Long ago, in an intro to philosophy class, I had a professor who, first thing, told the class that he was an atheist. He just wanted to get that out of the way so no one would be wondering. One day, someone asked “If there’s no hell or heaven, why would people be good?”
The professor calmly said “How many people are in this room?” We looked around. Every seat was taken.
"Three times a week, you all come here, and sit politely for an hour. You often disagree strongly with each other. But you all come back and sit politely again. And you go to even more crowded places and endure annoyances calmly all the time. The news talks about those rare times people act violently. But most of the time, people act cooperatively with each other. We are not bad. We are mostly good, and we can trust each other."
That really stuck with me, since I had always been taught that humans are inherently bad. In my life, I’ve found it to be true. Even though there are horrific acts of violence in the news, the fact is, we are mostly pretty decent to each other, and actively try to be even kinder. The problem is those who act selfishly. Well, I think we need those people, too, but not as much as they think we need them. How do we encourage them to also be cooperative?
Here’s steps for a painting that was pretty defining for me as an artist. It’s a bit older now, but still gives me feels and feels belong on a tumblr. Took three or so days I believe, all from imagination.