Faith in human beings, and humanity

Nelson Mandela writes in “Long Walk to Freedom” that though “There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested”, “I am fundamentally an optimist.”

Anne Gilchrist writes (“The Letters of Anne Gilchrist and Walt Whitman”) to W. M. Rossetti on 11th July 1869 about ” One of the hardest things to make a child understand”. This is a message for adults as well —  “that down underneath your feet, if you go far enough, you come to blue sky and stars again; that there really is no “down” for the world, but only in every direction an “up.””

In the Foreword to “This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women “, Studs Terkel, the Pulitzer winning writer and broadcaster, writes about Helen Keller who in the “pursuit of truth….saw much more clearly than sighted people, and heard much more clearly than hearing folk.”

And what, “above all” did Helen Keller embody?

“her faith that the human being was better than his/her behavior.”

Peace 😊

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