When asked if I am an optimist or a pessimist, I would probably say that I try lean more toward optimism however I have pessimistic moments, as I think most anyone does. There are times when I automatically assume the worse. My mind wanders over to the dark side of “what if” and then anxiety takes hold. I must redirect myself to think of something more positive. Focus on the good that is happening.
However, when it comes to the philosophy of it all. I absolutely am an optimist. I know there is a lot of bad going on this world however I believe that good will win over evil. How can evil win in the end when there are still good people in this world? Good people will not stand idly by and allow such evil to happen without standing up and doing what they can to put a stop to it.
There will always be people like Maximillian Kolbe, a Catholic priest who saved more than 2,000 Jewish people during the Holocaust. When the Nazi’s discovered that Kolbe had been harboring 2,000 refuges in his monastery, they sent him to Auschwitz. He didn’t let that stop him though. He ended up sacrificing himself to save another. Ten prisoners were to be selected to be tortured as punishment because someone had escaped. When the Nazis went to select the men to be sent to Block 13 Father Kolbe heard one man begging for his life and Father Kolbe offered himself up in the man’s place. At the end of three weeks of torture Kolbe was the only one of those ten men left alive, so an executioner injected him with carbolic acid, killing him. Francis Gajowniczek is the man whom Father Kolbe saved by volunteering to go to Block 13. Francis survived Auschwitz and lived until 1995.
Pastor Lee Jong-rak has saved over 600 unwanted or mentally handicapped babies in South Korea. He created a baby box; a heated and padded box and built it into the side of his house. Parents who can’t or won’t care for their babies can drop them off in this box, when they do there is a sensor that lets him know there is a baby inside. Now unwanted babies are ending up on his doorstep instead of being abandoned on the side of the road.
How about the person who paid for a stranger’s lunch? Or the people who volunteer to help at the homeless shelter. The family that purchases extra gifts at Christmas to help give a better Christmas to a family in need. The teenager who holds the door open for you at the store. What about the teacher who gives up their time to help a struggling student? The people who volunteer their time to teach kids at groups like Awanas. The crossing guard at the school who stands outside in the rain, wind, freezing temperatures, and snow in order to ensure kids can safely cross the street. There are so many ordinary people in this world who brighten the darkness of this world. These people are simply going about their lives, they probably don’t even realize that they’re making such a significant difference in the lives of others. It is because of people like this that I am an optimist, I believe that good will win. How about you?