On a personal scale, I interact with some wonderful, selfless people (co-op members, charity volunteers, civil servants, medical professionals) that makes me realise all is not lost. Maybe just seek out mpre positivity (and fellow hippies) to surround yourself with?
Help me find a book on "Humanity"
Maybe just seek out mpre positivity (and fellow hippies) to surround yourself with?
Best way to do this is to start with yourself - go around being really nice to people and in time, you find the nasty people drift away* and the nice people stay with you
* you do still have to beat some of them off with a stick though - you can be resented for having the strength to be nice...
An interesting experiment can be when you're cycling - if someone's driving towards you through parked cars where one or the other has to give way - give a pre-emptive big smile and a wave - more often than not leads to a wave back, and they let you through. Or when someone hangs back or gives you lots of space to pass - give them a thank you wave - and plenty of times you get a wave back... hey presto, your world's a little better. Doesn't happen all the time, obviously, but every little helps
In Stoner's absence, I'll recommend Walden.
Rather thinking Wall-E.
On a simple level - go read Brant's thread asking about Ton.
Maybe I've missed the point of your post and I know it's not a book about humanity but to me it is a simple example of why I don't think everything is rubbish and I don't think people are intrinsically selfish.
PS it doesn't mean I think everything is fine in the world either!
Part of finding the answer is knowing the right questions to ask. This thread is helping massively on that point.
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