In dealing with life - there are two possible roads. On the first, you assume
that people are mostly bad and that they will screw you to the wall in a
heart beat. This road leads to cynicism and the abyss called despair. The
second road assumes that people are basically good, that integrity means
something and true love is a possibility. At the end of this road is hope.
Despair is a dark place that few people survive. It is totally devoid of
hope and those reaching it usually commit suicide. Few manage to scratch
and claw their way out of it. Where we place our focal point of belief determines
which road we've chosen to travel. One road leaves a door open for possibilities
whilst the other permanent closes out the potentialities of goodness.
This does not suggest that anyone travel life stupidly. Regardless, if
we choose to travel a road that ends in life, the possibility of life exists.
If we choose the road of despair and death - the end speaks for itself.