People Are Generally Good

It’s easy to forget that. As some know, eBay made “Peple Are Generally Good” as a mantra for the company; it’s the trust that holds the Company’s services together.

Now we live in a world rife with corruption. Be it congresspeople or CEOs, wrongdoers are all over the headlines. Services like Rapleaf have to pop up to try to curb the ethical fallacies of the commerce world.

But we can’t let the wrongdoers dominate the news too much. After all, most people are generally good. I realized this on the train the other day, reflecting on the generosity of my first hosts in Ireland — Frank and Mary Lynch. Frank reached out to me as a total stranger (as a blog reader) and offered his home and local expertise to me. It was an act of enormous kindness and there are others on this trip who will do the same.

It doesn’t stop there. The general good will in people in the world to help travelers or guests has surprised me. In a very good way. When I first started planning my trip some people said, “Ben, the world won’t be very kind to a young American traveling around. Many people don’t like Americans given the current political environment.” Nothing could be farther from the truth. People are accepting me and others with open arms, offering assistance, helping locate things on a map, and helping explain the fare rules on a metro service.

People are generally good. Thinking about this renews my love for and belief in life and people. I believe in the goodness of this moment and in the potential of tomorrow. I believe people are out to help you, not to get you.

And this has made all the difference.

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