Why I think there's hope for the human race going into 2018

@TheHorse (73473)
Walnut Creek, California
December 31, 2017 12:54pm CST
Sometimes I think we're doomed. I see angry suburban drivers speeding up so as not to let someone else merge. I hear garbage masquerading as music on the radio. I see the American educational system dummied down to a point where very few Americans know how to count change or write a decent sentence, much less a coherent paper or article. But sometimes I see rays of hope. A fellow middle-aged white guy waved me in as I was trying to merge onto the freeway yesterday. I waved thanks and he nodded. Some friends and I worked on a Robert Johnson/Cream tune called Crossroads the other night and realized we'll be able to make it sound good. The tech at my local Guitar Center helped me figure out which hex wrenches I need to adjust my new bass, and then GAVE me the two wrenches he had on hand. And a former kid client (shown) and her mom invited me to visit them in Colorado when I head to Montana this Summer. Can you think of things that have happened in the last few days that suggest that there IS hope for the human race going into 2018?
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@Daljinder (22196)
• India
31 Dec
Yep! "TripleTalaq" bill was passed in Lok Sabha this week. Now for it to pass through Rajya Sabha. (The Lok Sabha (House of the People) is the Lower house of India's bicameral Parliament, with the Upper house being the Rajya Sabha.) There is hope that one day "Marital rape" will also be taken into consideration and criminalized. At least, I think so.
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@TheHorse (73473)
• Walnut Creek, California
31 Dec
I hadn't realized how far behind India was in terms of women's rights until I joined this site and spoke with Vanny, you, and others.
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@saritflor (4124)
• Israel
31 Dec
@TheHorse That's lovely, animals can teach us always beautiful things and calm.
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@TheHorse (73473)
• Walnut Creek, California
31 Dec
@saritflor I think they invite kindness.
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@FayeHazel (21431)
• United States
1 Jan
"Crossroads" is fun to play. Do you need a bassist? I'm somewhat more pessimistic. Seems like youth are self centered and superifical. Seems like people just don 't talk about deep things anymore. Seems like rudeness abounds. But everyone once in awhile someone comes along that gives me hope. Society should be segregated into "them" and "us"
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@TheHorse (73473)
• Walnut Creek, California
1 Jan
Heh. I AM the bassist for that one. Do you play bass? I wonder if young people have changed, of I have just gradually morphed from "young rebel" to "old fuddy duddy."
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• Eugene, Oregon
1 Jan
Not sure. The US has muddled through some scary times before, but the checks and balances are way out of whack right now and I am not sure that can be righted in time to prevent some kind of disaster. North Korea looms as well.
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@TheHorse (73473)
• Walnut Creek, California
1 Jan
I try to put my head in the sand about things I can't control, but it's difficult right now.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
31 Dec
I do have hope for the New Year because I'm growing in my walk with God and my family is changing the world by helping one person at a time, letting them know of God's love in the process. =) Being able to help others is amazing and I'm so glad God puts certain people in our lives to be able to bless them!
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@TheHorse (73473)
• Walnut Creek, California
31 Dec
I think it's important to be kind to everyone we meet. It can spread, just like grumpiness and bitterness.
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@Kandae11 (40358)
31 Dec
I enter each new year full of hope. And l will enter 2018 with the same feeling of hope. A happy, healthy and prosperous new year to you and yours.
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@TheHorse (73473)
• Walnut Creek, California
31 Dec
Happy New Year to you as well!
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@saritflor (4124)
• Israel
31 Dec
That's important to keep on hope, and actually I see hope everyday thanks to my Vegan friends that try to make this world indeed a better place for all of us. When people won't hurt animals for good, justice will get in greater amounts to human beings. That's my 2 cents on that. Happy New Year
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@TheHorse (73473)
• Walnut Creek, California
31 Dec
When I work with troubled kids, I take them to play with animals. It seems to help them.
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@teamfreak16 (42042)
• Denver, Colorado
9 Jan
Nope. In fact, somebody stole a pitcher of coffee from us this weekend from our campsite. Just reinforces my lack of faith in humanity.
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@TheHorse (73473)
• Walnut Creek, California
10 Jan
A pitcher of coffee? That's pretty low!
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@teamfreak16 (42042)
• Denver, Colorado
10 Jan
@TheHorse - We thought so.
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@TheHorse (73473)
• Walnut Creek, California
10 Jan
@teamfreak16 Well, I've had my guitar amplifier in the back of my Xterra for a few days now, and it's still there. Maybe things are getting better here.
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@LadyDuck (182256)
• Switzerland
1 Jan
Not all people are bad, not all people are ignorant. We know many very nice people here around, who help old woman to load their shopping in the car, stop when pedestrian crosses and wish you Happy New Year even if they do not know you.
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@TheHorse (73473)
• Walnut Creek, California
1 Jan
Such people are in the minority in the Bay Area. But they are out there!
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@LadyDuck (182256)
• Switzerland
1 Jan
@TheHorse There are many more than we think.
@nanette64 (18081)
• Fairfield, Texas
1 Jan
Nope, but then I'm a 'glass half full' girl @TheHorse .
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@TheHorse (73473)
• Walnut Creek, California
1 Jan
I think I'm a realist with a tendency to be a "half full" person as well.
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@nanette64 (18081)
• Fairfield, Texas
1 Jan
@TheHorse Yup, I figure if things turn out good; hey . If not, I was prepared.
@Corbin5 (119373)
• United States
31 Dec
Let's see. Those who care for my dad, who is age 96, did do what we asked RIGHT AWAY to make our dad more comfortable.
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@TheHorse (73473)
• Walnut Creek, California
31 Dec
I just talked to my 94-year-old Auntie. She is one of my best friends. She has family there in NY, so she's happy.
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@Corbin5 (119373)
• United States
31 Dec
@sugartoes (43222)
• Greencastle, Indiana
31 Dec
those arew some very great stories that america can be human towards other people & not show their bad side all the time, I ALWAYS hope & pray that america can come back to being civil human beings towards one another & this just shows there's hope.
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@TheHorse (73473)
• Walnut Creek, California
31 Dec
I'm always working In that direction. It's not hard for me to be polite, even friendly.
@vandana7 (68535)
• India
10 Jan
Yeah. I slept well, so I snored which must have scared some storms somewhere.