Many religions have concentrated on the negative nature of man, claiming we were born into sin and thus have an inherent evil streak. The cure for this tendency to want to do bad rather than good is often seen outside the self. Christianity provides a savior who forgives us and sets us free. Other religions have methods that often entail following the teachings of their faith which also include extreme devotion to certain tenants of faith. This might entail doing good deeds which will help them work their way out of damnation.
Few religions recognize the inherent good in each individual. Perhaps it’s time for a shift in perception. Maybe we should recognize the good in others and also the good within ourselves. After all, the prisons may be full, but that is the exception, not the norm. Millions of people live lives free from crime, hate, and fear. Despite what the news would have us believe, our planet is growing less violent and more peaceful.
As we shift our perception of what is wrong with the world and begin asking what is right with the world, we will begin to see that kindness surrounds, forgiveness abounds, and love — not hate — is the driving force of the planet.
 For further reading on this subject check out The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker
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