Anyway, when people ask me how I don't get engulfed in despair about the human race, I tell them I pay attention to what's going on around me on the street. I see people laughing, people helping old ladies, mom's loving their kids, doormen joking together.
Sure, humanity has it foibles--and I admit that those foibles could cause a lot of suffering for us if we aren't careful--but for the most part, I think we're pretty neat. Remembering that, I keep the despair at bay.
Dave Roberts posted this video over at Grist. I may be putting words in his mouth, but I think it may have been, for him, one day's reason not to get engulfed by despair.