@RussellSue Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I think we have a very similar mindset when it comes to these things, whilst I enjoy spending time with people but I also find it very difficult to not believe they are not self-centred and won't hurt others.
I think I can defiantly agree with that-- I guess it's difficult because "the truth" as I see it is often a little too bleak for most people. But also I do feel a sense of wonder and think it's better to work towards that in a truthful way than trying to delude yourself into it.And what IS is far more beautiful and awesome than delusions and blinkered false ideas that mislead and lead astray.
Ah yes! I've heard of that I will defiantly check that out.(You asked about books - might be good to read Man's Search For Meaning, written by Viktor Frankl. There aren't many horrors more terrible than what he lived through. The book is an examination of survival, and he conceived of most of the ideas in it while he was a prisoner at Auschwitz).
Yeah, I think this something I can believe in. To me, freedom and autonomy are really important. Ultimately, maybe "good" is less about being happy and making others happy and more about having choice over ourselves and letting others have choice over themselves.But as far as people are concerned - I don't really understand faith or hope or trust or anything that would go into believing that "people are inherently good". We're inherently nothing - blank - and then, we form ourselves.