I am optimistic about the future of the human race. Now, many of my friends have asked me time and again how I can have such hope for the future in the face of the problems we have today. Hunger, pollution, sickness, inflation, recession, unemployment, wars, and terrorism fill so many hearts with fear.
This world seems to be overflowing with greed, hypocrisy, anger, hatred, prejudice, and intolerance. A better life for ourselves and our children seems for many to be some impossible dream. How then can I be so optimistic?
My optimism comes from looking into the hearts and souls of all the people I see every day. I see a little boy, holding open a heavy door for an elderly man walking with a cane. I see a young mother, with a baby in her arms, buy an extra box of macaroni in the store and put it in the food drive box to help feed the hungry. I see three different people pull off the road to help a motorist, whose car broke down.
Then there’s a lady going door to door, who shares with her neighbors the extra vegetables she grew in her garden. I see teenagers giving up their spring and summer vacations to spend time helping to repair the homes of the poor and elderly. I see a man, taking off his one winter coat and giving it to a woman, who has none.
I see people give their time, talents, and energies to make the life of someone else a little better and a little brighter. Everywhere I look there are people with smiling faces and kind hearts, people helping people, people caring for our world, and people loving their neighbors as themselves. Everywhere I look I see people living as God meant for us to live.
That is why I remain so optimistic about us all. Sometimes we fail, are selfish, and create more problems than we solve. Still, in our hearts, we are good. In our souls, we are God’s children. In our lives, we are loving beings capable of saving this world for us and our children.
By Joseph J. Mazzella