and family with all the candor of your average collegiate. I was met with well wishes, congratulations, and interrogations on the program's rank, size, etc. Then, unexpectedly, I was met with something else.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments