A woman was trying dresses on at a mall boutique. She found a few dresses she liked, but decided to look elsewhere first before making a purchase. Continuing on to the next store, she realized she didn’t have her purse. Panicking, she went back in the store she was just in and checked the dressing rooms. Not finding her purse, she asked a salesperson if anyone had found a purse and checked the rest of the store. With still no luck, she walked out of the store wondering what where her purse was. Who had it? Would they steal her identity and all her money before she had a chance to do anything? What would she do now?
Now, imagine this:
A woman was trying dresses on at a mall boutique. She found a few dresses she liked, but decided to look elsewhere first before making a purchase. Continuing on to the next store, she realized she didn’t have her purse. Panicking, she went back in the store she was just in and checked the dressing rooms. Just then, a woman came up to her, holding her purse. “Excuse me, mam, I have your purse. I was trying stuff on when I noticed a purse on the floor. I’m glad I was able to catch you!”. The woman introduced herself and thanked the kind lady for returning her purse. They then continued shopping together and eventually became best friends.
Which situation is more likely? We’d like to think the latter, but, in modern society, we’d likely assume the first scenario is more likely. It is a fact that there are a lot of people out there who would make a decision that is in their best interest without regard to other people. In fact, one can argue that human nature and the self-preservation instinct make one more likely to automatically act out of self-interest. However, the individual person is very complex, and their actions are a result of their combined knowledge, personality, experiences, etc. So, there are also some people that act innately out of kindness and compassion.
It is, however, easier to believe that something bad will happen rather than something good. One can argue karma, fate, destiny, and similar concepts. As is widely known, “This too shall pass.”. Bad things and unfortunate situations happen all the time. However, ‘bad’ does not last forever and ‘good’ is bound to come. Perhaps it is all a matter of perspective. But, it is also fact; no matter how dark the night, the sun shall rise in the east.