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AgentW_C wrote

Just see it as humans have been trapped and imprisoned in an unnatural system that punishes our good traits and rewards our bad ones, that leaves them so warped and twisted and stressed from trying to fit into a One-Size-Fits-All system that doesn't fit anyone, that they've become something unnatural.

Because for all the talk about "But human nature!" the vast majority of studies done show that we are generally wired to take care of each other. In the wake of a disaster, usually we manage to organize ourselves and we do what we can to take care of each other. Chances are, if some apocalyptic disaster were to come to pass, we'd still do the same. We may blunder and flail around at first, because all this is scary and new, but eventually, we'll settle down, organize, and rebuild.There's a natural good core that has been bent and buried under so much BS, yet at the same time, it cannot be destroyed entirely.

As for those so warped and twisted that the natural good core has corroded and disappeared entirely, remember that they are a minority. If we do our part to stand against them and sabotage them however we can. We can sabotage them in big ways, but often in small ones as well, first by refusing to accept their simplistic, reductionist view of humanity and the world.

In times like these, hope becomes a radical act, not the Pollyanna kind of hope, but the real, active kind. The Powers That Be want you to throw up your hands and give up, want you to agree that this is how it has to be and there can't be anything different. Hope is a radical act, saying that we are better than this, we can do better than this, and we will do better than this.