Like a lot of teenagers, I read Anne Frank’s diary as a teenager, and what stuck with me was this idealistic quote:
in spite of everything I still believe that people are basically good at heart
Recently, I was thinking about that, and that maybe it’s not true. But, you know, I didn’t want to disrespect the memory of Anne Frank, or of all the teachers who influenced me and held that diary up as an important work to teach values to their students.
Most of the time, people are basically good, and you can expect them to be. But sometimes, they’re not. And it’s important to remember that.